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…

Alt-Ac Spotlight: Advice from Colorado’s Assistant State Historian

Meet B. Erin Cole (Ph.D., History, University of New Mexico), Colorado’s Assistant State Historian. Today she gives Erstwhile a glimpse of what her job entails, along with some advice for those considering careers in public history. Successful public historians, she explains, must be able to work across diverse topics, in assorted mediums, and with a variety of…

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…