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Navigating Academic Conferences webinar

Navigating Academic Conferences

July 24, 2017 Blog

Conferences are the backbone of academic community building. But what are you supposed to actually do there? Learn how to build your professional network through academic conferences, manage your energy levels and nerves, get productive feedback on your work, and avoid going broke in the process.

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Writing Syllabi That Work

Writing Syllabi That Work

June 21, 2017 Blog

What goes into a good syllabus? Is writing a syllabus for a class you’re teaching different from writing a syllabus for a job application? What’s the balance between two much or too little information? And how can your syllabi help you build a multifaceted career both within and beyond academia?

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Art and Community-Based Research with Aymar Jean Christian

June 5, 2017 Blog

Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.

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Writing for NonAcademic Audiences webinar

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences (the webinar)

May 30, 2017 Blog

Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski will share the power of public writing, what it entails, and how it can help us in our careers. Join us to learn what happens (and how to handle) when our public writing gets read, and even how to get paid for our words!

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Staying Motivated Over the Summer

Staying Motivated Over the Summer (the webinar)

May 22, 2017 Blog

Summer vacation! Your grading is done, seminars have ended, conference season is winding down, and committee meetings are abating. You’re excited to tackle your big writing projects, but already feel the pull of summer sun and fun. Come learn how to get your projects done while also enjoying the season.

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Sunaina Marr Maira on The 9/11 Generation

May 15, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Sunaina Marr Maira discussing her book The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, & Solidarity in the War on Terror.

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Rebekah Sheldon on The Child to Come

May 12, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Rebekah Sheldon discussing her book The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe.

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Tressie McMillan Cottom on Lower Ed

May 8, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Tressie McMillan Cottom discussing her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.

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Minh-Ha T. Pham on Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet

May 6, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Minh-Ha T. Pham discussing her book Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging.

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Workshop for Cultural Studies Job Seekers

May 5, 2017 Blog

In this hands-on workshop, participants will hear from academic as well as non-academic employers and learn strategies for navigating their job searches. Ideas on Fire will share how cultural studies scholars can build diverse, exciting careers beyond the academy and best match their skillset to careers in various industries.

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Podcasting & Public Intellectualism (the workshop)

May 5, 2017 Blog

Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; how teachers use podcasts in the classroom as teaching materials; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent media.

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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Prepping for an Altac Postac Career

Prepping Your Altac/Postac Career in Grad School

April 3, 2017 Blog

Universities usually provide professional training for tenure-track careers, but few end up in those positions. So what about everyone else? Come learn from Jennifer Polk and Alexandra Sastre how to use graduate school to develop the skills, networks, and vision needed to build careers beyond the tenure track.

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Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

March 27, 2017 Blog

You have an awesome dissertation topic. You’ve assembled your team of advisors. You’re even rocking the writing process. But how do you put it all together? Come learn how to organize your dissertation chapters—both big-scale (across the dissertation as a whole) and small-scale (within each chapter).

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Working Well with Advisors

Working Well with Grad Advisors

March 6, 2017 Blog

Dissertations are group efforts. So how to find the right advisors for your grad school experience and your dissertation? And how to work with them well once you do? Come learn how to identify what you need and want, finding matches for your communication styles, and troubleshooting sticky advising situations.

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Pedagogy in the Public Sphere

Pedagogy in the Public Sphere

February 28, 2017 Blog

For many of us, the need to make our academic research and teaching public has never felt so urgent. Learn about the tricky business of public pedagogy from blogging and tweeting to service learning and community teaching, including what “going public” means for our lives inside and outside the academy.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Book Proposal

Crafting a Kick-Ass Book Proposal

February 15, 2017 Blog

What makes for a great academic book proposal? What are publishers looking for and how can you make your proposal stand out from the crowd? Focusing on interdisciplinary academic monographs and edited collections, we’ll discuss finding the right acquisitions editor, submission timelines, cover letters, and the proposal itself.

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Work Life Balance in the Context of Power webinar

Work/Life Balance in the Context of Power

January 18, 2017 Blog

You’ve heard it before: say no to work that distracts you from your main goal, whether that be your dissertation, tenure case, job search, or personal life. But that’s easier said than done. Come learn strategies for saying both no and yes, particularly in exploitative situations involving uneven power dynamics.

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Make Your Event Accessible

How to Make Your Academic Event Accessible

January 17, 2017 Blog

Accessibility is a social justice issue, one that academics have addressed head-on in their syllabi, university policies, and student services. But many academic events still are not accessible to most bodies. Here we offer concrete strategies (for any budget) to design your event for the widest audience possible.

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Mapping Your Semester

Mapping Your Semester, Spring Version

January 2, 2017 Blog

Do you start off the semester with big ideas and energy, but struggle to keep that momentum? Ideas and energy alone aren’t enough for the projects we tackle as academics. You need a comprehensive and holistic road map showing you where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.

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