Humanities at Work

Launched by the Humanities Institute in 2017, “Humanities at Work" is a series of lectures, panels, and resources devoted to recognizing the powerful and transformative role that a humanities education plays in society, as well as in civic and professional life. Each event is thoughfully selected and planned to showcase the economic and social impact of the Humanities in our contemporary world. 


A Statement from the Director: Humanities and Careers


Humanities and Careers Alumni Panel

The intellectual rigor and creativity of the Humanities have always prepared students to be leaders in a variety of careers. In today’s rapidly shifting professional world, this is truer than ever before. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to some of our humanities alumni as they discuss the posititve impact a liberal arts degree has had on their careers.

Courtney Darts ’01, Art History and English Major 15:40

Jason Mancini ’94, History Major 29:42

Matt Pecoraro ’11, Philosophy Major | Classic Studies and Environmental Studies Minor 37:23

Carolyn Marino ’11, English Major | Spanish and Religious Studies Minor 46:09


Jennifer Locke ’03, English and Spanish Major | Women’s Studies Minor 9:04

Sarah Howe Elliott, PMP ’07, History Major | Art History, Asian Studies, and Classical Studies Minor 17:53

Megan Kuzniewski ’13, English and Art History Major | Philosophy Minor 26:23

Ariel Miranda ‘15, Philosophy Major | Peace & Justice Studies and Business Law Minor 33:27


Ashley Allen ‘01
President, 24/7 Wall Street

James Martin ‘94
Deputy Editor, ESPN


Stephanie Oliver ‘15
Account Executive,

Jen Di Simone ‘08
Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Corporate Finance NBC


Lauren Shortt ‘91
Vice President of Corporate Marketing,
National Director of Retail Marketing, First Republic Bank

Humanities Careers On The Rise: News & Resources

Think the humanities don’t lead to career success? Think again. Below is a small sample of the recent national groundswell of advocacy for the humanities in professions and society.

Why "Worthless" Humanities Degrees May Set You Up for Life

Four Reasons the Future Will Rely on Humanities Majors

Humanities Majors Lead in Medical School Admissions

Student Support From Faculty, Mentors Varies by Major

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

In a High-Tech World, Humanities and Other Liberal Arts Are More Essential Than Ever 

Four Keys to Staying Employed in the Future

If You Want Your Child to Succeed, Don't Sell Liberal Arts Short

Robert E. Rubin: Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government

The Art of Learning: Why Art History Might be the Most Important Subject You Could Study Today

Compelling Articles on the Value of the Humanitiies

Google Self-Study Shows Humanities Degrees Crucial in Tech Industry

The Atlantic on “The Unexpected Value” of the Liberal Arts

Why US Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education – The Atlantic

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More important than Ever – Forbes  

Don’t Let False Economic Assumptions Keep you from a Liberal Arts Degree – US NEWS

Politicians trying to dump humanities education will hobble our economy – Scientific American

Forcing College Kids to Ignore the Liberal Arts Won't Help them in a Competitive Economy – Washington Post

CEO and Leading Medical Professor Cites Increasing Importance of a Liberal Arts Degree

Only Connect . . . The Goals of a Liberal Arts Education

Humanities Indicators for Higher Education

Harvard’s HULA Study on Contribution of the Humanities to Human development

Lecture & Panel Series

Alumni Panel on the Humanities and Careers

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Join four Fairfield University alumni for a panel discussion and Q&A showcasing the profound impact that humanities education has on careers and society. 

Featured Panelists:

  • Jason Mancini, PhD, (History ’94), Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities
  • Courtney Darts, Esq (Art History/ English ’01), Legal Director, Pro Bono Partnership, NYC
  • Matt Pecoraro, MSW (Philosophy; Classical Studies ’11), Public Policy Associate at Harvard Medical School’s Judge Baker Children's Center
  • Carolyn Marino (English; Spanish & Religious Studies minor ’11), MSc International Relations (Univ. of Edinburgh), Program Coordinator, the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.

Christopher Schaberg, PhD

Christopher Schaberg, PhD
“No Ideas but in Phones: Inventing the Cellular Humanities”

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Kelley Center Presentation Room

Dr. Christopher Schaberg, author of The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth, reflects on the increasing pervasiveness of smartphones in a range of academic, social, and economic contexts with a look at how critical humanities approaches can help us bracket and reconsider these ubiquitous, hyper-textual devices.

Dr. Schaberg is a Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans and author of multiple books on postmodern cultural studies. His lecture is free and open to the public

Christian Madsbjerg Lecturer

Christian Madsbjerg
Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Acclaimed author and famed business strategist Christian Madsbjerg emphasizes the imperative role the humanities play in today’s data-driven marketplace in his latest book Sensemaking: The Power of Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm. Madsbjerg draws on his work with some of the world’s largest companies - Ford, Adidas, and Chanel - to address society’s overwhelming reliance on big data and prove that “sensemaking,” a holistic humanities-based approach to problem solving, is equally if not more important in running a successful business.

Madsbjerg is the founder and senior partner at ReD Associates, a strategy consulting company based in the human sciences that guides companies toward smarter strategy using the principles of anthropology and phenomenology.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Dolan School of Business.

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