Public Works: Writing Cover Letters for Public Humanities Positions (Part 2)

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Center for the Humanities, University Club Building, Room 313, 432 E. Campus Mall
@ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This workshop, in partnership with the UW-Madison Writing Center, will focus on writing cover letters for job positions in the public humanities. Part 2 will be an opportunity for students to bring their own draft cover letters for a guided peer-review. We welcome draft materials at any stage of the writing process and encourage students to bring updated resumes and the job postings for which they are applying. Students need not have attended Part 1 to join the second workshop.

To join, please RSVP at

In Part 1 (held on Nov. 13, 2023), students discussed sample job descriptions, unpacked strategies for translating academic experience to non-academic positions, and reviewed approaches for writing clear and effective cover letters. Students had the opportunity to practice identifying key language in postings, review a sample cover letter, and learn about additional resources. If you would like access to the materials from the first session, please email

Workshop Instructors:

Danielle Weindling directs public humanities programs for the Center for the Humanities. She is a freelance editor for a range of museums and academic institutions, providing editing, proofreading, and design review services. Prior to joining the Center for the Humanities, has held roles at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Cooper Hewitt, and the Richard Avedon Foundation. Danielle received her M.A. in Design History & Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

Luke Urbain is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, where they focus on cultural production from the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. They have published articles both in peer-reviewed journals and book and exhibition reviews in more public-facing forums. At the Writing Center, Luke helps students across levels understand and negotiate the conventions of academic and professional writing through one-on-one meetings, workshops, and writing groups.