A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek. October 1, 2015
A Misplaced Massacre:
Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek
Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public
For more than 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 work of so-called Indian reformers, including Helen Hunt Jackson, writing late in the nineteenth century; to memorials erected in Colorado at the turn of the twentieth century and 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, McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University and recipient, in 2014, of the Bancroft Prize, will discuss the meaning and impact of the longstanding fight to shape and control memories of Sand Creek.
Ari Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, environmental history, Native American history, and America in the 1960s. He is the author, most recently, of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015), as well as 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), which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize. He is recipient of the Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award, the Avery O. Craven Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, and the Robert M. Utley Prize.
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 the book For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars.
This event is cosponsored by the Departments of American Indian Studies, American Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Anthropology, and History, and the Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality (RIGS) Initiative.