College of Liberal Arts



The ESI Fellows’ seminars introduce the fellows to University of Texas and regional scholars and innovators who can guide and instruct them as they envision the public-facing extensions of their Ph.D. dissertations and research. The ESI workshops are designed for more hands-on, technical and practical skills, ranging from website building and sustainability of digital archives and multimedia content, to computer language instruction, to writing for the public, and digital editing. Individualized instruction for the graduate fellows will support their respective public-facing postdoctoral year presentations and local and institutional partnerships. The ESI undergraduate fellows will benefit from similar hands-on training that will enable them to partner with the ESI graduate fellows, as they are introduced to post-baccalaureate Humanities research and scholarship.

January 23, 2018, 4:00-7:00
Creative Commons, Fair Use, and Copyright Workshop
Colleen Lyons, U.T. Libraries.

February 6, 2018, 4:00-5:00
Website building & instruction: individualized curriculum consultations
College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) instructor, Stacy Vlasits, Senior Software Developer, Analyst

February 20, 2018, 4:00-6:00
Website building & instruction
Stacy Vlasits.

March 6, 2018, 4:00-6:00
Website building & instruction
Stacy Vlasits.

March 20, 2018, 4:00-6:00
Website building & instruction
Stacy Vlasits.

April-May, 2018
Individualized Instruction.

Fall 2017 Workshops

August 28, 2017
Nonprofit Budgets and Finance
Regina Rogoff, CEO of the People’s Community Clinic
Wonder how finances work in the nonprofit sector? Regina Rogoff, CEO of the People’s Community Clinic, will discuss the rules that govern nonprofit organizational finance, the kinds of financial expectations a person starting a career at a non-profit should have, and will provide observations based on her experience in this sector.

August 29, 2017
Personal Financial Literacy
Diane Todd Sprague, Director of the Office of Financial Aid at UT
It’s never too early (or too late) to develop a personal financial strategy. Diane Todd Sprague, Director of the Office of Financial Aid at UT, will address topics such as planning to repay student loans, considering income levels that might come with future jobs, planning for retirement, and other issues relevant to navigating your finances now and after graduate school.

September 8, 2017
Higher Education Budgets and Finance
Kimberly Biar, Chief Business Officer of the College of Liberal Arts
This workshop looks at finances from a departmental, college, and university perspective considering the main budget components relevant to each. Is there room for negotiation at your first job out of graduate school? What is the difference between soft money and recurring expenses? How do reimbursements work? Kimberly Biar, Chief Business Officer of the College of Liberal Arts, will provide context for those who seek positions at both research universities and teaching colleges.

September 12, 2017
Dr. Julia Mickenberg, Associate Professor of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Archival research; public-facing scholarship; audience and media engagement
Dr. Mickenberg’s presentation featured her interdisciplinary archival research in Russia and the former Soviet Republics, and her public and multi-media promotion of American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream (U. of Chicago P., 2017). Dr. Mickenberg’s engagements and interactions with various radio, television, and print-media venues highlighted the dynamic challenges and unique opportunities involved with the public presentation of scholarly research.

September 15, 2017
Development and Foundation Funding
Maria Nehring, Director of Foundation Relations at UT
What should a college faculty member or a staff member at a non-profit organization know about fundraising? Maria Nehring, Director of Foundation Relations at UT, discussed the ways that development works in both the university and non-profit contexts. This workshop provided insight into major concepts and vocabulary of development, including endowments, planned giving, and work with foundations to generate funds.

September 26, 2017
Dr. Nancy Schiesari, Documentary filmmaker and Professor of Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin
Directing Documentary Interviews and Shorts
Dr. Schiesari’s workshop preceded the fellows’ instruction in digital film editing. Schiesari taught the fellows how to frame archival and textual objects and shoot talking-head and dialogical interviews for production of short films for their research, websites, and scholarly and public presentations.

October 3, 10, and 17, 2017
Simone Khan, Freelance Film Editor, Austin, Texas
Intensive Digital Editing
Simone Khan’s Digital Editing workshop trained the ESI graduate fellows in the fundamentals of digital editing. Khan’s instruction in Adobe Premier Pro will enable the fellows to edit short digital films that highlight their fieldwork, research interviews, and cinematically enliven their archival and performative exhibitions. The forthcoming undergraduate ESI fellows will also be trained to digitally edit; they will gain hands-on, resume-worthy technical skills and professional expertise by supporting the graduate fellows’ scholarly research and local and regional public partnerships.

October 26, 2017
Dr. Tanya Clement, Associate Professor, The iSchool, The University of Texas at Austin
Understanding the Digital Humanities; digital archives; sound technology; curating public exhibitions
Dr. Clement’s presentation introduced the fellows to Digital Humanities scholarship being conducted across the disciplines. A complex understanding of some of the current issues and data-driven innovations in the field of Digital Humanities enabled the ESI fellows to think conceptually about the Digital Humanities methodologies, the relationship quantitative and qualitative disciplines, and the evolving systems of knowledge production that aim to broaden the impact of 21st C. scholarship and research.

November 14, 2017
Dr. Joan Neuberger, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin
Thinking in Public: Public-Facing Scholarship and Blogging
Dr. Neuberger’s workshop introduced the fellows to the visionary public history sites Thinking in Public: Public Scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin, Not Even Past, and her podcast series with Christopher Rose, Fifteen Minute History. Dr. Neuberger highlighted the importance of local knowledge, public and digital archives, and the importance of promoting and sharing Humanities scholarship.

November–December 2017
ESI Fellows indivdualized instructional workshops
Fellows will benefit from individualized technological and instructional workshops that will prepare them to partner with local and regional organizations and institution, and to present and publicly share their respective doctoral research. The current ESI fellows’ cohort’s individualized instructional goals for 2017-2018 include computer literary (coding) and computer languages (JSON; Python); Humanities’ uses of Excel; the visualization of statistical data), and media marketing and professionalism.