Current Public Fellows and Alumni Build Community and Reflect at Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Seminar 2019


The seminar, which gathers fellows at the midpoint of their fellowship terms (between the first and second years), featured sessions on career development, networking, and professional development and ample opportunities to learn from and network with program alumni. Along with alumni guests and ACLS staff, the current fellows reflected on the first year of their fellowships and began planning for the second year and beyond.  

Eight alumni working in diverse career fields joined the group to share their stories and offer advice about forging careers in the nonprofit sector. Alums talked about their own professional journeys and provided specific strategies for networking, negotiation, and career exploration. Alumni participants included

Cecily Garber (F’14), Director, Member Communications, National Business Officers Association

Ciara Murphy (F’14), Director of Strategic Research and Planning, The Public Theater

Nicole Ivy (F’15), Assistant Professor of American Studies, George Washington University

Cara Shousterman (F’15), Program Director, CUNY Techworks

Emily Lederman (F’16), Program Director, Truth Be Told

Eric Garcia McKinley (F’16), Independent Consultant/Writer

Adam Steinberg (F’16), Managing Editor of Research Publications, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Aleia Brown (F’17), Assistant Director of African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Initiative at University of Maryland, College Park

On Friday afternoon, ACLS President Joy Connolly visited the seminar and addressed the group. She noted that the mission of the Public Fellows program—to demonstrate the serious practical value of doctoral education in the humanities—resonates with the notion in Roman philosophical traditions that virtue and knowledge are not sufficient in themselves and are only good when put into use. President Connolly also spoke to the value of convenings like the seminar, where the unique experiences and perspectives of Public Fellows can be shared, and fellows can learn from one another.

Overall, the fellows reported that the weekend was both productive and satisfying; they particularly appreciated opportunities to network with their cohort, learn from the experiences of alumni, and explore the various resources available to them through ACLS and the Public Fellows alumni community.


Bathsheba Bryant-Tarpeh (F'18) and Robin Garcia (F'18)