Re-thinking Columbus: A Call to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Erstwhile’s Alessandra Link invites you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. She offers up a small serving of worthwhile reads on Native American pasts and presents. What are your favorite works in Indigenous history/contemporary life? Share them below and continue the conversation. This past Saturday the annual Columbus Day parade circled through Denver, led by “dignitaries” from the city’s…

Science Rules? The Unfortunate Consequences of Big History’s Ascension

While debates over high school curricula are heating up in Erstwhile’s home state of Colorado, Travis R. May (Ph.D. student, University of Colorado) explores the potential pitfalls of another teaching trend: “Big History.” There is a revolution in the offing in secondary education. Not one involving guillotines and cockades and (likely apocryphal) cake, mind you, but a revolution…

Pictures of Protest: Hong Kong

Reed Chervin (History M.A., CU Boulder) recently began his PhD work at The University of Hong Kong. His arrival coincided with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, and he photographed some of the scenes for Erstwhile. Thanks to Reed for his contribution! In preparation for the 1997 handover of Hong Kong, the British and Chinese governments drafted…