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Modest Proposal for Graduate Programs

No More Plan B: A Very Modest Proposal for Graduate Programs in History,
By Anthony T. Grafton and Jim Grossman,
former President of the American Historical Society and its current executive director argue that historians need to do a lot more to prepare their students for jobs outside academia. Can a history Ph.D. prepare students not just to teach but to work in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds of publishing, business, politics, and new media? Modest Proposal for Graduate Programs How will history programs have to change if they want to emphasize this kind of preparation? What’s at stake, and how will historians balance a traditional focus on historical training with the cultivating of practical skills required in such workplaces? And what are the implications for other disciplines?

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