Seminars & Workshops

FALL 2020

Virtual Grant Writing Workshop

Friday, August 28th
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Join the Center for the Humanities for a virtual grant writing workshop designed to help UM instructors and graduate students navigate the resources and opportunities offered through the University.  Hear from several key partners and ask them your questions!  Presenters include:
  • Maria Stampino, College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office
  • Joanna Johnson, Department of English
  • Erin Kobetz, Development and Strategy Office
  • Tracy Erlich, Office of Research Administration and IBIS Research 
Please register here by Monday, August 24th.  Registrants will then receive the zoom meeting link on the morning of August 28th. 

Virtual Panel: "Careers in Secondary Education"

Wednesday, November 4th
4:00pm to 5:30pm

In an effort to assist graduate students and early career professionals who are considering alternatives to the professoriate, the Center is pleased to offer a virtual panel featuring PhD's who have found success in secondary education positions. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions.  Panelists include:
  • Dr, Joseph Mendes: English Instructor and Varsity Wrestling Coach, St. Andrew's School
  • Dr. Corinne Lhermitte: French Instructor, International Studies Preparatory Academy
  • Dr. Jacqueline Grant: History Instrucrot, Gulliver Preparatory 


Please register here by Monday, November 2nd.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the webinar. 


Seminar: "A Conversation with Valeria Luiselli"

Tueday, March 9, 2021
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In addition to providing a Stanford lecture in the 2021-2022 academic year, Valeria Luiselli will participate in a discussion of the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit, to be installed on the first floor of Otto G. Richter Library in late-February 2021.  Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project and features over 3200 handwritten toe tags representing migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.  The conversation will be moderated by UM faculty Chantel Acevedo and Sallie Hughes and will center on topics such as immigration policies, the history of the Southern border, the narratives and lived experiences of immigrants and how these stories are told, as well as how the exhibit relates to Luiselli’s current projects.  Time will be allotted for questions from the audience as well. 

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions; and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award,  and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Writer in Residence at Bard College and lives in New York City.  


WATCH THE RECORDING HERE THROUGH June 9, 2021.  *Please note: due to YouTube restrictions, we were required to trim out a segment of this recording where Prof. Luiselli shared a video of the song, "Canción Sin Miedo" (Versión El Palomar).  Although we had to cut this segment, the video appears to be availalbe here.

Virtual Workshop with Gisela Fosado: "Publishing Your Book: Advice from an Editor"

Friday, March 19th
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Navigating the publishing world can feel daunting, particularly in an environment where presses face an ever-shrinking monograph market and are continually adjusting their publishing programs to stay solvent.  In light of these challenges, Dr. Gisela Fosado’s workshop will cover topics such as how to shape your project to broaden its readership, navigate the world of academic publishing, understand an editor's role, prepare for and get the most out of the peer review process, and help make your book a success once it's published.  Faculty and students planning to publish their research are encouraged to attend this virtual event and come prepared with their questions!  Please register for the workshop by March 17.  

In addition to the workshop, faculty members may request a consultation session with Dr. Fosado.  Please complete the form by March 1st to pick a time to meet.  Sessions will last 20 minutes.  Please be advised that materials, including a brief explanation of what you'd like to discuss, your CV, and a 1-page abstract of the project (a full proposal will be accepted if need be) will need to be submitted to Dr. Fosado by March 5th.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email by March 2nd with instructions on how to join the meeting and how to submit these materials. 

Gisela Fosado is an Editor at Duke University Press and publishes books in a wide range of areas in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, American and Atlantic World history, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity, African American and Africana studies, environmental studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies. She works with authors writing scholarly books, as well as those for general readerships, and is particularly interested in books that foreground marginalized perspectives, adopt an intersectional approach, and contribute to our understanding of social movements and inequality.


"Paper-to-Poster" Workshop

Monday, March 29th
4:30pm to 5:30pm

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Just in time for the College of Arts & Sciences Research Celebration, students are invited to attend and learn the basics of good poster design and receive feedback on their current design ideas.  This workshop is intended for all majors but may be especially helpful to novice presenters looking to transform a research paper into a professional academic poster, suitable for conferences and symposia.  If you have a great paper that you're eager to share via a scholarly venue, this workshop is for you!

James Sobczak is the STEM librarian at Richter Library. He has given several workshops on Adobe creative software programs as well as on poster design. With his background in information science and architecture, he can provide constructive feedback on your poster designs to enhance your visual communication skills.

Ava Brillat is the English, English Composition, Theatre Arts, and Classics Librarian at Richter Library. She has judged poster sessions at professional conferences, and has experience with translating essays into a visual format.