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Past Tense Workshop at the Huntington Library, April 27, noon

“Creatively Writing about a Huntington Object” April 27, noon Huntington Library The capstone event of the 2011-2012 year of Past Tense seminars will be participatory writing workshop.  Curator Stephen Tabor will bring a set of recently-acquired objects  to serve as … 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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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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A Room of One’s Own…

For the first time ever, I have an office of my own.  One that’s not shared with numerous other grad students or that I must vacate when the library closes.  But now the question looms: what’s the best working environment?  … 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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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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Event: Peter Hessler in Conversation with Ken Pomeranz, Feb 16 at UC Irvine

New Yorker writer Peter Hessler (author of the books River Town, Oracle Bones, and the about to be released Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory) will be on campus February 16 to engage in a public … 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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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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