Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public | National Humanities Center


Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

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

National Humanities Center Virtual Institute for Graduate Students

Session 1: December 14–18, 2020 | Session 2: January 11–15, 2021

Overview SPEAKERS SESSION 1 SESSION 2 Teaching Resources

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:

  • Encourage emerging humanities scholars to embrace a sense of responsibility for sharing stories of the human experience with 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.
  • Expand humanities professionals’ capabilities for curating humanities materials 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.

Application Process

Students are nominated into the program by their home institutions. The National Humanities Center will accept up to ten (10) students per partner institution. NHC staff work with university representatives to develop recruiting materials, including an orientation meeting with faculty and students. The program quickly reaches capacity so participating institutions are encouraged to indicate their interest and submit applications as soon as the application portal opens.

Once selected, students will work with NHC staff to complete all required paperwork and prepare for the residency program. Participants will also participate in a short welcome orientation video conference and receive a detailed syllabus.

The tuition cost per participant is $1,100 and covers all programming for the National Humanities Center Virtual Regional Institute.

For more information, contact Andy Mink, Vice President for Education Programs.

Next Steps and Timeline

  • November 1, 2020: University partners submit nominations for up to ten current humanities PhD students for a position in the residency program.
  • November 4, 2020: The NHC will establish contact with participants, schedule video orientation, and share expectations and syllabus.