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PhD+ Workshop – Grad Slam Presentation Prep: Public Speaking

February 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  Virtual and In Person


This brief workshop provides an overview of strategies and best practices for public speaking, including managing anxiety, key delivery techniques, and composition tips for crafting clearer and more focused speeches, with an emphasis on the parameters of the Grad Slam’s short presentations.  It will include some interactive personalized exercises. If you have your grad slam talk and one optional slide ready to practice for a preliminary divisional round, February 13-17, you may practice your talk (with your optional one PowerPoint slide) for feedback from Catherine Carlstroem at either workshop. If attending in person, bring your laptop to join the Zoom meeting to share your slide via screen share, if you have a slide.

UCSC faculty and alum Catherine Carlstroem (PhD American Literature) is a longtime lecturer in Humanities at UCSC (over 30 years) and has enjoyed teaching public speaking for over 10 of these. Along with teaching, she coordinates the Cowell Core Course.

Register for in-person attendance in Graduate Student Commons, Room 204. The event will also be accessible virtually via Zoom. Complimentary lunch provided to in-person attendees. There is an additional session on the same day from 2:00-4:00 PM, accessible in person at the Graduate Commons Fireside Lounge or via Zoom.


This workshop is presented by the Division of Graduate Studies and co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute as part of our 2022-2023 PhD+ series. The Division of Graduate Studies’ workshops are for current UC Santa Cruz graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and require an active UC Santa Cruz email address.

About the PhD+ Workshop Series

Join us for the seventh year of PhD+ Workshops, hosted by The Humanities Institute. We meet monthly to discuss possible career paths for PhDs, internship possibilities, grant/fellowships, work/life balance, elements of style, online identity issues, and much, much more.


February 8, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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