“Careers in the Public Humanities” is a podcast exploring the broad range of positions and prospects open to PhDs beyond the tenure track. The podcast is produced by graduate students in the University of Rhode Island English Department, with funding support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Next Generation PhD initiative. Each episode features an interview with a PhD alum, from URI and other universities, who uses their disciplinary knowledge in unique ways. The series aims to inspire current and prospective PhD students to embrace cross-disciplinary learning and to consider engaging in research that serves diverse literary and cultural publics.
Producer: Dr. Rachel Boccio
Editors: Ryan Engley and Catherine Winters
Sound Designer: Mark Scetta
Graphic Designer: Justin Chen
With thanks to the original Production Team: Dr. Rachel Boccio and Dr. Michele Meek
The April 2017 inaugural episode features an interview with Dr. Claire Reynolds, Communications Coordinator for the English department at the University of Connecticut. The interview, conducted by Dr. Rachel Boccio, highlights Claire’s important role promoting the scholarship of graduate students and faculty in English at UCONN. Throughout the conversation, Claire and Rachel (both URI English PhD alumnae) return to the importance of advanced training in the humanities and the rich diversity of roles PhDs are needed to fill.
Episode 3: Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the Mark Twain House
Starting our Fall 2017 season of the Careers in the Public Humanities podcast, Dr. Rachel Boccio interviews Dr. James Golden, the Director of Education at the Mark Twain House of Hartford, CT. In this episode, James and Rachel discuss moving to public humanities from academia and the importance of cultural institutions to a wide array of communities.
In this episode of Careers in the Public Humanities, PhD candidate Ryan Engley interviews Dr. Elizabeth Francis, the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Together they discuss the importance of placemaking and engaging with community in all humanities projects.