Typical Program Seminar sessions revolve around a pre-circulated paper by a graduate student or postdoc, on which a second HASTS graduate student prepares (in advance) a brief commentary. The forum allows students as early as their first year to workshop drafts of various papers, ideas on their research data, conference talks, journal articles, dissertation and grant proposals, dissertation chapters, and so on. They are also able to practice providing respectful and constructive feedback on each other’s work. A few meetings of the Program Seminar per year may be devoted to topics of professional development such as writing strategies, grant and fellowship applications, publishing, and field work preparation.
The seminar meets weekly while fall and spring classes are in session and all HASTS students are required to attend unless away for fieldwork or have a class conflict.
HASTS Program Seminar participants can see the schedule for the current semester and materials for reading and review in Canvas. If you are a HASTS student, visiting student, or postdoc and do not have access to the current semester’s Canvas page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Seminar visit to the MIT Museum, February 2023