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Since its inception in the fall of 2019, the Amplify Program has included several virtual panels, talks and workshops that offer food for thought as well as practical instruction around the theory and practice of public voice. Below are links to recordings of Amplify events and workshops, including a series on how to create your own podcast, a discussion of how to get started in public art, as well as conversations with students and practitioners that can serve as inspiration for Smith community members interested in entering into public discourse. All Zoom recordings and access to Google drive files/videos require a Smith login.

Workshop & Webinar Recordings

Screenshot of podcasting webinar by Gabriela Acosta ’12


Podcasting Workshop #1: The Art of Podcasting As Social Scholarship
Speaker: Gabriela Acosta ’12
Date: October 5, 2021
Gaby Acosta ’12, host of The Way We Lead podcast, discusses how and why podcasting has grown so popular in the past decade, why podcasts are a powerful tool for teaching and for making scholarship accessible and engaging to a public audience, and ethical guidelines for producers of academic podcasts.

Screenshot for an Amplify workshop on podcasting


Podcasting Workshop #2: Setting The Groundwork for A Thought Leadership Podcast
Speaker: Gabriela Acosta ’12
Date: October 13, 2021
Gaby Acosta '12, host of The Way We Lead podcast, provides a rich overview of the components that go into creating a podcast, from developing the idea to selecting tools for recording and editing, interviewing guests, developing a visual identity for your podcast and managing all the details.

screenshot of Zoom webinar on producing a podcast


Podcasting Workshop #3: How to Produce and Edit Your Podcast
Speaker: Gabriela Acosta ’12
Date: October 19, 2021
Gaby Acosta '12, host of The Way We Lead podcast, gives a deeper dive into podcast production—recording, editing and adding sound design—and offers tips on choosing a hosting platform to share your podcast with the world. Dan Bennett and Meridith Richter offer an overview of the audio recording resources at Smith.

Screenshot of Zoom webinar with four presenters on Amplifying Inquiry


Amplifying Inquiry: Democratizing Knowledge Through Public Scholarship
: Esther Ngumbi, Linda Villarosa and Katina Rogers (Erin Cohn, moderator)
Date: September 30, 2021
Entomologist Esther Ngumbi, humanities scholar and higher education reformer Katina Rogers, and journalist Linda Villarosa discuss topics including why scientists should share their work with public audiences, the myth of the “humanities in crisis,” the relationships between journalistic and scholarly treatments of history and more.

Screenshot of Amplify webinar on agency and receptivity


Agency + Receptivity: How to Effectively Activate Public Spaces through the Platform of Public Art
Speaker: Pasqualina Azzarello
Date: October 7, 2021
Pasqualina Azzarello, Coordinator for Easthampton City Arts, shares stories and lesssons learned through her own experiences as a public artist, and responds to student questions about getting started in public art, engaging community members in the public art process, and learning to trust yourself as a public artist.

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting on public voices with students and Carrie Baker


Building Public Voices: A Conversation With Carrie Baker and Her Students
Date: October 25, 2021
Professor Carrie Baker, Marcela Rodrigues-Sherley ’20, Juliet Schulman-Hall ’22 and Lily Sendroff ’22 share their stories about getting started with public writing, the opportunities and challenges of writing for a public audience, and how faculty members and peers can support students as they get started with this form of writing.

Historian Tanisha Ford and podcaster Tuck Woodstock


Developing and Owning Your Public Voice
Speakers: Tanisha Ford and Tuck Woodstock
Date: September 24, 2020
Historian Tanisha Ford and podcaster Tuck Woodstock discuss what it feels like to get started developing a public voice, including battling imposter phenomenon and balancing telling your story with sharing others’ stories.


The Public Voice Tax: An Evening With Shereen Marisol Meraji
Speakers: Shereen Marisol Meraji, Samuel Ng, Liz Pryor, Carrie Baker
Date: October 29, 2020
Shereen Marisol Meraji discusses her career as a journalist on NPR and co-producer of the “Code Switch” podcast, including a discussion of the “tax” paid by women and people of color as they enter their voices into public discourse.


Public Voice Across Media: Speaking Out Against Climate Change
Speakers: Leah Stokes, Audrea Lim, Eve Mosher, Yanna Lambrinidou
Date: November 19, 2020
Political scientist Leah Stokes, journalist Audrea Lim, and artist Eve Mosher compare notes on the ways in which they tackle climate issues via different media and for different kinds of audiences.