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Ep 19: History WHAT?! The Thanksgiving Story You Didn’t Get in School with Dr. Shelby Balik: Part 2

 

Today, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie continue their discussion with Dr. Shelby Balik, History Professor. We discuss how women exerted their influence before they even had the right to vote, and Dr. Balik offers her insights as to how history informs our understanding of our current politics.

Shelby M. Balik is an associate professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, specializing in early American history and American religious history. She holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin. She has published in the Journal of Social History, the New England Quarterly, and the Journal of Church and State, among others. She is the author of Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014) and is currently researching a book on household religious practice in eighteenth-century North America.

Ep 18: History WHAT?! The Thanksgiving Story You Didn’t Get in School with Dr. Shelby Balik: Part I

 

Today, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie talk to Dr. Shelby Balik, History Professor, about the things we get wrong about the Thanksgiving story–from the story of Plymouth over that of Jamestown to the “fetishization” of Pocahontas, you won’t want to miss this interview!

Shelby M. Balik is an associate professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, specializing in early American history and American religious history. She holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin. She has published in the Journal of Social History, the New England Quarterly, and the Journal of Church and State, among others. She is the author of Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014) and is currently researching a book on household religious practice in eighteenth-century North America.

Upcoming Guest: Nicole Nietzel, Architectural Historian

Nicole Nietzel is an architectural historian from Massachusetts. Nicole earned her BA in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University and her MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. The majority of her research projects focus on topics related to tourism such as twentieth-century postcards, Newport, Rhode Island and ocean liners.

Nicole fell in love with studying ocean liners at just seven years old, when a classmate told her about the history of the RMS Titanic (BEFORE the movie came out, for the record!). She continued to expand her study of ocean liners throughout her life, first as a child, then as an academic, and most recently as a professional. Nicole spent ten months scouring the Queen Mary, cataloging her architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, and other furnishings to provide preservation recommendations and an assessment of her current condition. As an ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel located in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary presents a unique and fascinating set of preservation challenges, and her features often blur the lines between architecture and furniture. Nicole met these challenges head on, creating a database of the ship’s features in the majority of the ship’s accessible spaces.

Nicole’s other notable professional experiences from the preservation field include: a research internship working on the Peabody Essex Museum and V&A’s current exhibit Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style; tour guiding at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; analyzing a collection of historic postcards for her masters thesis and various other curatorial and archival related projects. In her free time Nicole enjoys knitting, going for walks, attending concerts, watching too much TV and doing even more historical research.