Category Archives: Guest blogs

June 19

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 […]

June 14

From the Desk of Joshua Jacobson: Singing through Ancient Text

The following contribution comes from Joshua Jacobson, author of Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second, Expanded Edition: The Art of Cantillation (June 2017). I’ve been chanting Torah since I was a tweenager, in fact, long before the term “tweenager” was coined. Even before my bar mitzvah. And I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder, feeling […]

May 23

From the Desk of Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal: Politics and Media Practices

The following is a contribution from Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal, author of Indigenous Media and Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Bolivia (July 2017). Zamorano Villarreal is a professor-researcher at El Colegio de Michoacán, Centro de Estudios Antropológicos in Zamora, Michoacán, México. She is the coeditor of De frente al perfil: Retratos raciales de Frederick Starr, a book in Spanish on […]

May 19

From the Desk of Jerri Bell: Women’s History in the Military

The following is a contribution from Jerri Bell, co-editor of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan (July 2017). Bell is a retired naval officer and the managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Below she writes about what Armed Forces Day means for her as a […]

May 17

From the Desks of Curtis Hinsley and David Wilcox: A Confrontation of Understanding

The following contribution is from Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox, editors of Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World’s Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (Nebraska, 2016). Hinsley is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of History and Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University. Wilcox is the former head of the anthropology department at the Museum of Northern […]

May 02

From the Desk of Steven J. Hantzis: Writing Rails of War

The following contribution comes from Steven J. Hantzis, author of Rails of War: Supplying the Americans and Their Allies in China-Burma-India (May 2017). Steven Hantzis is the son of James Harry Hantzis, former staff sergeant of the World War II 721st Railway Operating Battalion. A retired Grand Lodge representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Steven Hantzis worked twelve […]

May 01

From the desk of Amy Forss: A Triple Scoop of Mildred D. Brown

The following is a post from Amy Helene Forss, author of Black Print with a White Carnation Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989 (Nebraska, 2014). Forss has a PhD in African American history and teaches at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been blogging about her experience turning her book into […]

April 19

From the Desk of Louis A. Del Monte: United States’ ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ and Other Nanoweapons

The following contribution comes from Louis A. Del Monte, author of Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity (April 2017). Del Monte is an award-winning physicist and speaker and is the chief executive officer of Del Monte and Associates, Inc. During his thirty-year career as a physicist and business executive at IBM and Honeywell, he led the development of microelectronics and sensors […]

April 12

From the desk of Jennifer Ring: Not Softball

Jennifer Ring is a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball and A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball (Nebraska, 2015).  “It’s a great age for girls to be excited about baseball!” proclaimed Tamara Holmes, […]

April 11

From the Desk of Steve Steinberg: My Search for Shocker

The following contribution is from Steve Steinberg, a baseball historian and coauthor with Lyle Spatz of The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees (Nebraska, 2015), research award winner from the Society for American Baseball Research, and 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York […]