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.
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, Indeed.com
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
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.
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.
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
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.