Public Scholarship Instructions

The public scholarship option allows you to do what most academics dream of doing: make the results of your research valuable and meaningful to a broader public. For this option, you will likely have to work in close consultation with me as we imagine a way to make your research public. Some possibilities might include developing a website that presents oral history excerpts, an online interactive map that links to oral history excerpts, a photo slideshow that uses oral history excerpts, a community listening event, or a place-based exhibition event where some oral history excerpts are curated and made public. Of course, you may also imagine something that I can’t, so any ideas you might have about bringing these oral history excerpts to a broader audience should be discussed with me.

For any public scholarship project that you choose to pursue, there will be some common bases for evaluation. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

Public Scholarship Component:


  • It should be made clear to the audience that this example of public scholarship will be discussing an issue related Life in Montreal, and that there will be a variety of perspectives presented.
  • There should be a clearly identifiable thesis statement in your presentation.


  • Narrators: Each narrator should be introduced (either in their own words, or in yours) before his or her perspective is heard. There must be at least four different interviewees included in the work of public scholarship, and these four interviewees must provide a diversity of perspectives that come from a diversity of lived experiences.
  • Each excerpt must be clearly related to the central message you are trying to convey.


  • The central message that we can learn from your work of public scholarship must be clearly restated at the end of your presentation. This can be done in your own voice, or by using a direct quotation from an interviewee.


  • The work of public scholarship must be organized and curated in a way that is easily navigable and consumable by the broader public

 Written component

Liner Notes:

  • The liner notes are a detailed account of the work of public scholarship you have produced. They will be composed of the details of your sources, the transcriptions of your linking texts, and the explanations for every choice you made. Here are some specific instructions for each component:
    • For each excerpt: you must indicate exactly which interview it came from, at what time range it can be found in the original recording, why you chose this particular excerpt, and how it relates to the central message you are attempting to deliver.
    • You must provide each segment of lining text in written form, detailing any secondary sources that you may have used to write the piece (in MLA format)
    • Be sure to clearly indicate your thesis statement (which should be found early in your work of public scholarship).
    • For each added audio/visual effect (i.e. music, background noises, photographs, maps, etc…): You must provide a citation to tell me what it is and where you got it.

Works Cited:

  • You must include a Works Cited in proper MLA format that lists all of the sources that you used to complete this work of public scholarship. There should be at least two sources listed here, which means that you must have drawn from these two sources, and cited them somewhere in the liner notes.




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