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Workshop: Choosing the Dissertation Topic

When Apr 05, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Picture of folder labeled dissertationThis African American Studies dual-title degree workshop is for current and prospective dual-title PhD students as well as any others interested in expert advice and perspective on choosing a dissertation topic.  

Featured experts are:

Keith Gilyard, Distinguished Professor of English and African American Studies

Nan Woodruff, Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies  

Vincent Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

B. Stephen Carpenter II, Professor of Art Education and African American Studies   

Alphonso Grant, Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education and African American Studies

Topics covered will include:
  • Pitfalls and/or best practices in choosing a dissertation topic
  • Choosing/defining a topic that responds to student interests and holds currency in the field
  • Choosing a topic that merges/bridges disciplines
  • When to choose/start thinking about the dissertation topic
  • Practical advice on the process of choosing the dissertation topic

For more information about the Dual-title degree in African American Studies, contact: 
Shirley Moody-Turner, Graduate Director,

Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802
Ph: 814-863-4243 | Fax: 814-863-3578 | Email: