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Wonder upon wonder: the I in the absence of history

January 27, 2018

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We have all been affected by this revolution, and it has, in winning the moment, convinced all of us that we have have not been individually affected by it. In the absence of a history, it is difficult to even see that a revolution has taken place.

A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell

November 5, 2016

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Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.

My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016

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My foolish acceptance of Morton’s imperfect history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

Me, My Mother, and You: Colonialism’s Bastards

April 24, 2016

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It is only the Western colonial obsession with the “racial” purity of blood that cuts off my ties -- our ties -- to a shared history we should all call our own.

A Short History of Social Media: Hope, Defeat, and the Faint Hope of Renewal.

January 11, 2016

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With the benefit of hindsight, I now see that the early promise of social media was somewhat ephemeral.

To The Historians Go the Spoils of Your War: Who is Writing Your History?

February 13, 2012

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It is well understood that the victors write the history. It is overlooked, I think, that, in fact, it is the victors’ historians who write the history. For historians, ideas, culture, and writing are pretty damn important. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that ideas, culture, and writing figure so prominently in our histories, […]

A Fine Afternoon, Caught Between History and the Ever Present Future.

January 1, 2012

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It was an unusually warm afternoon in late October. My friend had disappeared, following her daughter, who had wandered off, cheerfully exploring. Someone was flying a kite and, as I lay on my back in the grass, I decided that it was very generous of him or her to provide such a wonderful sparkling charm […]