4 years A Re-Imagined PhD Infinite Collaborations
Working for the Public Good
with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Eric Gidal To Teach HPG Pilot Course
Environmental Humanities for the Public Good
(ENGL 6765: Literature, Culture, and Environment)
In Spring 2022, Eric Gidal (Professor of English) will teach a pilot course inspired by his work with the Environmental Change working group as part of Humanities for the Public Good. The course will familiarize students with significant recent projects and scholarship that develop action-oriented and use-inspired applications for the humanities; survey literary and visual arts from a range of traditions around the topics of energy, agriculture, and waterways; and meet with several non-profit organizations working in Johnson County and northeast Iowa. Students will also participate in cross-disciplinary discussions with students in the College of Engineering. Classwork will combine literary readings and theoretical reflections with guest speakers, field trips, and collaborative project planning. Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome. Learn More!
How Two History PhDs Spent Their Summers

History Ph.D. students Ashley Dorn and Caleb Pennington share the skills and insights gained from their HPG summer internships spent working with community partners, from the Iowa Labor Center to Special Collections. During her HPG internship with the Women in Trades Network, Dorn interviewed tradespeople like Catherine Mares (below) about their experiences working in construction and manufacturing trades.
Iowa Women in Trades Slide
Opportunities from Campus Partners & Beyond:
Humanities Without Walls
In Summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host HWW’s annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. The summer institute runs from June 17-July 1. Fellows receive a $4,500 stipend and living expenses.

Applications are due to the Obermann Center by Oct. 27th. Apply Here
Join the New Graduate Engagement Corps
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The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to host the inaugural Graduate Engagement Corps (GEC) Orientation, replacing the Obermann Center's Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. The GEC Orientation will serve as a basic introduction to the principles, methods, and tools of publicly engaged teaching, research, and projects.

Apply by 5 pm Oct. 29. Apply Here
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Teaching and Learning Circle
The IA Teaching and Learning Circle (TLC) is an online learning community that builds peer support and conversations about the opportunities, joys, and challenges of producing public and activist scholarship, as well as designing and delivering community-engaged courses and projects.
Join the IA TLC for a discussion on:
Organizing Institutional Change in Higher Education on behalf of Public and Engaged Scholars, with San José City College President Rowena Tomaneng.
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5 pm. Learn More
ACLS Public Engagement Program Call for Applications
The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants, a responsive funding program made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative. These grants are designed to repair the damage done to publicly engaged humanities projects and programs by the social and economic disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apply by Dec. 7. Read More
HWW Podcast on Higher Ed Issues
PhDFuturesNow! is a collaborative podcast created by the Humanities Without Walls consortium. Episodes focus on enriching graduate education and fostering career diversity for humanities students. The podcast includes a wide variety of guest interviews, including HPG P.I. Teresa Mangum in the April 2021 episode. Listen Here
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