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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2020-2021, Public Humanities is offering a micro-credential in Public Writing, which will be led by Leah Mirakhor. The workshops will highlight how public writing can intervene into and interrogate the intersections of racial capitalism, state violence, the pandemic, and protests. Students will write, critique and edit 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.