The Public Humanities Interns at the Institute for the Humanities have created a new podcast titled “Why Should You Care?” The first episode will be released Friday, February 4 and will be available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Anchor. New podcast episodes will be released every two weeks and will also be available on our website.

The podcast seeks to answer the question, “Why should you care about the humanities?” by utilizing a humanities lens to look at pressing issues of our time including racism, politics, and public health. The podcast’s hosts Abdul Kizito (anthropology, 2023) and Cole Simon (Residential College, political science, 2022) interview University of Michigan faculty who use their humanities expertise to address current societal concerns. Each podcast will also explore the interviewee’s academic journey that brought them to the humanities, and hopefully teach us a little about our own humanity, showing how a multidisciplinary approach can guide us to a better future. 

The podcast creators are the 8 members of the Institute for the Humanities’ Public Humanities Internship program for undergraduate juniors and seniors. Interns develop public programs, plan events, and share information about humanities topics with the wider community. An important part of the program's mission is to help increase undergrad engagement with and appreciation for the humanities here on campus. Interns routinely engage with the humanities and acquire practical, real-life experience with event planning and marketing, communication and publicity through social media, and leadership and teamwork skills development.