Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

National Humanities Center Virtual Institute for College/University Faculty

June 12–16, 2023

in partnership with the Digital Humanities Center, San Diego State University

Overview Participants

Podcasting has become a common form of storytelling in the digital and social media age. More than reporting or delivering a lecture or essay, podcasts are accessible ways for expert voices to offer commentary on the increasingly complicated world we live in. Podcasts also offer interesting new ways to share scholarship, engage in peer review, and speak to a broader audience.

This five-day virtual institute will provide hands-on training for college and university faculty to translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes. Working in cross-disciplinary and intra-university teams, participants will learn how to express ideas in storyboard form, create and collect audio content, and edit their narrative into an entertaining, powerful podcast. All equipment will be provided, and technical support will be given throughout the week.


Participants will:

  • Forge new intellectual connections between public life, humanities research, and responsive digital media.
  • Deepen collaborative inquiry and project management skills.
  • Hone their ability to communicate humanities expertise in accessible and publicly-responsive formats.
  • Acquire conceptual and technical skills to create, revise, and publish broadcast-ready podcasts.
  • Develop skills and networks valuable within and beyond the university.

Application Process

All college or university faculty are eligible to participate. Tuition for each participant is $975 and includes all equipment (microphone, headphones, pop filter) and materials.

Institutional Application
Individual Application

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Facilitators and Speakers

  • Joanna Brooks

    Associate Vice President of Faculty Advancement, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University

  • Pamella Lach

    Digital Humanities Librarian and Digital Humanities Center Director, San Diego State University

  • Barry Lam

    Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside; creator of Hi-Phi Nation