Registration 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.
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
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.