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Symposium on Humanities Beyond the Academy
April 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to a symposium on career opportunities for Humanities scholars. The event will feature presentations by UB alumni who have built rewarding and diverse careers outside the academy, as well as a career fair with representatives from regional organizations that employ Humanities graduates both as interns and in fulltime positions.
The event is free and lunch will be provided to those who register via the Symposium website.
For more information and to register, click here.
For inquiries, contact Kristin Stapleton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Symposium has received support from the American Historical Association, the SUNY Excels Professional Pathways Project, and the UB Department of History.
9 – 9:20 | Coffee
9:20 | Welcome: David Strittmatter (UB History PhD candidate) and Kristin Stapleton (Director of Graduate Studies, UB History Department)
9:30 – 10:45 | Keynote address: “Wayward Historians: Careers beyond Research Universities”
Dr. Franklin S. Odo, John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy, Amherst College
The author of numerous books and articles on Asian American history, Dr. Odo has taught at many colleges and universities. He was founding director of the Asian Pacific American Center in the Smithsonian Institution from 1997 to 2010. He has been involved with the Library of Congress and, currently, with the National Park Service.
10:45 | Break
11 – 12:30 | Roundtable: Career Paths, part one
Chair: David Strittmatter
Kritika Agarwal, PhD, UB Transnational Studies. Associate Editor, Publications, American Historical Association
Jon-Paul C. Dyson, PhD, UB History. Director, International Center for the History of Electronic Games and Vice President for Exhibits, Strong Museum
Rick Mikulski, PhD, UB History. Reference Librarian, Drew University Library, Madison, NJ
Todd Hobler, PhD, UB History. Vice-President, WNY Nursing Homes, SEIU 1199
12:30–1:30 | Lunch
1:30 – 3 | Roundtable: Career Paths, part two
Chair: David Gerber, UB Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus
Scott Eberle, PhD, UB History. Vice President for Play Studies and Editor of the American Journal of Play, Strong Museum
Katie Grennell, PhD, UB Transnational/American Studies/Disability Studies. Analyst, Campus Labs.
Gregory Michaelidis, BA and MA, UB History; PhD, University of Maryland, College Park. Founder & Director Security Awareness Lab, LLC
Paul Zwirecki, PhD, UB History. Director of Administration & Special Projects, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
Stephanie Bucalo, PhD student, UB Urban and Regional Planning. Staff member at PixStori/Randforce Associates, LLC
3 – 4:15 | Public History career fair (with refreshments available)
4:15 – 4:45 | Reflections on careers in public history
Dr. Philip Payne, Professor, St. Bonaventure Department of History
Former Historic Site Manager, President Warren G. Harding’s Home and Museum, Ohio Historical Society
Institutions and companies that will be represented at the Career Fair:
- Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
- Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum
- Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
- Chautauqua Institution
- Randforce Associates, LLC/ Talking Pictures, LLC
- The Innovation Center, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
- Buffalo History Museum
- Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center at Forest Lawn Cemetery
- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
- Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
- Buffalo Harbor Museum
- Steel Plant Museum of Western New York
- Museum of disAbility History
- Strong Museum of Play
- Buffalo Harbor Museum
- University at Buffalo Career Services
Please check back in April for complete list.