Episode 11 of Crosscurrents is part of the ongoing recordings of the key talks from the Environmental Humanities in the Public Realm Workshop held at the Nexus Centre. In this episode we focus on communicating the environmental humanities digitally. Today, scholars everywhere have powerful digital tools with which to communicate ideas and information, including open access publishing, web displays, podcasts, and social media. What do these technologies offer us? How can they be used more effectively? And what kind of communities of scholarship can we build online.

We begin with Jessica DeWitt, a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s PhD program in history, and social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE). In the latter position, Jessica has been a passionate pioneer in using social media to disseminate scholarship and build online communities within the field of environmental history in Canada

In the second part of the episode we hear from Kimberly Coulter, who has been developing digital communication platforms at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society since 2009, especially as leader of the Environment and Society Portal. Kim reflects on some of the pitfalls of digital outreach, but also speaks about how her team developed the portal as an incredibly successful digital outreach platform for the environmental humanities.

Welcome to the eleventh episode of CrossCurrents, a podcast of Memorial University’s Nexus Centre for Humanities and Social Science Research.

For more information on Jessica Dewitt and Kimberly Coulter’s work check out these links:

Jessica’s Historical DeWitticisms page https://jessicamdewitt.wordpress.com/author/jessicamariedewitt/

The Network in Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE) https://niche-canada.org/

The Environment and Society Portal http://www.environmentandsociety.org/

Q and A with Kimberly Coulter https://seeingthewoods.org/2013/05/29/qa-with-environment-society-portal-director-kimberly-coulter/

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