FALL 2023 and SPRING 2024

2023 - 2024 Series: AI and the Teaching of Humanities-Based Writing

We’ve all been hearing, reading, and talking a lot about the seemingly quite sudden and dramatic impact that artificial intelligence will likely have on writing generally, and on student writing in humanities-based courses especially. Those of us who broker humanistic writing at UM have plenty of lingering questions as we continue to think about how we should teach writing in the new age of ChatGPT. This academic year, the Center for the Humanities is pleased to host a series of informal events to help you shape your instructional thinking around AI.

Friday, February 23 @ 12:00 - 1:30pm, Richter Library, First Floor, Flex Space B

"Workshop / AI in the Writing Classroom: Perspectives from a Faculty Working Group"

Discussion with Faculty Participants from the College of Arts and Sciences

Featured Panelists:

  • Sarah Cash, Senior Lecturer, Department of Writing Studies
  • Shai Cohen, Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Daryl Greenfield, Psychology
  • April Mann, Director of The Writing Center
  • Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu, Sociology
  • Adina Sanchez-Garcia, Director of First Year Writing, Department of Writing Studies
  • Mari Williams, Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

You are invited to attend a workshop on working with student writing in the context of emerging AI technology.

This panel discussion, AI in the Writing Classroom: Perspectives from a Faculty Working Group, presents the culmination of extensive research and collaboration within a faculty working group dedicated to exploring the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the writing classroom. We will discuss some of the group's findings, innovative pedagogical approaches, and practical strategies that harness AI tools to enhance the teaching and learning of writing. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into how AI can be leveraged to provide personalized feedback, promote critical thinking, and foster creativity in writing instruction.  

Co-organized by: Adina Sanchez-Garcia and April Mann, Department of Writing Studies and the Writing Center, University of Miami.

 to reserve your spot for this lunchtime program! Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 21, to enable the Center for the Humanities to plan for set-up and lunches.

Friday, September 15, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Richter Library, First Floor, Flex Space B

“Thinking/Teaching with Machines: Rhetoric, Writing, and Artificial Intelligence”

Discussion with Ben Lauren, Associate Professor and Chair of Writing Studies

One of the intriguing possibilities artificial intelligence (AI) offers writing teachers and students is thought partnership. In this presentation, Professor Ben Lauren will share examples of thought partnership with AI in action to enhance critical thinking and engagement with the texts we encounter and compose. Additionally, Ben will share examples of in-class writing activities that can be used to practice critical thinking during the writing and revision process.

Organized by the Center for the Humanities and Writing Studies.

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Tuesday, February 20 @ 12:30pm, Richter Library, Second Floor, Cuban Heritage Collection, Conference Room

“Workshop on Academic Publishing”

Discussion with Steven P. Rodríguez, Scholarly Acquisitions Editor, Vanderbilt University Press; Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History.

Steven P. Rodríguez is a PhD candidate in history at Vanderbilt University and scholarly acquisitions editor at Vanderbilt University Press. He holds a BA in history and philosophy from The College of New Jersey, an MA in history from Brandeis University, and an MA from Vanderbilt University. His work has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Goizueta Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation. His article, “Education is the Precursor to Commerce”: Pan-Americanism and Inter-American Education, “was recently published in Diplomatic History. In addition to his work as a scholar-editor, Steven serves as a host for the New Books Network, an author-interview podcast.

Co-sponsored by: Center for the Humanities, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA), Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC), Department of History, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.

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Workshop / "Scholarly Publishing: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know"

Adina Popescu Berk, Senior Editor for History at Yale University Press

Friday, February 3, 12:30 – 2:00pm. Online Program.

Bring your publishing questions and conundrums to this talk that will cover the essentials of publishing for scholars. We will broach any topic that is of interest to the audience, including: How do I choose a press? What if my top press says no? What is the difference between a trade and a crossover book? How do I pitch my book to editors or agents? What does a good book proposal look like? What kind of timeline can I expect to my finished book? How do I turn my dissertation into a book? Is there a difference between a first book and a second book? What does a book contract look like, and what should I watch out for? How do publishers decide what the price will be? Should I work with an agent? And more!

Adina Popescu Berk is senior editor for history at Yale University Press. She has worked at Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Basic Books, and Westview Press and has worked on trade books, scholarly books, textbooks, journals, and digital publications in history, psychology, sociology, and African American studies. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

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Workshop / “How and When to Use a Developmental Editor for an Academic Book”

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Lillian Manzor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Friday, March 3, 12:30 – 2:00pm. Richter Library, First Floor, Flex Space B.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 1 (end of day, so we can confirm number of lunches).

In this workshop, we will briefly discuss how and when to use a developmental editor to assist in the completion of an academic monograph. 

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel is a Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; the Marta Weeks Chair in Latin American Studies; and specializes in colonial, postcolonial Latin American, and Caribbean literature. She teaches courses on critical theory, comparative coloniality, gender and sexuality studies, and Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean studies. 

Lillian Manzor is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami's College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty lead for Latin American and Caribbean Research at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, USA, and founding director of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive.

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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!


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!

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!