PATHS/Area Studies Centers (Virtual) Public Lectureship Prize


Are you a Ph.D. student working on East Asia, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia?  Are you interested in improving your public speaking and digital engagement skills by presenting your research to community audiences via a virtual platform?  


Apply for the PATHS/Area Studies Centers (Virtual) Public Lectureship Prize to share your global expertise with local populations. Recipients will receive a $250 stipend and logistical support for planning a virtual talk in collaboration with a Chicago-area school, public library, or other community venue.  Recipients will also engage in required GRADTalk public speaking training as they prepare for their online presentations.  


Please note that these presentations are NOT job talks. You will be presenting to a general audience and need to prepare a virtual presentation that would be well received by those who have a limited background on the subject matter. Your presentation will be an important form of outreach that shares diverse perspectives about international and area studies with the wider community. Past presentation topics have included Cool Japan: Anime, Manga and Their Place in Popular CultureNeapolitan Cosmopolitan: Catherine the Great, Odessa, and 'O Sole Mio; and Walk Like an Egyptian: Understanding Ancient Egyptian Art in Its Ancient and Modern Contexts.


To apply, send your CV, an abstract of your proposed 45-minute online presentation, and a short (250 words or less) explanation of how your proposed topic would engage and inform a general audience to