Writing History is a seminar for faculty, graduate students, and exceptional undergraduate students, focused on the pleasures and challenges of writing history for a wider public. We put aside a history essay’s content, context, or historiography in order to hone our approach to the writing process—from style, pacing, and word choices to questions of audience, publishers, and of the changes wrought by digital media.
We will meet six Fridays, from noon to 2 p.m,
411 Fayerweather Hall, second floor
Let us know that you are interested in coming and receiving the pre-circulated readings on this form. We will write to confirm about a week before the session.
September 21– Richard Rabinowitz,
“Bubbe’s Bottle Opener: A Handful of Histories”
October 12 – Deirdre Cooper Owens
,“’A Deranged and Sick Person’: Examining Lunacy and Hapticity in U.S. Slavery”
November 9 – James Goodman
, “The Past is Prologue, The Past is Never Dead (It is Not Even Past), The Past is a Foreign Country, The Past is the Present—and any Number of Other Misleading, Misunderstood, Misused, or Simply Mutually Exclusive Aphorisms about History”
February 8 – Caroline Marris
: Designing an Early Modern Mythology of Revolution”
March 8 – Salamishah Tillet
,“In Search of ‘The Color Purple’: A Memoir”
April 12 – Lori Flores
, “The Multiple Mexicos of Manhattan: The Impact of Chef Zarela Martinez on the Latino Foodscape of New York City, 1983-Present”
The Writing History Seminar acknowledges the support of the New York University History Department, the Columbia University History Department, the Digital Humanities Initiative at The New School, the Rutgers University-Newark History Department, and the History Department and Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College.
Any more questions? Contact Adam Arenson