Are you enthusiastic about linguistics and eager to share your enthusiasm with a wider audience, but not sure how to get started?  Our panel of veteran podcasters will share their experience, including technical, journalistic and promotional best practices.  

The webinar took place on Friday, March 6 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time.  

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Anne Curzan is Geneva Smitherman Collegiate Professor of English, Linguistics, and Education and dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the history of the English language, attitudes about language change, language and gender, and pedagogy. She has published multiple books and dozens of articles; her most recent books include Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History (2014) and the third edition of the co-authored textbook How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction (2012). She has also created the audio/video courses “Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins” and “English Grammar Boot Camp” for The Great Courses. Professor Curzan wrote for six years for the blog Lingua Franca for the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the featured expert on the segment "That's What They Say" on local NPR station Michigan Radio.




Carrie Gillon is the co-founder of Quick Brown Fox Consulting and the co-host of the Vocal Fries, the podcast about linguistic discrimination. Trained as a semanticist, she researched the syntax and semantics of understudied languages, mainly Indigenous languages of Canada, and co-edited the Skwxwú7mesh-English bilingual dictionary.





Michelle McSweeney is a computational linguist at and an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center where she teaches data analysis and visualization. She is the co-host of the podcast, Subtext, about the linguistics of online dating, and author of The Pragmatics  of Text Messaging: Making Meaning in Messages (Routledge 2018). Her research focuses on how our digitized world affects language and therefore our relationships by studying the norms and expectations for online dating. She currently has two books under way, one about the word, "data" and another about the word, "OK", both drawing connections between language and technological and scientific innovation.  







John McWhorter teaches linguistics at Columbia University, as well as Western Civilization and music history. He specializes in language change and language contact, and is the author of The Missing Spanish Creoles, Language Simplicity and Complexity, and most recently The Creole Debate. He has written extensively on issues related to linguistics, race, and other topics for Time, The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and elsewhere, and is a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic. For the general public he is the author of The Power of Babel, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, The Language Hoax, Words on the Move, Talking Back, Talking Black, and other books, and hosts the Lexicon Valley language podcast at Slate.