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


Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

NHC Virtual Institute for College/University Faculty and Staff

June 12–16, 2023

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

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 and staff, including librarians, digital humanities practitioners, and administrators, 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.

Professional Development

Participants will receive 40 professional development hours by completing this institute.

Application Process

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

Institute Scholarship Program

We are offering up to four scholarships for faculty, instructors, librarians, digital humanities staff, and independent scholars who are interested in attending the institute, but do not have financial support from their institutions or cannot afford to attend. Those who receive a scholarship will receive free tuition and all equipment.

Applicants should submit a CV and one-page response explaining what they are interested in learning and how they plan to use their new podcasting and public storytelling expertise. Applications are due April 21, 2023. Please submit all application materials as PDFs to nhc_ed@nationalhumanitiescenter.org

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