Public Works: Writing Cover Letters for Public Humanities Positions

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

This two-part workshop, in partnership with the UW-Madison Writing Center, will focus on writing cover letters for job positions in the public humanities. Together we will walk through sample job descriptions, unpack strategies for translating academic experience to non-academic positions, and review approaches for writing clear and effective cover letters. Students will have the opportunity to practice identifying key language in postings, review sample cover letters, and learn about resources they can return to again and again.

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The second half of the workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This session will be an opportunity for students to bring their own sample cover letters for a guided peer-review workshop.

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, Danielle 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.