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.

2023 Cohort Podcast Examples

Food For Thought: Street Food, Miami

Francisco Delgado, Charmane Perry, Lolita A. Rowe, and Matthew Sutton

Humanists for a Better Future

David Buck, Steven E. B. Lechner, ThuyAnh T. Nguyen, and RaShelle Peck

Teaching in the After Times

Sayan Bhattacharya, Hannah Johnson, Heather J. Sharkey, and Elizabeth Whitney


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.

Facilitators and Speakers

  • podcasting; public humanities; narratives

    Joanna Brooks

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

  • podcasting; public humanities; narratives

    Pamella Lach

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

  • podcasting; public humanities; narratives

    Barry Lam

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