Sorry for the radio silence these last few days–I’ve been on the road, in the air, and on the ground at Michigan State University to give a talk about my current research project and to discuss my book with a class here. (More news–including a podcast!–coming soon.) I’m always happy to visit what we in Colorado call the East: it’s a beautiful spring here, with lovely green grass and flowers bursting open everywhere I look. The accomodations are far from spartan–in fact, they and the hospitality here have been downright stately. And who wouldn’t love to visit a university campus with its own dairy and retail store?
The former Michigan Agricultural College has a lot in common with Baa Ram U., which was originally called Colorado Agricultural College (“for Eighth Grade graduates!”) Our Deans and Provosts like to call MSU a “peer institution,” but from my perspective in the History department, that’s ridiculous: MSU’s history department has 54 faculty members, 100 graduate students, and a Ph.D. program. They also get pre-tenure leave. We got nothin’ compared to that.
They also have the fabulous CIC-AISC (American Indian Studies Consortium), under the direction of Professor Susan Sleeper-Smith, which has generously sponsored my visit here. Next up for the AISC is the Eleventh Annual CIC-American Indian Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, which will be held on April 22-24, 2010. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Benjamin Ramirez-shkwegnaabi. It’s too late to apply to this year’s conference, but those of you who are doing Indian history should put it on your calendars for next year. But, others of you in the Northwest Territory who are interested in Indian history or ethnohistory might want to drop by for day or two, so you can find a detailed conference schedule, deadlines, the call for papers, information about conference awards, travel, registration and lodging, and related conference links, on the AISP website.
See ya tomorrow, friends, after I’ve returned to the ranch, provided that I don’t feel too much like I was rode hard and put away wet. We’ll see!