Micro-Credential Option


These small workshops are limited to 8 graduate students.  Applications are due by Friday September 10th:

What is an Archive? Led by Beinecke Curator Melissa Barton.  The Application and Description are here:


Approaches to Film Curation and Programming.   An opportunity to hear from and talk with actively engaged curators, archivists, programmers, producers, artists and scholars from Yale, MoMA, Tribeca film festival and more.  The Application and Description are here:


The Micro-Credential Option

Public Humanities offers skills-based “micro-credential” options in lieu of an internship.  These intensive workshops—the structure and timing of these workshops are determined by the subject—meet during the academic year to help students build skills needed to complete their public humanities projects and dissertations.  Students meet with leading practitioners, learn new skills and present their own work in progress for detailed feedback. We offer these micro-credentials on a rotating basis and respond to graduate student interest.  Please don’t hesitate to write to publichumanities@yale.edu or the DGS (Matt Jacobson) or assistant DGS (Karin Roffman) to make a request.  We are currently developing micro-credential workshops in exhibition writing & display; in digital humanities project design; and in screenwriting from the archive.

In Summer 2021 Public Humanities offered a micro-credential in Podcasting, which was led by Lecturer Nicholas Foster.  The four-part workshop offered hands-on experience in creating a new podcast and offered opportunities to speak with current producers, agents and podcasters about their ongoing experience.

Spring 2021 Public Humanities offered a micro-credential in Museums & Collections, which was led by Beinecke Library Curator Nancy Kuhl.  The four-part workshop offered a real-time experiment in pandemic-era public exhibition planning including curation and production, institutional communications, audience development and cultivation, and program planning.  Participants devised, developed, and executed strategies for repositioning (recycling, reimagining) an exhibition during the current crises as well as presented and published their own micro-exhibitions.

Spring 2021 also saw a Colloquium on Public Writing led by Leah Mirakhor. This colloquium was a four-part series devoted to bringing together the realms of scholarly and public-facing in our writing.  Each session was devoted to a specific aspect of how to engage and produce public writing. The colloquium was open to graduate students from across the disciplines interested in building bridges between these spheres, and even more specifically in publishing work in public-facing journals, magazines, and newspapers.  This colloquium was offered in collaboration with the Program in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration.

In Fall 2020, Public Humanities offered a micro-credential in Public Writing, led by Leah Mirakhor.  The workshops highlighted how public writing could intervene into and interrogate the intersections of racial capitalism, state violence, the pandemic, and protests.  Students wrote, critiqued and edited original pieces.

In 2019-2020, Public Humanities offered students an opportunity to take a sequence of three oral history workshops with leading practitioners in the field to develop their own project at a very high level of expertise.  The workshops were led by Mary Marshall Clark and Amy Starescheski, the co-directors of the Columbia Oral History Master’s Program.  Students completed and edited two audio interviews, presented their work to the seminar group for critiques in several phases, and planned additional fieldwork as needed for dissertation research.