RDE Faculty Retreat Fall 2019

Friday, September 20 & Friday, September 27 (morning)

Mellon Foundation has awarded the Center for the Humanities a substantial four-year grant to support our faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences in imagining new approaches to doctoral training that facilitate a wide range of career outcomes. The initiative, Redefining Doctoral Education in the Humanities (RDE, or “Ready”), kicks off the 2019–20 academic year with its second annual Faculty Retreat on on Friday, September 20 and the morning of Friday, September 27. The retreat will be of interest to faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who teach graduate/advanced undergraduate courses or who plan to develop such courses in the future. This year’s agenda features presenters, opportunities to engage representatives of local and regional humanities organizations and institutions, as well as a full afternoon of hands-on work in curation, exhibition, and syllabus design. See below for registration information (deadline: Friday, August 30).


Workshop Agenda

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Umrath Lounge

8:45 to 9:00          Introductions and Overview

9:00 to 10:30        The Versatile Humanist

Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Project Director, The Versatile Humanist, Duke University

10:30 to 10:45       Break

10:45 to 12:00       Research, Exhibition, Interdisciplinarity: The Colored Conventions Project

Denise Burgher, Chair of Community and Historic Outreach Committee, PhD Candidate, English, University of Delaware

Anna Lacy, Project Coordinator, PhD Candidate, History, University of Delaware

12:00 to 12:20       Lunch [participants pick up food]

12:20 to 1:50         Public Interfaces in St. Louis 

facilitator: Sara Ryu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Arts & Sciences, WUSTL

Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, Director of Public Engagement, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Lisa Çakmak, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Associate Curator of Ancient Art, Saint Louis Art Museum

Shakia Gullette, Manager of Local History Initiatives, Missouri History Museum

Robert Moore, Historian, National Park Service, Gateway Arch Museum

Stefani Weeden-Smith, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Gephardt Institute, WUSTL

1:50 to 2:00          Relocate to library

2:00 to 6:00         RDE Workshop: Curation and Exhibition 101

In collaboration with the George B. Vashon Museum and University Libraries, this workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to curatorial practice and exhibition development, including digital exhibits, as elements of interdisciplinary curricular innovation. Staff from the Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections will be joined by Calvin Riley, Executive Director of the Vashon, to lead a series of exercises featuring a variety of primary source material, including works by the St. Louis-based African American artist Spencer Thornton Banks. 


Calvin Riley, Executive Director, George B. Vashon Museum

Skye Lacerte, Modern Graphic History Library Curator, Special Collections, WUSTL

Miranda Rectenwald, Local History Curator, Special Collections, WUSTL

Jessi Cerutti, Exhibitions Manager, Special Collections, WUSTL

Vernon Mitchell Jr., Academic Engagement Programs Manager, Special Collections, WUSTL

Sara Ryu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Arts & Sciences, WUSTL


Friday, September 27, 2019

9:00 to 10:30        Lessons from the Boyle Heights Museum

Goldberg Lounge in Danforth University Center

Breakfast with George Sanchez, Professor of American Studies, University of Southern California 


Register to participate

Registration is now closed. Forms were due August 30, 2019.


Friday, August 30

application deadline

Friday, September 20 

1st retreat meeting, Umrath Lounge

Friday, September 27 (morning)

Goldberg Lounge in Danforth University Center