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A Conversation with Debbie Sharnak

Interested in pursuing a career in foreign affairs? Worried about life post Vassar? Debbie Sharnak '07 will be on campus Tuesday, March 5th at 4pm in the Faculty Parlor for an open Q&A to discuss her experience translating a history degree into professional and academic work. The talk will include discussion about choosing time off vs. graduate school, a MA vs. a PhD, and how to use your liberal arts degree in the real world. 

Debbie is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on Latin America and international relations. Her dissertation, “The Tiniest Totalitarian”: Uruguay and the Contested International History of Human Rights, examines the origins and evolution of human rights discourse and everyday impact from the perspective of Uruguay, particularly during its transition back to democratic rule.  Debbie is also an Adjunct Instructor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, a consultant at the New Media Advocacy Project, and a contributing writer at the Independent Voter Network. Previously, she has also worked at various international NGOs including the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Global Justice Center, and served on the Board of Directors for the Council of American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN). Debbie graduated with a degree in History and Political Science from Vassar College with department honors.