With generous assistance from the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center, CLST conducts a monthly Dissertation Writers’ Colloquium. All applicants for the Graduate Research Fellowship are invited to apply to participate in this workshop, but any other CLST PhD certificate students who have defended their prospectuses (or if they will defend them in the Fall Semester) may also apply. Application
The CLST Director organizes and presides over the Colloquium, but eschews “teaching” it in favor of collective consent. Each participant will be scheduled to present a slice of their work during the course of the academic year, to which the other participants will respond. The purpose is to give participants a chance to address their work to an interdisciplinary audience that can provide careful feedback. Since many participants are seeking academic positions during their colloquium year, they have in the past used their presentation to hone their job talks. The group also discusses professional issues related to writing the dissertation.
Last year's colloquium included: