We have an exciting line-up of events for the 2017-18 academic year – please scroll down for more information about upcoming events. Join our mailing list by contacting Emily Goodling (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winter Quarter, 2018
Andrew Wood, January 22nd, 12:30pm, Pigott Hall 252
The Accidental Entrepreneur: The Humanities PhD Who Started His Own Business
While working on a PhD. in German Studies at Stanford, Andrew Wood started a business teaching acting in San Francisco, using his training as a director at the Yale School of Drama. He completed his doctorate and moved the business to Los Angeles, where it has been recognized by Backstage.com as a top Los Angeles acting school. In this talk, Andrew will reflect on his experiences starting and growing the business, share the many lessons he learned, and talk about how his experience pursuing and attaining a doctorate has intersected with this process.
Andrew Wood is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, and he has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in literature. In 2004, he founded his acting studio in San Francisco, and expanded it to Los Angeles in 2008. His students have appeared on acclaimed shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Homeland, The Office, Westworld, The Man in the High Castle, Animal Kingdom, Training Day, 13 Reasons Why and Chasing Life, among others. He contributes to Backstage as a Backstage Expert. He is the Artistic Director of Uranium Madhouse, a Los Angeles-based theater company which he founded in 2011. He has produced and directed four productions for Uranium Madhouse, including a production of his new, authorized translation of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man, which was co-sponsored by the International Brecht Society and the Goethe Institut Los Angeles. His blog has been recognized as a top blog for actors by Peer Hustle and Feedspot, and his writing has appeared on the acting website Stage Milk. The Los Angeles lifestyle magazine Voyage LA recently profiled Andrew on its website.
Carlos Alonso, March 1st, 5:00pm, Pigott Hall 252
What Are We Saving When We Say We Want to Save the Humanities?
In this lecture, Carlos Alonzo analyzes the current situation of the Humanities as a field of study, and of the University as an institution, in our era or universal commodification. He also considesr some of the proposals that have been advanced to preserve both.
Carlos J. Alonso is the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities, and has been Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University since 2010. He is a specialist in Latin American intellectual history and cultural production, and in modern literary and cultural theory. He is the author of Modernity and Autochthony: The Spanish American Regional Novel (Cambridge UP), The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America (Oxford UP), and editor of Julio Cortázar: New Readings (Cambridge UP). From 2000-03 he was Editor of PMLA, one of the premiere journal of the Humanities in the United States, and was a member of the committee that produced the recent Report of the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature in 2014.
Harriett Jernigan, March 14th, 12:30pm, Piggott Hall 216
It Was Never about Any of That: (Re)Framing a Life in the Humanities
What happens when you realize the academic brass ring is—for whatever reason—out of reach? And what happens when you realize it was never about any of that anyway? How do you reframe your understanding of the humanities and your place in it?
Harriett Jernigan studied German and Creative Writing in New College at the University of Alabama and then earned her PhD in German Studies at Stanford University. She has taught a wide range of subjects in the Humanities at a variety of levels in the U.S. and Germany, works as a translator, and currently lives and teaches in Berlin, where she is conducting research on learner autonomy and storytelling.
Fall Quarter, 2017
The Best Decision Ever: Thriving in Business with a Humanities PhD – Kathryn Hume
Hume will share how she went from academia and a degree in Comparative Literature to becoming a technology executive, underscoring how the contemporary workplace provides opportunities to teach, learn, and even impact the future of education.
Thursday, November 9th
Pigott Hall, Room 252
Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises, and a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), Kathryn helped Fortune 500 companies accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities. Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language. She has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, and society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
The Curse of Illegibility – Adam Morris
A graduate of Spanish and Portuguese, Morris will discuss his current work as a literary translator and author, including the benefits and hidden pitfalls of approaching the literary industry with a humanities PhD.
Wednesday, November 15th
Pigott Hall, Room 252
Adam Morris is an author, editor, and translator. He graduated from Stanford with a PhD in Spanish & Portuguese in 2015. His translations have been supported by the 2012 Susan Sontag Foundation Prize for Literary Translation and a 2017 PEN/Heim translation grant. His translations and essays have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, n+1, BOMB, Music & Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. His first book, American Messiahs, is forthcoming from Liveright/W.W. Norton in 2018.
Spring Quarter 2017
When and How to Recruit Arts and Humanities Students: Field Observations
A workshop with David Wilson, D.M.A. (Stanford PhD student, musicology)
Tuesday, May 23, 12:00-1:00 pm
Pigott Hall (building 260) room 216
What encourages students to explore the arts and humanities? When and why do students decide they are not "that kind of student"? How do we make humanities and the arts appealing courses of study in high school and college? Join us for a conversation with David Wilson, academic and vocal arts performer and instructor. Participants are encouraged to speak from their own disciplinary perspectives in this open workshop as we consider possibilities for increased and collaborative recruitment.
Discussion will be based on a presentation of Wilson's experiences as well as two brief readings*, which consider music education. (Please note that the Evans article focuses on 14- to 19-year-olds in the British educational system.) We welcome participants to consider commonalities and differences between the points raised in the readings and their own disciplinary experiences.
* Readings can be downloaded from the event webpage for this workshop: https://dlcl.stanford.edu/events/when-and-how-recruit-arts-and-humanitie...
Winter Quarter 2017
We are thrilled to welcome Stacy Hartman, a graduate of the German Studies PhD in the DLCL, to return to Stanford in her role as Program Coordinator of the MLA's Connected Academics project. She will lead two excellent events for us this February:
"Humanists at Large: Humanities Education in an Age of Precarity"
A talk by Stacy Hartman, PhD, Program Coordinator of "Connected Academics," MLA
Thursday, February 16, 12:00-1:00 pm
Pigott Hall (building 260) room 252