Listen up, Austin! This Friday at noon, Ari Kelman will give a public lecture entitled “A Misplaced Massacre: Sand Creek in History and Memory” in Burdine 108. Kelman is the author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard UP, 2013). This lecture is sponsored by the American Studies Department, the Institute for Historical Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies, and we’d love to see you there!
The following comes to us from Kelman:
For nearly 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 controversial work of so-called Indian reformers, including Helen Hunt Jackson, writing late in the nineteenth century; to memorials erected in Colorado 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.