If You Go
Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 12:00PM
Where: Virtual

Phil Deloria is a social, cultural and political historian of the relations among American Indian peoples and the United States. Author of Playing Indian, and Indians in Unexpected Places.

Historians Imagine is a monthly webinar devoted to this dimension of the craft. Patty Limerick and Matthew Jacobson talk with path-breaking historians about the inventiveness and vision of their work, and about the more mysterious aspects of their practices—their imaginative spark and the virtues that lie beyond rigor and out of reach of your typical “how to” manual. These conversations will appeal to professional historians, to be sure, and might offer liberation from the academy’s constraints and the disciplining demands of convention. But they will equally engage anyone who is interested in how new stories are made from old materials, and how great storytellers and historical sleuths think to do what they do.

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board at CU Boulder’s Center of the American West. Matthew Frye Jacobson is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History at Yale. He is the author of seven books on race, politics, and culture in the United States.

Creativity seems to me to require the purposeful, intentional creation of conditions under which you can pose problems, and feel some uncertain confidence that the universe, or your own unconscious, or some other not-fully-understood thing will actually provide you with answers. There is a logic to it, and a mystery to it, both operational at the same time. In that sense, it’s not only about being creative as a scholar, but of living a certain kind of life.

Indian's in Unexpected Places Playing Indian


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