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Past Tense with David Blight, Oct 5

“James Baldwin and the Civil War Centennial, Fifty Years Later” Tuesday, October 5, 7pm Huntington Library, Overseers Room You’re invited to join us for this Past Tense lecture with historian and Huntington Fellow David Blight.

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Spinning Yarns about this Spinning Planet

Narrative threads: reading, writing, talking after the conference is over Continue reading

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Some reflections on "The Trouble With History"

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s recent article in Perspectives provoked a fairly strong response in me. Her experiences as a mother and graduate student strike close to home, particularly because she’s been a mentor and role model. And her use of poetry … Continue reading

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The familiar or the new?

This week I had the opportunity to present my research to a Civil War Roundtable, one of the dozens of such groups around the country that regularly gather non-academics to learn more about Civil War sites and battlefields and share … 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 6, Part 1: Patricia Nelson Limerick

Just for the record, I’d like you to know that I danced plenty in high school, thank you very much. With that off my chest, I do hope that you’ll take a moment to tune in to Patty’s reading of … Continue reading

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Episode 5: Rachel Sarah O'Toole

For those of us engaged in writing history, the practical reality is that we need to secure funding for our efforts. Whether you’re working on your dissertation or are polishing up a book manuscript, Rachel Sarah O’Toole‘s tips for garnering … Continue reading

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"Writing History" Seminar: Studying the craft of historical writing

This quarter I’m taking a seminar called “Writing History” with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China’s Brave New World. The aim of the class (from the syllabus) is to “explore the qualities of historical writing as writing and to see whether … Continue reading

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Experimental History with Martha Hodes

A few months ago I heard Martha Hodes speak about her latest book, The Sea Captain’s Wife. Most of the questions from the audience centered on the accessibility of her writing and its appeal to a mainstream audience. During the … Continue reading

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