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is a speaker series developed to support humanities graduate students’ exploration of research as a function of academic career professional development. Speakers in the series are drawn from UNCā€™s faculty and administrative specialists to conveneĀ conversational panels that combine presented information with time for participant questions. This format is intended to help graduate students begin to explore their own research interests in a structured way as well as creating space for humanities graduate students to network with faculty successfully doing sponsored research, administrative personnel who support sponsored research, and other like-minded students.


  • January 2019 Research Skills: Developing Your Capacity for Humanities Research Funding
  • February 2019 Research Areas: Collaborative, Engaged, & Community-Based Research
  • March 2019 Research Areas: Digital Humanities, Innovation, & Public Humanities Research
  • April 2019 Research Training: The Benefits and Purpose of Postdoctoral Research Jobs


The Beyond the Book speaker series also dovetails nicely with ongoing University initiatives including the recent Next Generation Humanities PhD. Planning Grant and the current Andrew W. Mellon funded alternative PhD training and pathways grant through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. Moreover, this series connects to existing funded research opportunities such as the Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program and the Maynard Adams Public Humanities Fellowship Program. Adding Beyond the Book to these excellent programs and initiatives works to continue efforts to generate a matrix of support, learning, and community for graduate students interested in these various research possibilities.