Author Archives: Adam Arenson

Past Tense Seminar: 2011-12 Dates and 2010-11 Podcasts

The 2011-2012 schedule for the Past Tense seminar is in the works; we have dates, listed below, and we are discussing logistics with our speakers. Our new time is Fridays at noon, so we can have lunch and discuss our … Continue reading

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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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Event: Marcy Norton, “Writing the Longue Durée,” March 22

Please join us on Tuesday, March 22, 7:00pm, in the Huntington Library’s  Overseers’ Room, for: “Writing the Longue Durée” Marcy Norton Associate Professor, George Washington University, and Huntington Fellow Please join us! Sacred Gifts-Profane Pleasures selections and Norton-Spain Animals selection … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Sing Your History

I have been riding around with lonely cowboys, energetic flirts, and cynical Brits. I live in Los Angeles now, and so there is always another opportunity to get in your car. Thankfully, there is also a rich mix of radio … Continue reading

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History over the Air

How much history do you listen to? What are the best history radio shows and podcasts, after this one? What makes them great? Continue reading

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Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange: Excellent History at the Edge of Knowability

The first thing to know about Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange is that it is gripping. When I first cracked it open, in a Seattle hotel room last March, I found myself one hundred pages in before checking the time. This … Continue reading

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OAH Report: Early-Republic Crowdsourcing and Communal Email

What can early American communication networks tell us about the Internet? An OAH 2010 panel recap. Continue reading

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"Letters to a Tenured Historian" now available

My Writing of History class is now reading exemplary histories. In historiography-driven courses, so often the new trumps all. But when a course focuses on history writing, there is a fruitful dialogue between new books and old, often with a different … Continue reading

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Stephen Pyne’s How-To of History: Thinking, Choosing, Writing

(Apologies to those of you who dutifully waited up Wednesday for this post; it’s that time of semester. But my book manuscript did get finalized as you waited, so it’s a step closer to store shelves!) I was quite impressed … Continue reading

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