Your Links to History: July Internet Essays and Articles

Erstwhile blogger Caroline Grego presents a grab-bag of the most intriguing history and environmental writing from across the vasts of the Internet each month, according to her subjective and limited perspective.  The Case for Reparations: A Narrative Bibliography by Ta-Nehisi Coates Okay, so this one is cheating a bit. This is a four-part series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates,…

A Graduate Student Summer: How to Compile a Reading List

Erstwhile’s Caroline Grego shares her tips for putting together a thoughtful summer reading list.   What is a pre-comps graduate student in history to do with their summers? Because I began my Ph.D. just last year, I am still in a floundering-for-a-thesis-topic stage and thus have no need for summertime research trips. Because I am in the humanities…

An Interview with Elizabeth Fenn

Elizabeth Fenn (Ph.D., Yale University) is an associate professor of history and department chair at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her latest book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, was published with Hill and Wang. Erstwhile’s Alessandra Link spoke with Fenn about a variety of topics, including…

The Rules of Engagement: What can historians learn from the Jill Lepore/Clayton Christensen showdown?

Spring Greeney, a graduate student of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assists with Erstwhile’s blogosphere debut in this response to the Jill Lepore and Clayton Christensen debate over disruptive innovation theory. Moving past media focus on the vitriol of the tussle, she suggests three lessons we historians can learn from this conversation and asks…

Welcome to Erstwhile!

Toward the end of the spring of 2014, six graduate students from the University of Colorado decided to wade into the blogosphere and attempt to make their mark. Erstwhile is the product of their labors. These students strive to bring original content to the interweb on a weekly basis. Because of this, submissions are always…