IMPORTANT: Apply to be a Newberry Library Conference Organizer!

Please see below for an excellent professionalization opportunity at the Newberry Library!  Please contact Dr. Ferrell or Dr. Easton with interest/questions.
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As a Newberry consortium member, CGU is entitled to have a student serve as an organizer for the 2016 graduate student conference.

“Starting this year, the committee will hold a virtual organizing meeting remotely (probably via Google Hangouts), in October or November 2015. So organizers will only need to travel to the Newberry once, for the actual conference, January 28 – 30, 2016. Travel expenses for this trip will need to come from consortium funds or other funds the graduate student may have access to. [Contact Dr. Ferrell or Dr. Easton for details]

“We are looking for an advanced PhD student in any discipline who works on a medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. We receive conference submissions from students ranging from their first year in a terminal master’s program to ABDs, so we need fairly advanced people to evaluate the abstracts.

“As our grad conference is multidisciplinary, we try to get a few organizers each year from disciplines other than English and history (always the most common disciplines represented), so if you or any of your colleagues know of someone working in the literature of another language, art history, music, philosophy, etc., they would be very welcome (if not, no problem-we need people in English and history, too!).”

And here’s some applause from Caroline Carpenter, who was last year’s CGU organizer:

“This conference is a really excellent professionalization opportunity. Conference organizers work together during the planning stages of the conference to review submitted abstracts, select papers for presentation, and organize those papers into panels. Ahead of the conference, you work with your presenters to prepare for the conference, reading their papers and helping them to ensure that they’re appropriate for the session time limits. During the conference, you moderate the panels. Generally each organizer gets to choose three panels. I was fortunate to get three panels really central to my academic interests, which left me free during the conference to attend other panels and hear about the other really cool early mod scholarship that’s going on in the Consortium schools. After the conference, the organizers select papers for publication and then you function as the editor for two or three of the selected authors. Practical considerations: There is one trip to Chicago involved for the conference itself in January. Obviously, there is some time involved in reading abstracts and papers and then in working with the authors to prepare their papers, but I found it quite manageable. What’s best about this conference is the opportunity it presents to make great connections with other scholars. I’m doing virtual dissertation boot camps with a friend I met in January … we hold each other accountable for our research and writing goals each week. Good times!”

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