Reimagining Graduate Scholarship

"Reimagining Graduate Scholarship" virtual panel on February 25, 12:30pm for grad students and supervisors on Humanities grad opportunities in academia and beyond, with photo of three people sitting at a table laughing and talking together around laptops and beverages.

“Reimagining Graduate Scholarship” is part of a series of events designed for graduate students and supervisors centred around reimagining Humanities graduate programs, forms of graduate scholarship, and graduate career diversity and professional development. This event panel will be made up of UBC graduate students, faculty, and staff that will showcase UBC initiatives, units, and graduate students that have critically engaged with Humanities graduate education, professionalization, public scholarship, and/or opportunities for diverse careers both within and outside academia.

The event also responds to a 2020 survey of UBC Humanities graduate students that the Hub’s graduate committee—Sydney Lines, Heidi Rennert and Gillian Glass—conducted last summer about career preparedness and current graduate training. The survey found that, although 89.7% of respondents intended to pursue careers outside of academia, less than half felt adequately prepared by their graduate training.



  • Gillian Glass (PhD Candidate and Graduate Academic Assistant)

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:30-2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Online via Zoom


Sydney Lines (she/her) is currently a PhD Student in English with several years experience working in higher education, museums, and in various kinds of cultural programming. She is a multifaceted creative thinker who loves big ideas, memorable stories, and gathering communities through participation in arts and culture. She started at the Hub as a Graduate Academic Assistant in 2019 and completed a PhD Arts Co-op term as the Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives for the Hub during Fall 2020. She is the current Graduate Representative on the Hub steering committee.

Dr. Susan Porter is the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In her role, she leads the charge in championing graduate education and postdoctoral studies at UBC, and helping to ensure they are the best they can be.



Dr. Serbulent Turan is the Public Scholarship Coordinator for the UBC Public Scholars Initiative, reimagines doctoral education in ways that facilitate purposeful social contribution, the production of new and creative forms of scholarship and dissertations, and support graduate students’ broader career perspectives.


Ty Paradela (they/them) is a senior policy analyst at Women and Gender Equality. They are also finishing their PhD in History at UBC.




Dr. Letitia Henville is an award-winning instructor and editor. She works with Arts graduate students to help them find and excel in meaningful paid work.




Henry John (he/they) is a UBC Public Scholar and Doctoral Candidate in History. His dissertation research explores the intersections of environmentalisms, anti-oppression politics, and labour organizing in the 1980s and 1990s during so-called British Columbia’s “War in the Woods”. A loud and proud tree-hugger and frontline activist, he has spent the last year trying to find balance in his research by collaborating with rural forestry workers in the Cowichan Valley, unceded Ts’uu-baa-asatx, Quw’utsun, and Ditidaht territories. Through UBC’s Arts PhD Co-op Program, he has been working at the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives, arranging the records of the forestry union I.W.A. Canada, and learning from old-timers about the area’s rich history of labour militancy, economic struggle, and working-class environmentalism.

Zoé Kruchten is the Program Manager of the Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) fund, which provides funding for charitable organizations in British Columbia to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC, and offers support for collaborative research and teaching and learning projects that benefit communities across the province.


Dr. Mary Chapman is the Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub, which offers resources, training, and awards to support graduate students engaged in public scholarship.




Gillian Glass is a Graduate Academic Assistant at the Public Humanities Hub and PhD Candidate interested in myth making, storytelling, and sacred narratives. Her dissertation considers the place of epiphanies (divine beings manifesting themselves to humans) in Jewish, Christian, and pagan fiction and novels from the 1st C BCE to the 4th C CE. This project compares ancient beliefs around interactions between humans and the divine, and the consequences (good and bad!) thereof. Gillian is a settler on Musqueam land.