February 5th, 2014, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Royce Hall 314

What is the future of graduate education in the humanities? A controversial outside speaker, the Chair of our Graduate Council, and a graduate student leader guide a debate about the proper size, duration, focus, and employment-training of our graduate programs.

Professor Lenny Cassuto (American Literature, Fordham University), author of the “Graduate Adviser” column in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and widely in demand as a lively and informative speaker, will lead the session off with a brief argument for shortening and broadening the humanities doctorate.

Joining Professor Cassuto on the panel will be UCLA’s Professors Maite Zubiaurre (Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Germanic Languages, and Chair of Graduate Council), who will offer her views on the central issues. The panel plans then to engage attendees in crisp, tightly focused debates on each of the following questions in sequence.