Nicole King, "Sounds of a City: Podcasts and Public Humanities in Baltimore," Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Volume 25, Number 1 (2021).
"Sounds of a City: Podcasts and Public Humanities in Baltimore"
reflects on the Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition project,
a collaborative teaching endeavor that began in 2015 to document
changing Baltimore neighborhoods through student-produced media.
The essay provides a definition of public humanities and a discussion of
organic methodological innovations that evolved through the process of
creating a series of student-produced podcasts focused on listening to
a city in a specific moment. Sharing authority and deeply listening to
both students and the diverse voices of a city led to the “on the street”
interview methodology. Organic methods blending journalism with
scholarship, push engaged research into new transdisciplinary territory
that centers voices from the street within the university classroom.teaching, American studies
Keywords: public humanities, podcasts, methodology, engaged research and