Past Tense at the Huntington Library: Fall and Winter Schedule

In collaboration with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the USC-Huntington Institute on California and the West, we are happy to announce the fall and winter schedule for the Past Tense seminar.

These gatherings focus on the craft of writing history — not the content so much, not the historiography, not whether historians can or should write for a wider audience. (They can, and they should.)

We will pause over pace, consider each comma, wonder if word choice or narrative perspective is the most important element. We will relish the writing process, try to take up new writing challenges, and work to reach new audiences. And we’ll have snacks to accompany inspiring conversations.

Confirmed so far are:

James Baldwin and the Civil War Centennial, Fifty Years Later
David Blight, Yale University and Huntington Fellow
Tuesday, October 5

Colonial Stories and a 21st Century Readership
Dan Richter, University of Pennsylvania and Huntington Fellow

Monday, November 1

Narrating the Impossible: A Tale of a Sixteenth-Century Alchemist
Tara Nummedal, Brown University and Huntington Fellow
Monday, December 6

Writing around Absence
Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University and Huntington Fellow
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Writing the Long Duree
Marcy Norton, GWU and Huntington Fellow
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All Past Tense events will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Overseers’ Room at the Huntington Library. If you need a handy way to remember this and all future Past Tense events (and selected Huntington Library lectures), use this Google Calendar.

We hope to see you there, and we will be working to extend the conversations here on the blog, through recaps, previews, and interviews and podcasts where possible.

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