Friday, January 20, 2012

Thinking Alt-ac in History

"No More Plan B: A Very Modest Proposal for Graduate Programs in History,"
By Anthony T. Grafton and Jim Grossman

The former President of the American Historical Society, and its current executive director, argue that historians need to do a lot more to prepare their students for jobs outside academia. Can a history PhD prepare students not just to teach but to work in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds of publishing, business, politics, and new media? How will history programs have to change if they want to emphasize this kind of preparation? What's at stake, and how will historians balance a traditional focus on historical training with the cultivating of practical skills required in such workplaces? And what are the implications for other disciplines?

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