Throughout the fall semester student researchers in Dr. Kate Mulry's course, HIST 3650: Science, Medicine, and Empire in the Atlantic World, have been researching, writing, and producing their original research for a class podcast. Each student will feature their original research in individual 15-minute episodes. The class podcast was created in the context of the course Science, Medicine, and Empire in the Atlantic World, which introduced students to the major themes of, and approaches to, the entangled histories of empire, science, and medicine in the early modern Atlantic world (1500-1800). In the course students examined the role of science and medicine in creating, upholding, and governing empires.
Students also investigated how imperial expansion and participants around the Atlantic, including Amerindians, free and enslaved Africans, and women, transformed and shaped emerging scientific and medical ideas. The aim of the podcast is to encourage students to think about how to translate their research projects for an audience beyond the classroom. Experimenting with a podcast has motivated the class to present their research in a fun, engaging way; it has emphasized skills in storytelling while maintaining a high scholarly standard.
The class secured the assistance of Flynt Burton, a student in CSUB’s Department of Music, for their podcast. Burton worked the class to create a unique sound for the podcast. Burton composed two excerpts for the podcast, including a piano trio and wind quartet to complement the themes and content of the podcast. With the assistance of Anthony Bolanos, of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, the students recorded rough cuts of their episodes during the first week of December 2017. The students are also the recipients of an undergraduate research grant from the Dean’s office which will enable them to secure a dedicated platform to host the podcast.
Check out the live link to the podcast here!
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