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Unexpected Flourishing: Supporting Graduate Student Research and Careers, Nov. 8

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Understanding how to support graduate students on their professional path is an important piece of everyone’s role in the graduate community at Stony Brook. As part of the series, Conversations in Graduate Education, the Graduate School is hosting a virtual talk on Wednesday, November 8, at 1 pm via Zoom with author Katina Rogers.

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Katina rogers smRogers published Putting the Humanities PhD to Work in 2020 about the challenges that graduate students may face during their time in school and as they continue on into their careers. Drawing on a metaphor of the ecological functions of fungi in rotting logs, Rogers will consider elements of interdependence, coalition building and collective thriving as a lens to supporting graduate career and research pathways in and beyond the university, even in less-than-pristine conditions. 

This discussion will cover innovative modes of scholarship that connect to diverse career pathways while considering how to find meaning in one’s scholarly work and how to build a community. Participants will leave the session with concrete advice for supporting students as they navigate the higher education landscape as it is now.

This session is intended for SBU graduate program directors and graduate faculty and staff, but is open to all interested in supporting graduate student research and careers.

About the Author

Katina Rogers is the author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke University Press, 2020) and Presence of Absence: Meditations on the Unsayable in Writing (punctum books, forthcoming 2024). With more than a decade of experience as a researcher, administrator and educator, Rogers works with colleges and universities to design and implement creative, sustainable and equitable structures for graduate education. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, as well as a wide range of podcasts and public speaking engagements. She is the founder of Inkcap Consulting and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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