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STORIES ON STAGE DAVIS In 2013-2014, a group of local writers launched a new kind of writers’ series that enlists actors to perform the work of established and emerging authors. Hosted the second Saturday of each month at the Pence Gallery in Davis, Stories on Stage blends literature and theater and has drawn lovers of fiction and theater from both near and far. The Humanities Institute is pleased to be able to partner with this community series by providing them a videographer and UC Davis film student, Kasey Furutani, who records and posts every performance for their website. The arrangement has proved mutually beneficial, offering Furutani valuable hands-on experi- ence and the Stories on Stage organizers the ability to share and publicize their events via the web.


Up-and-coming author Maria Kuznetsova, whose work inaugurat- ed the series, confessed that she enjoyed not having to be ner- vous about reading her own work. Kuznetsova, who received her master’s in creative writing at UC Davis, added: “Hearing someone else read and interpret my story … helped me think about the plotting and characterization in a new way.” Kuznetsova’s work has been featured in New Ohio Review, The Southeast Review, and The Summerset Review; her novel, The Accident, won the 2011 UC Davis Maurice Prize in Fiction, and an excerpt from the work is forth- coming in The Iowa Review.


Established author and Associate Professor of English Lucy Corin, whose work was read in December 2013, commended the actors with understanding the difference between reading something that is written to be performed versus performing something that was written for the page. “Kelley Ogden read [my work] in a way that I thought struck an amazing balance of leaving the text alone—not ‘acting it out’—but reading with sensitivity and rhythm and care- fully modulated emotional range and expressiveness that brought the intimacy and immediacy of the stage to my story,” said Corin. Ogden read selections from Corin’s latest work, One Hundred Apoc- alypses and Other Apocalypses.


Stories on Stage will resume in September. Please visit the Stories on Stage website for a list of its upcoming authors and performers: storiesonstagedavis.com.


ALT-AC PROGRAMMING Ph.D. Unlimited was more than just an event. The spring 2014 workshop and symposium was the result of a new and ongoing partner- ship between the Humanities Institute and the Internship and Career Center and the Office of Graduate Studies. Drawing on the expertise and knowledge of the campus’ career develop- ment administrators and staff, we have begun to think about ways we can better serve our graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who want to explore careers outside of academia. The Ph.D. Unlimited workshop was just one, visible expression of those efforts, an event aimed at letting students know what resources are already available to them while at the same time helping them identify the skills that make them ideal job candidates for any number of careers whether it be with non-prof- its, government or industry.


Less visible is the work that we have been doing behind the scenes in gathering job placement data for Ph.D. alums in the humanities and qualitative social science departments. Only by understanding where our students have gone, can we better understand the patterns of employment for our Ph.D. graduates over the past 20 years. The data may help identify potential mentors for students interested in various careers and give us a better sense of how to prepare our students for careers both inside and outside the academy.


We invite you to explore the resources and contribute to the ongoing conversation at the Ph.D. Unlimited website, where you will also find a list of upcoming events and workshops related to career diversity: phdunlimited.ucdavis.edu.


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