A Winter in Moscow: Jim Meyer Returns from Fulbright

Professor Jim Meyer recently returned from a Fulbright to Moscow. His research focused on the life of Nazim Hikmet, a Turkish poet who was arrested, frequently imprisoned, and exiled for his pro-communist beliefs. Hikmet also traveled between the two countries often. Meyer spoke about his research and the Russian reaction (or lack thereof) to accusations … More A Winter in Moscow: Jim Meyer Returns from Fulbright

Reclaiming Indigenous Women’s History

  At the Rural Women’s Studies blog, Cynthia Prescott has posted a meditation on Anne Hyde’s Empires, Nations, Families. She rightfully lauds the book for creating a complex history of the way that individual families navigated changing imperial formations. She asks us, however, to read Hyde’s work as a call for historians to pay greater attention to the … More Reclaiming Indigenous Women’s History

The West as Sanctuary for the Historic African American Community?

by Crystal Alegria and Jill Falcon Mackin   The 1860s marked a shift in westward expansion to Montana Territory. What began as a trickle, became a rush and then a torrent as people from all over the United States and the world found cause to migrate. The discovery of gold and the promise of Indian land … More The West as Sanctuary for the Historic African American Community?

Why is there still so much public confusion about climate change?

  My dad has been a high school biology teacher for the last thirty years. He delights in educating his students about evolutionary theory by discussing the genetics of ear lobes, eye color, among other inheritable traits; he also enjoys helping them dissect small animals—mostly frogs and cats—in order to learn basic anatomy and physiology. … More Why is there still so much public confusion about climate change?

Jess Lee Brooks: A Black Western Actor in the Narrative of the American West

By Anthony Wood Jess Lee Brooks played quiet, competent, and understanding men in nearly a dozen Hollywood productions during the 1930s and 40s. As the sheriff in the all-black western, Two Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Brooks slowly entered the saloon where a murder had taken place. The deputies, bar keep, and the comic cook … More Jess Lee Brooks: A Black Western Actor in the Narrative of the American West

Superfund Me

by Jen Dunn The Animas River in Colorado before and after an EPA contractor accidentally breached a dam that led to a toxic spill. Image Credit: Lawrence University   In the second half of the twentieth century, the ramifications of our rampant, and often unregulated, industrialization dramatically materialized across the American landscape.  The citizens of … More Superfund Me