Redeeming the Uncool: The Show That Never Ends

It’s appropriate that political reporter Dave Weigel has released The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Downfall of Prog Rock in 2017. Just after we’ve finished one of the most divisive elections (and the Democratic party continues to hold a primary fight for some reason) we get a survey of the most divisive subgenre of rock music.

Coding? But You’re a Historian

When I went away to start my undergrad I was not only a pretty socially awkward person (alert: still am), but I had my own computer for basically the first time in my life. Prior to getting a Dell laptop to start college I had always used desktops everyone in the family shared.

Priorities

In January 2013 the New York Times public editor wrote a column discussing how front page obituaries in 2012 “became something less than a rarity.” According to Margaret Sullivan the total number of front page obituaries for 2012 was 30, or less than ten percent of all front pages that year.

Thankful

Spent a weekend with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey Saw Bruce Springsteen in concert for the first time Won a $6,000 summer research fellowship Presented at a conference in Hawaii (and spent a week exploring Oahu) Travelled close to 3,000 miles on a research trip

Go Out and Do The Things

The Mississippi From the Hotel Window As a historian of Native American history I have three major conference options to present research and meet people in the field: the Western History Association, Ethnohistory, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.