Here’s a quick reminder of the day’s schedule. We’ll update throughout the day. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Saturday and Sunday: meet in 60 Evans Hall at 10 AM-11 for coffee, introductions, planning daily conversations.

Break out for sessions in Dwinelle Classrooms

11-1140 Session 1
1150-1230 Session 2

1230-130 Lunch on own in Berkeley (we will have some on and off campus suggestions)

130-210 Session 3

220-300 Back to Evans to regroup and plan for evening dinner and drinks meetup.

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Pitching the Humanities in Unexpected Places

I’d like to host a “Make” workshop on constructing “elevator pitches” for the importance of the humanities in unexpected places. People with the skills of humanities training are urgently needed in all sorts of places–NGOs, policy teams, medicine, technology projects, advocacy, etc. (just about everywhere I would argue)… However, it is not always apparent to the existing organizations and projects the value a humanities scholar brings to the table. This workshop will provide a venue for articulating our contributions and skills, and encapsulating that information into short, accessible messages. Participants are encouraged to come with a target audience in mind–perhaps a group with whom you’d like to collaborate. The goal will be to develop a strong, clear message around our value that can be inserted into written communication (including grants) or face-to-face conversation. We could even try squishing our messages into twitter-able bites, if folks are up for that.


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Registration Is Open!

Hello we are proud to announce that registration is open for ThatCamp Alt Ac October 5-6 at UC Berkeley! Please let us know what you are interested in discussing on the form we have provided. Please also check the website for more information as it becomes available!

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Alternative Academics THATCamp

Hello and welcome to the Alt-Ac THATCamp page. Please check often for updates as we develop this event coming the first weekend in October. For now, here is a brief description of what we hope this event will be.

An October 2012 post in the Chronicle of Higher Education explores the academic job market for history Ph.D’s and gives us some hard figures, the most disturbing that, “70 percent of teaching jobs at U.S institutions are now non-tenure-track posts, and nearly 50 percent are part time,” (“What Doors Does a Ph.D. in History Open?”). With different universities offering differing levels of support and acceptance of these facts, it has been increasingly up to graduate students themselves to shoulder the terrifying burden of graduating with a Ph.D, student loans, and no job in sight. After spending a large chunk of their time specializing in a narrow area of research, teaching undergraduate courses, and writing, these students often have difficulty imagining themselves in public or private sector jobs. If their professors have a similar background, how can they advise their students seeking jobs outside academia? Where are the resources for students who see dismal figures like these and decide to try their hands at something else?

THATCamp Alt-Ac will utilize the unconference model to think through these problems. Most of us are aware that there are very few tenure-track jobs listed each year and that one needs to put multiple years into multiple applications in order to find a job, if one ever does. This conference is a space to think outside of this option and explore the many opportunities our talents and experiences can afford us. The unconference model allows conference attendees to be participants as well as organizers of the event. We will have only one fixed workshop occupying panel time with the rest being organized and proposed by the participants the day of the event. This will allow the time spent to be used in the most useful way possible by the specific group of individuals who choose to attend.
The open form of the THATCamp also encourages a broad variety of people to attend. As graduate students at UCSC and Northeastern, we have chosen to hold this event at an institution we do not attend in order that the widest scope of attendees might participate. We will be holding the event at UC Berkeley with each day’s meetings starting at 60 Evans Hall and breaking out into smaller sessions in Dwinelle.
While we do not wish to determine the program of the conference ahead of time, we will be inviting guests who might be best equipped to think through some of these problems from their diverse points of view. We will be reaching out to Peter Norvig, head of research at Google, who has mentioned many times publicly that he thinks his company has much to learn from people holding Ph.D’s. We will invite representatives from Coursera, Khan Academy and UCSC’s humanities centers, SF MOMA and Yerba Buena, and Cal Humanities directors. We hope to have those already working in alternative academic careers run workshops on translating skillsets. We will advertise a CV to resume workshop and encourage attendees to bring these documents to the event for hands-on revisions.

In your registration, please make sure to let us know what kinds of things you would like to think through, what kinds of workshops, sessions, discussions you would like to have so that we might begin to ask people to facilitate sessions if necessary.We look forward to meeting you all!

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Hello world!

There’s a new THATCamp being planned! The details will be published here when known. Meanwhile, read more about the THATCamp movement and browse other THATCamps at

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