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Humanities At Work

Launched by the Humanities Institute in 2017, in partnership with the School of Humanities, the Humanities at Work initiative aims to showcase the crucial role of humanities education and humanistic approaches in democratic society and professional life. The initiative includes lectures, alumni panels, and online resources.

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 ina 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.

The Humanities at Work || Alumni Career Panel at Fairfield University

Fairfield University || Careers in the Humanities Panel Discussion

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


Humanities Career Panel | Ashley Allen ’01

Humanities Career Panel | James Martin ’94

Humanities Career Panel | Stephanie Oliver '15

Humanities Career Panel | Jen De Simone '08

Humanities Career Panel | Lauren Shortt '91

Humanities Careers On The Rise: News & Resources

Lecture & Panel Series

Alice Weaver Flaherty, PhD
The Midnight Disease

Christian Madsbjerg - Lecturer

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Kelley Center Presentation Room

Dr. Flaherty (MD, Harvard; Mass General Hospital) is a prominent neurologist who studies the neural basis of creativity. She has authored widely popular books on the topic, including The Midnight Disease, which focuses on the compulsion to write and the experience of writer’s block. She is also an eloquent public voice in defense of the role of arts and creativity in medicine. Her talk will draw from The Midnight Disease as well as new, unpublished work on the intersections between empathy, affect, art, and medicine.

This event is sponsored in part by the College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean, the Health Studies program, the MFA in Creative Writing program, and the Core Writing program.

Alice W. Flaherty, MD, PhD at Fairfield University || Theatrical Medicine

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
“No Ideas but in Phones: Inventing the Cellular Humanities”

Christopher Schaberg, PhD

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

Christian Madsbjerg - Lecturer

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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