PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Podcasting About the Not-So-Dark Ages
Medieval history often gets short shrift: it happened a long time ago, in dead languages, and peoples' lives appeared solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In shedding new light about the deep past for a public audience, you will conduct research to develop a narrative that can serve as the basis of a podcast series. By familiarizing yourself with recent scholarship, popular literature, or foundational primary sources, you will clean out the cobwebs from the dimly lit corners of the past by drawing our attention to overlooked subjects, characters, and events that speak to our current predicaments and help us come to terms with our present circumstance.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Op-Ed
What does it mean to have an opinion worthy of an audience? We will learn how to critique, evaluate, and produce original and hard-hitting opinion pieces designed for publication in different media outlets. By reading across different genres of opinion pieces, you will learn to appreciate the nuance of communicating complex data and information in concise yet refined prose. Then, by practicing the art of writing about scientific policy, foreign military intervention, or the need to shore up public education, you will be better equipped to produce an original op-ed tailored for a targeted media outlet of your choosing. In this way, you too can shape public opinion.