Category Archives: Guest blogs

October 16

From the Desk of Connie Wanek: Hartley Field

Connie Wanek is the author of three books of poetry—Bonfire, Hartley Field, and On Speaking Terms—and the coeditor of the award-winning anthology To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-territorial Days to the Present. She has been a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and was named George Morrison Artist of the Year, an […]

October 11

From the Desk of Paula Whitacre: From Diary to Biography

The following contribution comes from Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, author of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose (Potomac Books, 2017). Whitacre is a professional writer and editor for organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Her book was recently featured in the Washington Post and she will […]

October 09

From the Desk of Richard C. Parks: Us vs. Them

The following contribution comes from Richard C. Parks, author of Medical Imperialism of French North Africa: Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (October 2017). Parks is an academic specialist in the history of science and medicine at Michigan State University.   “Us” vs. “Them”   I will begin with a confession. As a member of a class of […]

October 05

From the Desk of Rick Huhn: After the Streak

The following contribution comes from Rick Huhn, associate editor of Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians (Nebraska, 2014). Rick Huhn is also the author of The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball’s Forgotten Great and Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography.   After the Streak Let me state at the outset, I am a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan. During […]

September 28

From the Desk of Joy Schulz: Protesting the Flag in History

The following contribution comes from Joy Schulz, author of Hawaiian by Birth: Missionary Children, Bicultural Identity, and U. S. Colonialism in the Pacific (September 2017). Schulz is a member of the history faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. I grew up proudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with hand over heart every day in elementary school. As […]

September 27

From the Desk of Munene Mwaniki: Holding a Mirror to White Supremacy

The following is a contribution from Munene Franjo Mwaniki, author of The Black Migrant Athlete: Media, Race, and the Diaspora in Sports (September 2017). Mwaniki is an assistant professor of sociology at Western Carolina University.  When I started this project I had fears that the subject matter would become irrelevant before I could even publish my […]

September 26

Where in the West is Mark Spitzer?

Mark Spitzer loves fish and he loves to fish. As a nationally known author (Seasons of the Gar, Return of the Gar), writing about fish and their issues is what he does best. In this blog series, Spitzer shares his experiences traveling the American West while researching a select number of freshwater fish that are often […]

September 25

From the Desk of Bob Hall: National Comic Book Day

Bob Hall is a professional artist who has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics and drawn some of the most famous comic heroes of all time, including Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Captain America, and the Avengers.  “National Comic Book Day!” I knew that day would come. I’ve known it for the forty years I have worked […]

September 19

From the Desk of Jay Gallentine: The Wintry Days of Cassini

The following contribution comes from space historian Jay Gallentine. His book on the turbulent early days, Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Nebraska, 2014), won the 2009 Eugene M. Emme Award for astronautical literature. His new book Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969–1989 (Nebraska, 2016) examines our first intensive reconnaissance of the inner solar system. His […]

September 13

From the Desk of Dennis M. Spragg: Inside Glenn Miller Declassified

The following contribution comes from Dennis M. Spragg, author of Glenn Miller Declassified (September, 2017). Spragg is the senior consultant of the Glenn Miller Archive and the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado–Boulder. A veteran broadcasting and media research professional, he is an internationally known expert on Glenn Miller who has been featured in the PBS […]