Careers in History Symposium

unnamedRegistration is now open for the “Careers in History Symposium,” presented by the National Council on Public History, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Public History Program, and the IUPUI History Graduate Student Association. Registration is $15.

Undergraduate (and graduate) students should leave inspired and with information about graduate school, clear ideas about job possibilities that build off of their interests in history, as well as lists of resources and personal contacts they can call upon in considering their future.  Besides specific history/public history career information, we will offer fresh perspectives on the many ways in which professional historians, curators, preservationists, cultural resource managers, archivists, educators, government agencies, and small businesses work together.

Registration for the symposium, as well as updates and further information here.


8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome: Phil Scarpino, Professor of History, IUPUI

9:30 Networking Lightning Round

Our panelists will each have three minutes to describe their job. Registrants then rotate from table to table for small-group discussions with the panelists about their career paths.

Eloise Batic, Indiana Historical Society; Jennie Born, Born Aviation Products, Inc.; Doria Lynch, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Robert Mobley, North Central High School; Sami Norling, Indianapolis Museum of Art; David Pfeiffer, Johnson County Historical Society; Ed Roach, Dayton Aviation NHS; Kisha Tandy, Indiana State Museum; Linda Weintraut, Weintraut & Associates

11:30 Keynote Address: Briann Greenfield, Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

12:15 Lunch on your own

1:45 Breakout 1— So You Want to Go to Grad School for History?: Facilitated by Rebecca Shrum, Assistant Professor of History, IUPUI

For undergraduates considering or preparing for graduate school: how to pick the right history, public history, or museum studies program for you, tackle the application process, and make the rest of your undergraduate career count.

Breakout 2— So You Want to Find a Job in History?:

Facilitated by Modupe Labode, Assistant Professor of History, IUPUI, and John Dichtl, Executive Director, National Council on Public History

For graduate students, and undergrads who do not intend to go to graduate school: how to build a public history resume, search for jobs, and determine if pursuing further education is for you.

2:45 Closing Comments

3:30 Optional Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Tour 1—Indiana Historical Society

Tour 2—Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Explore a sampling of careers open to those who want to be historians or use historical training directly in their jobs. The focus will be public or applied history, but the discussions will include more specific areas, such as museum studies, historic preservation, archives, policy, civic engagement, and business.

Jane Pauley to discuss new book

Former NBC “Today” show host Jane Pauley will bring inspiring stories of mid-life reinvention featured in her new book to the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus on March 14.

A familiar face on morning, daytime and prime-time television for more than 30 years, Pauley, an Indiana native who graduated from IU Bloomington, will sit down with fellow IU alumna Megan Fernandez, Indianapolis Monthly executive editor, to discuss her new book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.”

Pauley has become one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists — most recently, for the award-winning “Your Life Calling” segment (now titled “Life Reimagined Today”) on the “Today” show. In recent years, Pauley has crisscrossed the country meeting and profiling men and women in their 50s and older who see the future as an opportunity for reinvention rather than retirement.

Since the first episode, “The Joy of Socks,” aired in 2010 on NBC, Pauley has profiled 25 remarkable people whose personal reinvention informs and inspires. Now she brings these stories to the page, looking to inspire others to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways.

“The people Jane writes about exemplify the spirit of the liberal arts tradition,” said Larry Singell, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, where Pauley received a degree in political science in 1972. “When students prepare, in the liberal arts tradition, to question critically, act creatively and live ethically, they are ready to succeed at any number of careers and at any juncture in life.”

The event will take place at noon on March 14 in Room 450 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. A light lunch will be provided. Pauley will sign copies of her book after the interview.

The event, sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, is free to Indiana University Alumni Association members and $10 for non-IUAA members. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to the first 150 people who register.