Resources & Training for Communicating the Humanities
What’s Our Mission?
The mission of the Center for Humanities Communication (CHC) is to curate and contribute to an open-license digital clearinghouse of quality humanities advocacy and communication materials, and to mentor “new voices” of humanities communicators able to enter organizations, professions, and media roles that bring the humanities to the public. We believe that a widely sourced and centrally coordinated Center for Humanities Communication can directly and effectively support individuals, groups, and organizations, locally and nationwide, in their work advocating and communicating about the humanities.
This is Our Model
Just as the National Science Foundation’s high-impact Science and Engineering Indicators reports helped inspire the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Humanities Indicators project (started in 2009), so the model of professional and citizen science information-gathering, science writing, and science communication generally can offer the humanities a model to adapt for publicizing the importance of the humanities in society.
Our model is to support and expand communication about, and from the point of view of, the humanities through a model of knowledgeable, skilled, and trained humanities communicators curating and spreading high-impact news, reports, excerpts, interviews, podcasts, social media, and other media formats in a way that parallels the historically successful model of science communication.
There are many talented humanities communicators now spread out across a broad range of institutions, social sectors, and jobs. And there are many potential new humanities communicators from diverse ages and groups who will be willing to work or volunteer in humanities communication. Creating a framework for this network of people to work together with shared materials in a sphere of activity recognized publicly and professionally as “humanities communication” is our model, which will be structured around: