Thomas Forrest Receives 2022 Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Workshop Fellowship


We are proud to announce that Thomas Forrest (English, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities) has been named a Humanities Without Walls 2022 Career Diversity Workshop Fellow.

The Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Summer Workshop utilizes a cohort-based approach to assisting humanities PhD students with the development of their careers. Twenty-five doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences have been selected to attend the workshop this summer, representing 21 education institutions nationwide. The cohort will engage in a series of workshop sessions, talks, informational interviews, and site visits, hosted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities.


My name is Thomas Forrest. As a person who has always loved novels, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Mississippi natives like William Faulkner, Richard Wright, and Eudora Welty are my inspirations. After graduating from Fisk University and receiving a master’s degree from Northwestern University, I am pursuing a doctorate at the University of Minnesota in English. I explore revolutionary suicide in literature as a tool of rebellion against systematic structures of inequity. 

As a first-generation doctoral student, I am excited to be a fellow for Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Summer Workshop. The workshops provide its fellows a diverse agenda that will allow us to leverage the information provided to gain material success in a variety of fields. It is information that will help me navigate the nonacademic professional marketplace. Additionally, this workshop provides me with an invaluable opportunity to meet fellow doctoral students, attend site visits, and to converse with professionals in several fields as a way to build a strong community and knowledgebase. I am honored to be a fellow, and I’m excited to share this knowledge with others.

Fellows will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, government, public media, and many other fields. Learn more about the pre-doctoral workshops here.

Congratulations Forrest, and to the 2022 cohort!

The 2023 Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Workshop Summer Workshop will be held at the University of Minnesota. Application details will be available in fall 2022.



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