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Doing History


How to Create a Podcast from Concept to Published Episode

Friday, March 18, 2:30-4:30 pm

Idea Lab, Lower Level of the Falvey Memorial Library

Dr. Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin’s World, will share her professional experience in the world of podcasting. During the workshop, Dr. Covart will take participants through how to turn an idea for a podcast into a format for an actual show considering important elements such as audience, content types, costs, and workflow. The second part of this session will cover the basics of audio recording and editing. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a digital history expert the ins and outs of producing an audio program for public consumption.

Liz Covart is the creator, host, and executive producer of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History. As the Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Liz practices a blend of scholarly history, public history, and digital humanities.

Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 4-5:30 pm

Driscoll Hall, Room 227

A frequent media guest and contributor to international and domestic news outlets, Prof. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela. Petrzela will share her professional experience working in different communication outlets and the ways historians can engage with public-facing conversations and media. Drawing on her experience ranging from podcast production to public speaking to writing op-eds to engaging journalists, she will argue for the importance of making history matter beyond the academy, and also provide practical advice on how to do so.

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture. She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford UP, 2015), and the forthcoming FIT NATION: The Gains and Pains Of America’s Exercise Obsession (U of Chicago Press, 2022). She is co-producer and host of the podcast WELCOME TO YOUR FANTASY, and the co-host of Past Present Podcast. Her work has been supported by the Spencer, Whiting, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations.

Writing for the Public: How to Write an Op-Ed

Friday, November 12, 2021, 2:30-3:30 pm

In this virtual session, the editorial team of The Washington Post’s Made by History section will teach the art of how to write and pitch an op-ed. The workshop will cover best practices for public-facing writing and offer expert insights about how to present historical knowledge for public consumption. This event will conclude with break-out rooms so participants have an opportunity to workshop ideas for potential pieces with the Made By History editorial team.

Made by History is The Washington Post’s daily site for political, historical analysis. Edited by a team of professional historians – Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Nicole Hemmer, and Brian Rosenwald – Made by History publishes more than 550 online articles a year related to the latest news and policy debates.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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