2015–2016 Events

Public Speaking Workshops

Making History Work sponsored a series of six workshops where graduate students to refine their communication skills in a fun, friendly, and constructive environment.

Historians in the Public Sphere: A Conversation with David Perry

David Perry, associate professor of History, Dominican University, is a popularblogger and journalist whose work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Manchester Guardian, the Washington Post, Nation, Vice.com, Salon, and more. Perry discussed his experience as a historian in the public sphere.

From Dissertation to Book

Priya Nelson, associate editor at the University of Chicago Press, is responsible for history acquisitions. Nelson discussed how to turn a dissertation into a book; the questions academic press editors ask when deciding if a manuscript is worth publishing, and how to pick a dissertation topic that increases publication success.

Historians in the Public Sphere

Ada Palmer, assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago, is a science fiction and fantasy author of Too Like the Lightning.

Second Annual History Presentation Extravaganza

Internship Information Lunch

Five graduate students discussed their recent internship experiences, the skills they learned, and how the experience has helped their research and improved their work as historians. AJ Aronstein and Celina Chatman Nelson of graduate affairs office also attended.

Bibliographic Tools for Historians

  • Rebecca Starkey, librarian for college instruction and outreach, gave an overview of Endnote and Zotero bibliographic software.

Crash Course on Copyright, Open Access, and Author's Rights

  • Amy Buckland, the university's institutional repository manager, gave an overview of publishing scholarship in print or online.

Visual Resources for Research and Teaching

  • Bridget Madden, associate director of visual resources, demonstrated how to acquire and manipulate images for the classroom and in research.

Digital Humanities Lunch 

  • Jeff Tharsen, the university's digital humanities computing consultant, discussed digital humanities.

Time Management with Professor Ramón Gutiérrez

Managing a Seminar Research Project: Roundtable with HGSA Student Mentors

Perspectives on the Job Market with Professors Kathleen Belew and Paul Cheney

The Humanities "Crisis" and the Value of History with Professor Ken Pomeranz