The Art of Livetweeting

Let me begin by stating that while I have practiced this art I certainly haven’t perfected it. However, after serving as an official live-tweeter for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for American Historians, I thought I might offer some thoughts on how to live tweet – some mine, others drawn from fellow livetweeters.…… Continue reading The Art of Livetweeting

Community History and Public Memory

Yesterday afternoon I stood outside my parish church (ECUSA) with other residents of our town to witness the dedication of a plaque. The text of the plaque reads: With gratitude and repentance we honor the Enslaved People whose skills and labor helped build the Falls Church. It sits next to the plaque honoring the architect, James…… Continue reading Community History and Public Memory

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What Comes Next?

The popularity of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical is undeniable. It won a Grammy (Best Musical Theatre Album), will likely be nominated for (and win) multiple Tony Awards, and has been discussed by scholars and the popular press. It has been lauded and critiqued by scholars of history, theatre, and literature. But the popularity of…… Continue reading What Comes Next?

Writing Warm Ups

One of the challenges of working on a PhD while also working a full time job is the (self imposed) pressure to maximize your productivity during the time you have to write. In the last few days, I’ve been thinking about why it’s so hard for me to just sit down and write, and I realized…… Continue reading Writing Warm Ups

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Brief thoughts on Twitter

Today at noon I will be one of the panelists at a brownbag lunch session titled “Blogs, Writing Groups, Digital Classrooms, and More: Managing Your Academic Career in the Online Era” at the triennial meeting of the Southern Association of Women Historians. While our objective is to have more conversation than commentary, my part of the…… Continue reading Brief thoughts on Twitter


I like to say that I am a second-generation digital humanist. My father, George H. Brett II, became interested in computers in the late 1970s, helped the University of North Carolina system evaluate computers/operating systems, was the first sysadmin of the Humanities listserv, and worked for decades in what was then humanities computing. It was…… Continue reading Legacies