Going "Alt-Ac": How Graduate School Prepares You for a Job "On the Outside"


When: Mar 30, 2017 - 12:00pm - Mar 30, 2017 - 01:00pm

Where: History Common Room


Please join Career Diversity for Historians for a special discussion with Dr. Mylynka K. Cardona of the Texas General Land Office on Thursday, March 30 in the History Common Room from 12-1pm. In "Going Alt-Ac: How Graduate School Prepares You for a Job 'On the Outside'," Dr. Cardona will share her thoughts and advice on how her graduate training prepared her to serve as the map curator for the Texas General Land Office.  

Dr. Cardona holds a PhD in Transatlantic History from The University of Texas at Arlington with a background in historical cartography. Her 2015 dissertation, "The Six Lives of Alexandrine Tinne: Gender Shifts in the Atlantic World, 1835-1915," which she is in the process of converting to a book manuscript, looks at the Dutchwoman's explorations on the Nile River in the 1850s and 1860s. Cardona has taught courses in both World and U.S. History as well as women's and gender studies, all with a cartographic bent. Most recently she taught a 6-week course for The University of Texas-Austin's OLLI SAGE program: "Mapping Texas with the Texas General Land Office."

She is currently the map curator at the Texas General Land Office, Archives and Records Division in Austin. As map curator for the GLO her activities include researching the map collection, writing weekly blogs, creating museum exhibits showcasing items from the GLO archives, conducting tours of the map vault for the general public, and much, much more. 

This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.