Making History Work

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Making History Work is the pilot program for the AHA-Mellon Career Diversity for Historians initiative at the University of Chicago. The initiative provides skill building and professional development opportunities for doctoral students to better prepare them for a wide range of careers within and beyond the academy. 

Every History PhD student, regardless of whether they pursue an academic or nonacademic career after graduation, can benefit from discussing careers and learning skills not traditionally emphasized in graduate programs. Making History Work develops new workshops and events that will allow graduate students to acquire a diverse set of skills and more effectively communicate the value of their training and research to a wider audience. The initiative also works to place students in internships and helps them identify new areas where they can apply their expertise and historical training. In this way, Making History Work encourages University of Chicago graduate students to become versatile, articulate historians engaged in the world around them and prepared to navigate the challenges and opportunities facing the discipline today.
Events for 2015–16 will include workshops on career preparation, digital literacies, online presence, and writing for different audiences in different media. Other events will bring together faculty and students to discuss the future of the discipline and the value of historical training in the twenty-first century. Forging stronger bonds between current students and program alumni also serves as a major focus of the initiative this year.
Making History Work is led by faculty directors Kenneth Pomeranz and Emily Lynn Osborn and Mellon Career Development Officer Lindsey Martin, PhD.

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