How Do I Apply to be a Student Curator?

We have completed recruitment for our 2017 cohort of Student Curators. Applications for the 2018 cohort will be due in mid-January 2018. Those interested in being part of the team are encouraged to attend a keynote event to learn more about the program.



Holding History is a public humanities program that invites audiences to hold, explore, and even take pictures of some of the most important books ever printed. At its core, Holding History is the Wisconsin Idea in action: the project not only welcomes public audiences into University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Special Collections, but also provides a forum for training students to share their knowledge and the resources of the campus with our broader community.


Holding History is an extracurricular, non-credit program that offers mentorship, community, and training opportunities for a small group of Student Curators. Those selected as Student Curators will be expected to devote approximately 10 hours per month to preparation for and presentation at Holding History’s varied events. Generally speaking, most of each month’s time commitments will happen in 1- to 2-week periods around pre-scheduled HH events. Student Curators will also be asked to plan around those events. Student Curators will also be expected to respond within 24 hours to occasional surveys, planning emails, etc.


  • 1-2 Training Sessions at Special Collections
  • One Mentor Luncheon with a guest speaker
  • One Keynote Public Event with team gathering afterwards
  • One Pop-Up Event (less formal, specific audience)
  • One Hands-on Workshop/Activity in the spring (Papermaking, Printing Press, Field Trip, etc)


    • One Keynote Public Event with gathering afterwards
    • One Pop-Up Event
    • One field trip/social event


JOSHUA CALHOUN is an Assistant Professor of English at UW-Madison who specializes in Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, and the history of media. He also teaches courses in the environmental humanities and is a Faculty Affiliate with the Nelson Institute. Calhoun grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and, when he’s not working with students on campus or researching in an archival library, he’s out hiking with his daughter or swimming in a brook somewhere far from the madding crowd. @awayandback /

SARAH MARTY is the director of Arts programs at UW-Madison Continuing Studies, teaches arts entrepreneurship for the UW School of Business, and is a Faculty Affiliate at the UW Arts Institute. As a theatre and event producer she enjoys collaborating with campus and community partners, whether working with the Director of the Marching Band for the UW Varsity Band Show or welcoming the Dalai Lama to the Overture Center for the Arts. A trained musician and stage manager, she recently recorded a Swissconsin album of accordion music with her grandmother and is the Producing Artistic Director for Four Seasons Theatre. @smartyfiles /