UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center recently announced their ten new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows, one of which includes Global Studies PhD student Maya Zaynetdinova. This unique program prepares students for careers as dynamic, socially engaged humanists both within and beyond the academy.
"As a global scholar and activist, my goal is to produce research that leads to social change and can be easily digested by the public," says Zaynetdinova. "I also consider working in the industry outside of academia upon graduation as a possible career option. In order to be successful in that, I realize that it is crucial to foster 'public facing' skills, such as digital literacy, public speaking, and networking. The Public Humanities Graduate Fellows program offers a great opportunity to become a publicly engaged academic. The fellowship consists of two seminars ('History and Theory of Public Humanities' and 'Skills for the Public Sphere'), practical experience, and a capstone project. For the practical experience component, I will be working as a Communications Fellow at Direct Relief, humanitarian aid organization headquartered in Santa Barbara. The Public Humanities Fellowship combines theory and practice with the focus on professional development skills which I look forward to learning."
For the full list of current fellows, please visit: https://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/public-humanities/public-humanities-graduate-fellows-program/ihc-public-humanities-graduate-fellows/
The public humanities are collaborations between scholars and communities that generate new knowledge and creative work to strengthen civic agency and cultural life. Through seminars, practical experience, and a capstone project, Public Humanities Graduate Fellows become conversant with the history, theories, and methods of public humanities. They gain insight into the social reach and relevance of their scholarship and learn how to be publicly engaged academics. Graduate Fellows will also have the opportunity to use their skills in a variety of social and professional environments, including museums and other cultural institutions, government, education administration, and non-profit organizations.