Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

National Humanities Center Regional Institute for Graduate Students — Virtual

June 15–19, 2020 in partnership with the Digital Humanities Center, San Diego State University

Podcasting has become a common form of storytelling in the digital and social media age. This five-day institute will provide hands-on training for PhD students in the humanities to translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.

Working in cross-disciplinary and intra-university teams, participants will learn how to storyboard an idea, to create and collect audio content, and to edit their narrative into an entertaining, powerful podcast. All equipment will be provided, and technical support will be given throughout the week.


The program seeks to:

  • Advance the democratic commitments of the professional humanities by inculcating in emerging humanities scholars a sense of responsibility to the human experience of diverse American publics.
  • Foster new models of expertise that are responsive both to the traditional authority-based credentialing systems of the professional humanities and to the emerging concerns of university-based and public constituencies.
  • Grow capacity for collaborative—team, interdisciplinary, cross-university—scholarship.
  • Extend the potential of the professional humanities to curate archives of human experience in a way that adds depth and understanding to contemporary public affairs and cultural conversations.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Barry Lam
Barry Lam, associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College and creator of the popular, award-winning podcast series Hi Phi Nation, will frame the week by sharing his journey from research to podcast.

San Diego State University


  • Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres

    Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

  • Megan Cole

    English, University of California, Irvine

  • Lauren Burrell Cox

    English, University of Florida

  • Viona Deconinck

    Visual Arts, University of California, Davis

  • Karem Lissette Delgado

    Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine

  • Rose Smucker Dwyer

    Music, University of California, Davis

  • Marlit Hayslett

    Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Virginia

  • Wujun Ke

    Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine

  • Beshara Kehdi

    Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

  • H. JiMin Kwon

    Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

  • Julia Lewandoski

    History and Humanities in a Digital World Program, University of Southern California

  • Rennie Mapp

    Vice President for IT, University of Virginia

  • Patricia Martins Marcos

    History and Science Studies, University of California, Davis

  • Christine Mugnolo

    Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

  • Cinthya Ammerman Muñoz

    Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

  • Yao Pei

    German Studies, University of California, Irvine

  • Ivana Polic

    History, University of California, San Diego

  • Michelle Robertson

    English, University of California, Irvine

  • Paul N. Roth

    Music–Integrative Studies, University of California, San Diego

  • Juan Manuel Rubio

    History, University of California, Irvine

  • Sergio Manuel Silva

    Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Virginia

  • David Tamez

    Philosophy, University of Kansas

  • Ashley Teodorson

    Performance Studies, University of California, Davis

  • Darby Cameron Vickers

    Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

  • Mirna Wasef

    History, University of California, San Diego

  • Ka Lee Wong

    East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

  • Kevin Woram

    History, University of Virginia