Reimagining Doctoral Curriculum for the Public Good (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Friday, September 20, 9:30-4:30pm

A workshop for faculty members and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Co-sponsored by the Public Science Project.

Friday, 20 September 2019

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Please join the PublicsLab for a one-day workshop on transforming doctoral curriculum in the humanities at The Graduate Center for the good of the public. Together, we will consider the promise and potential of doctoral education in the humanities to be both more student-centered and more public facing. We will address the following central question: How can we support graduate students in doing public scholarship and preparing for careers both inside and outside the academy?

We will be joined by Jenna Lay, associate professor in the LeHigh University English department, to hear about her own efforts at programmatic reform and their outcomes for their graduate students. Also joining us will be the GC’s own Katina Rogers, co-director of the Futures Initiative and author of the forthcoming Putting the PhD to Work: Theory, Practice, and Models for Thriving beyond the Classroom (anticipated spring 2020, Duke University Press).

This workshop is required for anyone who intends to apply for a Doctoral Curriculum Enhancement Grant from the PublicsLab, but all Graduate Center faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are invited to register. Attendance is free but will be capped at 25, so early registration is recommended. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED for this event. To be put on a waiting list, please email PublicsLab Director Stacy Hartman at

Schedule (subject to change)

9:30 a.m.     Introductions

9:45 a.m.     Presentation by Professor Jenna Lay on doctoral program reform at Lehigh University and review of available data on CUNY PhD outcomes

10:45 a.m.   Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.    Discussion of Chapter 3 of Putting the PhD to Work with Dr. Katina Rogers of the GC Futures Initiative

12:00 p.m.   Lunch and establishment of working groups

1:00 p.m.    Working Groups

3:00 p.m.    Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.    Closing Discussion and Next Steps