NHC Regional Graduate Student Institute

Public Digital Humanities

Welcome to the National Humanities Center Regional Winter Graduate Student Institute in Public Digital Humanities

Part I: December 14-18, 2020

Part II: January 11-15, 2021

Hosted by the virtual Digital Humanities Center at San Diego State University

Modeled on the NHC's Triangle University Internship Program (TUIP), the National Humanities Center Internship West offers an immersive week-long workshop to train humanities graduate students to develop collaborative, public-facing, research-based humanities content using digital media. Participants will convene virtually in December 2020/January 2021 at San Diego State University to collectively build a podcast series addressing an emerging issue of public concern through the lens of humanistic expertise. Participants will be recruited from doctoral humanities programs across the United States, especially those with expertise relevant to American communities of color.


  • 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.


  • Andy Mink, Vice President for Education, National Humanities Center

  • Joanna Brooks, Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement and Student Success; Co-Founder, SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative

  • Pamella Lach, Digital Humanities Librarian and Director of the Digital Humanities Center; Co-Director, SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative