Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Talk: "A Misplaced Massacre: Sand Creek in History and Memory", Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis (Co-sponsored by AMS, NAIS, and IHS)

Fri, September 20, 2013 | Burdine (BUR) 108

12:00 PM - 12:30 AM

Professor Ari Kelman will discuss the meaning and impact of the longstanding fight to shape and control memories of Sand Creek. As he explains, "For nearly a century and a half, the Sand Creek Massacre has been at the center of struggles over history and memory in the American West: from the government investigations launched in the massacre's immediate aftermath; to the controversial work of so-called Indian reformers, including Helen Hunt Jackson, writing late in the nineteenth century; to memorials erected in Colorado during the era of the Cold War; to the impact of popular histories, like Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; to the recently opened Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site."

Ari Kelman is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, environmental history, Native American history, World War II, and America in the 1960s.  He is the author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013) and A River and Its City:  The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (University of California Press, 2003). Kelman’s essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of Urban History, The Journal of American History, and many others. Kelman has also contributed to outreach endeavors aimed at K-12 educators, and to a variety of public history projects, including documentary films for the History Channel and PBS’s American Experience series. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library.  He is now working on two books, "Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War" and "Caught Between Civil Wars: The Cherokee Nation from Removal to Reconstruction."

Sponsored by: American Studies Department, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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