Upcoming Schedule for the Past Tense Lectures at the Huntington Library

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 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.

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

The Journalist as Historian
Miriam Pawel, author of The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement
Thursday, April 21, 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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