Athena in Action: A Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy brings together a group of graduate students with a group of women faculty mentors for three days of substantive philosophical discussion and professional advice sessions. Participants benefit from getting to know the other talented graduate students and the faculty members, and from hearing the mentors’ advice on topics of interest to women in the profession.
The workshop will take place at the University of Notre Dame from June 24-27, 2024. It will bring together twelve faculty mentors and about 40 graduate students in philosophy, drawn from a range of schools, PhD program stages, and areas of interest. 35 graduate student participants will be chosen from beyond Notre Dame, and roughly 5 graduate students will be chosen from Notre Dame's PhD program.
The workshop will feature seven paper sessions, with two student commentators each, plus five advice sessions. All paper sessions will be pre-read discussion sessions. Advice sessions will consist of brief comments from some of the mentors followed by a general question-and-answer period. The following topics will be addressed: getting the most out of graduate school; writing a dissertation; publishing; presenting and participating at conferences; preparing for and going on the job market; teaching; starting a tenure-track job; and balancing work with the rest of life.
Organizer of the 2024 Workshop at Notre Dame: Meghan Sullivan.
Meghan is the Wilsey Family Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Notre Dame Ethics Initiative and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. On behalf of the Philosophy Department and the College of Arts and Letters, she is delighted to host Athena in Action at the University of Notre Dame.
Co-Directors of the Workshop Series: Elisabeth Camp, Elizabeth Harman, and Jill North.
The first three versions of the workshop were held at Princeton in the summers of 2014, 2016, 2018. The fourth workshop was hosted by Cornell in the summer of 2020, and held online due to the pandemic. The fifth workshop was hosted by Rutgers in the summer of 2022. There has been tremendous interest in these workshops; for example, 180 students applied for the 35 spots in 2016. Overall, the first five workshops reached more than 200 graduate students across seven years.
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