American history untucked in new podcast
A new podcast is giving American History Lecturer Dr David Silkenat an innovative way of sharing his subject with the world. (Published 28 May 2014)
American History Untucked is a podcast conversation with American historians, hosted by Dr David Silkenat, Lecturer in American History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
The show aims to be conversational; casual, personal, informal and spontaneous. Each podcast invites a guest historian to discuss their research, their background and their experiences.
Since its launch in April this year, and with 9 episodes already available, the podcast has gained an audience of 100 listeners from around the world and continues to grow.
It’s about what makes history interesting to us and how we try to share that with our readers, students, and other audiences.
American historians defined
The first podcast introduced the show and its host. Dr Silkenat joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013; his research focuses on the social and cultural history of the American South during the 19th century, with particular attention to the Civil War .
The show explores time in the archives, the writing process, teaching and doing public history. In his blog Dr Silkenat summarises “It’s about what makes history interesting to us and how we try to share that with our readers, students, and other audiences.”
With a focus on engaging with a wide range of audiences, the show features mostly, but not exclusively, academic historians as well as archivists, public historians and documentary film makers.
The latest episode introduces Chris Cameron, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, who talks about his autobiography, his research on African American abolitionists and his current research.
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You can download or subscribe to American History Untucked through the podcast blog spot or through iTunes.