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Building a Better Graduate Education: Overcoming Resistance and Finding Allies

About This Event

In their new book, The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education, Leonard Cassuto and Robert Weisbuch seek to overturn conventional wisdom in a clarion call for student-centered, career-diverse graduate education. Cassuto and Weisbuch argue that universities need to undergo major reform in their training programs, putting graduate students’ needs before the needs of the institution, in order to promote diversity within the academy, promote public-facing scholarship, and prepare humanities doctoral students for a wider array of career paths beyond academia. In this discussion, the two authors will focus in on the issue of resistance to change within academia: considering ways that proponents of reform in graduate education can generate buy-in from faculty, administrators, and others whose institutional, professional, or personal investments in the status quo may otherwise hinder efforts to improve career outcomes for graduate students. Ten copies of Cassuto and Weisbuch’s book will be given away by raffle to attendees.

Featured Guests

Leonard Cassuto Robert Weisbuch


Syracuse Humanities Center

Sept. 9, 2021, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


HF7: Humanities Beyond the Academy

Host: Cornell University

RSVP by Sept. 8, 2021