Seminars & Workshops

FALL 2022

"Classroom Connections through Object-Based Learning" / Organized by PETAL and the Center for the Humanities

Friday, September 16, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00pm, Richter Library, First Floor, Flex B. (Lunch Provided.)

Featured Panelists: Cristina Favretto (Special Collections), Jodi Sypher (Lowe Art Museum, Ashli White (History), and Nick Pici (Writing Studies)

This session is meant to provide an introduction on object-based learning (OBL), a student-centered learning approach that uses objects to create a more profound learning experience. Join our expert panelists as we explore OBL benefits, case studies at UM, and which resources are available to faculty who are curious in getting started!



In-person Seminar with Professor Stephanie Burt: “Poems, Portraits, Characters"

Friday, April 8, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Richter Library, First Floor, Learning Commons Flex Space B

Registration required. Please register here.

Registration is reserved for University of Miami faculty and students, but all are welcome to attend Professor Burt's Stanford Lecture on Thursday, April 7 @ 7:00pm at Lakeside Pavilion, Coral Gables Campus.

How do you get to know a person-- imagined or real-- through a poem? What choices do poets make when depicting historical or imaginary characters, or when giving a life and a personality to a tree, a coin, an eel, a wrench? How can we, if we write poetry ourselves, learn from poems depicting imagined characters, and what resources can those poems bring to us as we read the rest of the world? We'll ask those questions with examples from Anglo-Saxon and from ancient Greek, from Keats and Emily Dickinson and Terrance Hayes and Louise Gluck and Carter Revard, and from other contemporary examples. We may end up with a poetry-writing exercise of our own.


Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard University with interests in 20th and 21st century poetry; science fiction; literature and geography; contemporary writing; comics and graphic novels; literature; and other arts. Burt received a BA from Harvard University in 1994 and a PhD in English from Yale University in 2000. An accomplished writer, the following is a selection of her work: Advice from the Lights (2017); The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (2016); Belmont Poems (2013); Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (2008); The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th-Century Poetry (2007); Parallel Play (2006); editor, Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden (2005); “‘September 1, 1939 Revisited’ or, Poetry, Politics, and the Idea of the Public” (2003); Randall Jarrell and His Age (2002); and Popular Music (1999).


Virtual Stanford Seminar with Daphne Brooks: “'Twice Militant' Friendships: Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry & James Baldwin"

Friday, February 4, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Join us for a seminar session with Daphne Brooks, Professor of African American Studies and Theater Studies at Yale University. This seminar invites participants to engage in a conversation about the intersectional, radically progressive lives, performances, and literary and intellectual work of three genius African American artists who were aligned with each other in Black freedom struggle aspirations and intellectual, aesthetic, and political sensibilities and who cultivated meaningful friendships with one another at the height of the Civil Rights movement. James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, and Nina Simone drew creative inspiration from each other, produced aesthetic work as forms of critical communication with and heartfelt tributes for one another, and together forged a revolution in Black radical cultural politics that shaped an era. The seminar conversation will focus on the centrality of theater and performance as insurgent acts of self-making and social reform in each of their repertoires, and it will pay particular attention to the ways that drama, music, oratory, and public debate were forms that all three artists explored and experimented with as tools of Black resistance.

Registration is reserved for University of Miami faculty and students, but all are welcome to virtually attend the Stanford lecture by Dr. Daphne Brooks on Thursday, February 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm.

Daphne A. Brooks is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2006), winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR; Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005) and Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (Harvard University, February 2021). 

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Lecture information and registration here!

Virtual Workshop with John Paul Christy: “Applying for ACLS Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities and Social Sciences"

Friday, February 25, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

This presentation offers guidance for scholars pursuing fellowships and grants in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on funding opportunities offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). After a brief review of ACLS programs, Christy will offer insight into ACLS’s peer review processes and offer tips and strategies for submitting a strong proposal. Learn how ACLS develops programs and funding opportunities for scholars, who is reading and evaluating proposals for funding, and how to strengthen and clarify your materials for these audiences.


John Paul Christy is the Senior Director of US Programs, where he helps maintain and enhance the Council’s peer-review processes while also developing and implementing new fellowship and grant programs and other initiatives to support scholars and scholarship in the humanities. Before joining ACLS in 2012, John Paul was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC, where his portfolio included projects related to US cultural diplomacy and the public humanities. He received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration here!

In-person Seminar with Professor John McNeill: “Seven Millennia of Caribbean Disease History to 1850"

Friday, March 4, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room (online option)

Registration is reserved for University of Miami faculty and students, but all are welcome to attend the Stanford lecture by Dr. John McNeill on Thursday, March 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm at the Kislak Center or online. Registration required.

Recording here!

This seminar offers a long-term look at the disease environment of the Caribbean region since it was first settled roughly 7,000 years ago. It draws on paleogenomics, bio-archeology, and historical sources to explain the apparent insignificance of infectious disease before 1492 (or perhaps 1518) and thereafter its extreme prominence until about 1850. It presents the region's disease history, 1492-1850, as a tale of two "syndemics," a concept borrowed from medical anthropology. Multiple overlapping epidemics combined with social pathologies characteristic first of colonial conquest (ca. 1492-1570) and slave society (ca. 1640-1850) to generate two different disastrous demographic regimes.


John McNeill was born and raised in Chicago and remains passionately devoted to the professional sports teams of the Windy City. He earned, or at any rate was awarded, a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Since 1985 he has cheerfully served as a faculty member of the School of Foreign Service and History Department at Georgetown. From 2003 until 2006 he held the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environmental and International Affairs, until his appointment as University Professor. He teaches world history, environmental history, and international history at Georgetown; and writes books, and directs Ph.D. students, mainly in environmental history. He has served as president of both the American Society for Environmental History (2011-13) and the American Historical Association (2019), and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Europaea.

SPRING 2022 - Additional Seminars & Workshops

UM Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI)

Thursday, January 20 – Saturday, January 22, 2022

In partnership with the Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group, the Center for the Humanities, and our other generous sponsors, we are excited to offer the first UM Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI). As part of the CUNY Graduate Center DHRI Network, we will be offering 2 1/2 days of virtual workshops on foundational DH skills, including mapping/GIS, project and data management, and text analysis with R, concluding with a roundtable discussion of the state of DH at UM.

We also want to highlight the NEH Grant Workshop led by Elizabeth Tran, Senior Program Officer at the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. This session will help participants better understand which programs at NEH can support digital humanities projects, how to write a competitive application, and how the NEH review process works. The Institute is open to all graduate students, faculty members, and undergraduates. Separate registration for each session is required and you may register for as many or as few sessions as you like.

Learn more and register.

Please contact Tarika Sankar ( or Dieyun Song ( with any questions.



FALL 2021

Virtual Workshop with William Germano: “Revising the Dissertation, Finishing the Book: a working seminar on scholarly writing”

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 12:00 - 2:30pm

This session is primarily designed for postdocs, junior faculty, and other early-career scholars, but it's really about the challenges that all writing scholars face. How do I make what I have on paper appealing to an editor, to a publishing house, to a readership? Each participant is asked to submit in advance a current c.v. and a book proposal (five to ten pages). Each proposal will receive written feedback prior to the first session. Together we will use the occasion to work through issues and concerns emerging from the written feedback as well as from new questions posed by the participants. Those participating are encouraged to come to the Thursday afternoon talk, which will reinforce some of the points we will discuss in our session. Note that our time together will be structured as a class, not as a lecture. Come prepared for some breakout room work.

Time commitment: 2.5 hours in session, plus preparation of materials and review of response. Registration will be limited to fifteen attendants.

William Germano has served as editor in chief at Columbia University Press and vice-president and editorial director at Routledge. Since 2006 he has been professor of English literature at Cooper Union. Among his books are Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (3/e 2016) and From Dissertation to Book (2/e 2013), both published by the University of Chicago Press. His most recent book, written with Kit Nicholls, is Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document That Changes Everything (Princeton, 2020). Over the past twenty-five years he has given talks and led workshops on scholarly writing at institutions in North America, Europe, Abu Dhabi, Australia and New Zealand. On Revision: The Only Writing That Counts will be published in October 2021 by the University of Chicago Press.


Professional Development: Expanding Career Opportunities for Ph.D. Students

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Beyond the dissertation is your career, but what opportunities are out there? What might you do now to prepare for the next stage? Please join our distinguished panel of University of Miami professionals who will share their stories and strategies for navigating careers “post-Ph.D.” in university administration and answer your own questions. Panelists: Christina Larson, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences; Roxane Pickens, Ph.D., Director, Learning Commons, UM Libraries; and Director, American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences; Maryann Tobin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Recording here!