Category Archives: history

Past Tense April 21: The Journalist as Historian

Please join us for our last event of the academic year on Thursday, April 21, 7:00pm, in the Huntington Library’s  Overseers’ Room, for: “The Journalist as Historian” Miriam Pawel spent twenty-five years working for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She … Continue reading

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Allan Megill and rigorous history in an age of fragmentation

Allan Megill’s Historical Knowledge, Historical Error should be required reading for historians. This collection of essays grapples with many of the profession’s current obsessions – memory, identity, narrative, objectivity, grand narrative, cultural history, counterfactuals, epistemology – in an open-hearted yet … Continue reading

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A wired life with room to think

I felt acutely aware of the tension between nostalgic notions of the scholar as a deliberative and introspective thinker, a reader and writer with time to ruminate—and a socially networked, interfaced and interactive collaborator. Continue reading

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Imagining the Future of History — Are you Isms or Ism-free?

AHA session recap: Imagining the Future of History — Are you Isms or Ism-free? This semester I am offering a graduate course on “The Writing of History” (syllabus here). I’ll talk more about my choices and its progress over the … Continue reading

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Haunted by the Strangling Angel (of History)

Cross-posted from History Compass Exchanges I’m a historian because I’m haunted. The words and names from the archives surface in my thoughts and dreams…as I immerse myself in their world, their stories become mine. Am I like a clan storyteller, … Continue reading

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The Past's Digital Presence: Feb 19-20, Yale University

Make sure to mark your calendars for this upcoming conference: The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities February 19-20 Yale University Full Conference Program Available Here How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research … Continue reading

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The "Wired" West: Digital History at the Western History Association Annual Conference

Andrew Torget and Brent Rogers, speaking on a WHA panel titled “Exploring and Visualizing the Mid-Nineteenth Century West Through Digital History,” each showcased their laudable efforts at using digital tools in historical research. Torget, perhaps best known for his efforts … Continue reading

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What's print got to do with it? New frontiers of digital of scholarship

History, for me, remains text-centric, which I hope sounds perverse in a conversation about history and new media. Although I’m not technically accomplished, neither am I a Luddite. And I’ve drunk enough Derridian Kool-Aid to be willing to see most … Continue reading

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The China Beat blog: Where the East is Read

The China Beat blog, despite being completely outside my field, is one of my favorite history-themed blogs.  The engaging mix of articles keeps me thinking and learning more about China than I ever knew I wanted to. Of particular interest … Continue reading

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Episode 7: John Demos

At the end of this year, John Demos will retire from his position as Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University. For the past decade, Professor Demos has offered a course on “Narrative and Other Histories” for graduate students, … Continue reading

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