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Putting a Humanities Degree to Work

When: Friday, January 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Central

Where: John Evans Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Amy Danzer  

Group: SPS: Special Events

Category: Academic


Free and open to the public!


6:00 p.m. -- Pizza and refreshments
6:30 p.m. -- Roundtable led by Professor Brian Edwards in which he will discuss with recent graduates the interesting and unexpected directions they’ve gone since graduating from their respective programs.

Professor Brian Edwards is Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and Professor of English, Comparative Literary Studies, and American Studies at Northwestern, where he also is director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. He is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Duke U Press, 2005), and After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East (Columbia U Press, 2016), as well as numerous essays and articles in publications including Salon, The Believer, McSweeney's, Public Culture, Chronicle of Higher Education, Michigan Quarterly Review, Foreign Policy, Bookforum, and leading scholarly journals. Edwards is co-editor of Globalizing American Studies (U of Chicago Press, 2010), a collection of essays that provides global perspectives on US history and culture, and editor of On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies(NU-Q 2013, and available online here). Educated at Yale University (BA, MA, PhD), Edwards has lectured extensively in the US and abroad, including in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, and India, and has been visiting faculty at University of Tehran, EHESS in Paris, and UC Dublin, as well as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Cairo University and the University of Naples, Italy. He has taught in the MALit and MALS programs for several years and particularly enjoys working with adult learners.


Ignatius Valentine Aloysius earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he won a Distinguished Thesis Award for fiction and was also a finalist for the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. He currently teaches advanced writing and experimentation in the Integrated Design and Strategy graduate program at Northwestern, as well as fiction and composition in the English department at Harold Washington College. Ignatius practices graphic design and is also a lead guitarist for Reverend Ruin, a local hard rock band. His writing has earned him an honorable mention on Glimmer Train, and has appeared in or is forthcoming at TriQuarterly, Newcity, Gander Press Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Rumpus. His essay “The Ring” was re-enacted this September by Story Club South Side at Prosperity Sphere performance space in Bridgeport, and is forthcoming on The Extraordinary Project online. He has taught at Northwestern University’s 2016 Summer Writers’ Conference, and made his appearance as a panelist at the Chicago Writers Conference, and at SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) on “Poetic Politics: Genre as Resistance in Citizen” (Claudia Rankine) featuring poet and playwright Idris Goodwin. Ignatius is a 2016 fall Visiting Artist for the Writing Department at SAIC. He was a recent interdisciplinary resident at Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. He lives in Evanston. ​

EJ Basa is an English PhD student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee concentrating in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies. She holds a master's degree from Northwestern University in World and Comparative Literature and a bachelor's degree in English from Reed College. EJ’s research interests include phenomenological approaches to film studies, embodiment, memory and trauma in Latin American cinema (specifically Chile). She is the recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship at UWM, five Research Travel Awards from the Center for Latin American Caribbean Studies, the UWM Chancellor’s Award, and Distinguished Thesis Award from NU, Fellowship in Leadership from NU and has presented at SCMS, LASA, SECOLAS, NCCLA and Cinema at the End of the World.

Barbara Egel finished her M.A.Lit at Northwestern in 2015, winning the Distinguished Thesis Award for her essay on the work of Lady Mary Wroth. Barbara has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois. She has published poetry, book reviews, and children's books and worked for many years in the field of qualitative consumer research, developing specialties in sensitive topics and innovative methods. Currently, she works as a corporate trainer, freelance editor, and community college instructor while completing Ph.D. applications.

Devin Savage received his Master of Arts in Liberal Science (MALS) from Northwestern University in 2009, also receiving the Distinguished Thesis award that year. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2011. Devin worked at the Northwestern University Library from 1999-2014 and received tuition reimbursement while working towards his MALS degree. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment and Scholarly Services at the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and teaches undergraduate courses on Industrial Culture and Fascism & Anarchy as an adjunct professor at IIT as well.

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