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Evoking History

Evoking History

By Benjamin Linzy
To quote Richard Carrier, "Historians are the memory cells of the metaphorical 'brain' that is the whole human race." In a time of "fake news" and the appropriation of facts for ideologic purposes, it is crucial for those of us who fulfill that role to engage with the public. Evoking History is a podcast where historians will discuss both their research and current events to preserve social memory.
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Forced Sterilization in Puerto Rico with Michael Carter
This week, Michael Carter returns to discuss his research on forced sterilization in Puerto Rico. We also discuss the reports of similar abuses over the last half of the twentieth century and today in ICE facilities. This is the final episode of our first season, so many thanks to Mr. Carter and all the other guests over the last year. Also, thank you for listening. Happy Holidays and we will see you in 2021. 
December 3, 2020
An Interview with Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Emily Dattilo
This week Emily Dattilo returns to talk about her new position as the Executive Director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society. We talk about the Society and their upcoming virtual exhibit on dollhouses. We also discuss the mystery of the Mount Prospect monkey coat! It is always a pleasure to catch up with Emily, check out her blog and the Mount Prospect Historical Society's website
November 24, 2020
Carceral Research and Outreach With Marisola Xhelili Cicaccio & Sterling Knox of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach
Hello, again this week my other duties prevented me from recording with a guest. But, instead of missing a release this week, I decided to share a conversation I had with two of my colleagues at the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach regarding the Center's carceral research. It is part of a new podcast series called CURTO Conversations that you can find wherever you listen to the Evoking History podcast. Enjoy, and I hope to be back to the regular format next week.  Marisola Xhelili Cicaccio – Carceral Studies Fellow Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach Sterling Knox – Carceral Studies Research Assistant Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach Benjamin Linzy - Senior Graduate Researcher Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach. For more information about CURTO, you can visit our website at Music for the CURTO Conversations podcast was provided by Ronald Johnson, AKA as ChocoGeek on Soundcloud.
November 17, 2020
Human Security, International Migration, Street Gangs, and Power Lifitng in El Salvador with Dr. Noelle Brigden
This week I am joined by Dr. Noelle Brigden, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. We discuss her research into boundaries imposed by nation-states, street gangs, and gated communities in urban El Salvador. We also discuss the project she started on the outskirts of San Salvador for Salvadoran youth through powerlifting instruction and a public gym in a marginalized neighborhood to improve public health indicators in an underserved community.
November 3, 2020
Dracula, Frankenstein, and other Gothic Tales with Wendy Fall
This week I am joined by Gothic Literature Ph.D. Candidate Wendy Fall to discuss the history and development of gothic literature. She speaks on the differences between horror and terror in Gothic lit and provides great insight into vampire and ghost stories' evolution. She can be found on Twitter @GothicUnbound and the web at  This episode's image is Frontispiece from a penny dreadful entitled "Kathleen: or, The Secret Marriage". Written by Thomas Peckett Prest in 1842, published in 80 serial parts. (The British Library)
October 27, 2020
Witches, Werewolves, and Vampires in the Medieval Imagination with Sarah Dunn
This week I am joined by Sarah Dunn who holds two Masters degrees in History and is an expert on European witch trials. We discuss the differences in witchcraft and sorcery and werewolf and vampire trials. An entertaining and holiday-appropriate talk. 
October 20, 2020
Sociology is Magic and Queerbilly Activism with Alana M. Anton
This week I am joined by Alana M. Anton Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Georgia State University. We discuss politics and youth LGBTQ activism. We also spend some time talking about the Supreme Court in the wake of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. You can follow Alana on Twitter @thelittlepecan and follow her work at 
October 13, 2020
Africanist Round Table
Thomas Bouril approached me with the idea to get the African Historians I had previously had on the podcast to do a roundtable. I liked the idea. So, Chase Barney, Alex Marino, Thomas, and Dr. David Pizzo join me to engage in a roundtable on various topics. From the impact of COVID on our research and institutions to Chinese investment in the African continent.
October 6, 2020
Shi‘ism, the Báb, Islamic Educational Traditions, and American Academia during a Pandemic with Dr. Zackery Heern
This week I am joined by the Chair of History and Associate Professor of Middle East, Islam, & World History at Idaho State University, Dr. Zackery Heern.  We discuss the evolution of Shi'ism and the Mahdism of The Báb. Dr. Heern also talks about his research into manners and the Islamic educational tradition, which then transitions into a discussion of his work as a department chair during the pandemic.
September 29, 2020
Southern Identity, Family, and Politics with Georgia General Assembly Candidate Angela Mayfield
This week I am joined by Angela Mayfield a former nonprofit administrator and communications specialist, running to represent House District 67 in the Georgia General Assembly. We have a rollicking conversation about Southern identity our families (Are we secretly cousins?). Tales of mountain feuds and job site cooking abound. Of course, we also discuss politics and the state of the Union. Come listen to a couple of Southerners chew the fat.  You can find Angela on Twitter @pinkrocktopus You can donate to her campaign here 
September 22, 2020
The Wehrmacht, the Holocaust, and the Janowska Concentration Camp with Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn
This week I am joined by Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn, Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. We discuss his career path that bridges the gaps between the public and academic history spheres. Dr. Beorn provides an excellent debunking of the "clean Wehrmacht" myth and goes into detail about his current project, a combination monograph digital history project on the Janowska Concentration Camp, an urban camp located in the city of Lviv. We also discuss how to frame historical questions/projects and the ethical issues that arise when doing digital history projects on topics like the Holocaust. You can find Dr. Beorn on Twitter @waitmanb Visit his website: 
September 15, 2020
The *Lost* Michel Carter Episode: Monuments, Srebrenica Massacre Anniversary, & the Optimism of July
This week I am releasing a talk with a genocide scholar, an adjunct history professor at Kean University, and friend Michael Carter that I had taped back in July near the anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre. Ostensibly, we got together to talk about the controversy surrounding the removal of monuments but we ventured into other topics in a free-flowing discussion. This was meant to be released back in August, hence the *lost* descriptor. Good conversation about the terrible subject matter. You kind find Michael on Twitter @DeckofCarter and his latest writing for Tropics of Meta is located here: 
September 8, 2020
Discussing the American Revolution, Marquette's Public Service Degree, & Unionization Efforts with Sam Harshner
This week I am joined by Ph.D. Candidate Sam Harshner to discuss his work in the public sector and his forthcoming dissertation focusing on the American Revolution in urban areas. We also discuss his role as the Program Director for the Public Service (PUBS) Master's Degree program here at Marquette and the efforts to unionize academic workers.  You can find more about PUBS here: 
September 1, 2020
Marquette's Humanities Without Walls Award with Maggie Nettesheim Hoffman, Dr. Douglas Woods, & Dr. Timothy McMahon
This week I am joined by three of my Marquette colleagues to discuss Marquette University's Klingler College of Arts and Sciences award of $1.3 Million as part of Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Andrew W. Mellow Foundation grant renewal. Through the renewal, Marquette is now one of 16 HWW consortium members. Marquette is the first university invited to join the consortium since its inception in 2014. Joining me in discussing this award and the work being done, as a result, are. Maggie Nettesheim Hoffman, Ph.D. Candidate in History and Associate Director of Career Diversity at Humanities Without Walls Consortium. Dr. Timothy McMahon, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Douglas Woods, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School. For more on Humanities Without Walls Consortium at Marquette, please visit.
August 25, 2020
Introducing the "Feminist Anthropology" journal with co-editors Dr. Dána-Ain Davis and Dr. Sameena Mulla
This week I am pleased to be joined by the co-editors of a new anthropology journal, Feminist Anthropology, which seeks to bring heterogeneous conceptions of feminism into critical scholarly conversation across a variety of disciplines and genealogies. They discuss the creation of the journal as well as the behind the scenes efforts that make a journal possible. They also give us a sneak preview of issue two coming out soon. Dr. Dána-Ain Davis is a Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the City University of New York (Queens College and the Graduate Center). Her work on reproductive justice is at the forefront of feminist interrogations about the biopolitics of race and class.  Her work on reproductive justice is at the forefront of feminist interrogations about the biopolitics of race and class. She is the author of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth (New York University Press, 2019), and her impressive publication record is a model of the intersection of feminist ethnography and activism. Dr. Sameena Mulla is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. She is the author of The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention (New York University Press, 2014) and the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology honoring her dedication to public anthropology.
August 18, 2020
The Spanish Civil War with the host of "The Iberian Knot Podcast" Seth Reeves
This week I am joined by fellow podcaster Seth Reeves to discuss his excellent podcast on the Spanish Civil War, "The Iberian Knot." We discuss what drew him to this project, his background, and of course, The Spanish Civil War itself. A great conversation about history and the art of podcasting. For more information about Seth's work you can look on the Facebook page: and his website
August 11, 2020
The History of Black-led Collective Resistance to Over Policing in Milwaukee with Will Tchakirides
This week, I am joined by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee history Ph.D. candidate Will Tchakirides to discuss his forthcoming dissertation, “Policing Exceptionalism: Race, Law Enforcement, and the Black-led Struggle for Accountability in Milwaukee.” Will details how a series of Progressive-era laws that empowered police independence from civilian oversight created a narrative of 'policing exceptionalism' that reinforced anti-Black policing and helped create a carceral crisis in the state of Wisconsin.  He also talks about his training and experience as a public historian, including his work on the 50th-anniversary commemoration of the March on Milwaukee. We even briefly tease my dissertation towards the end. A fascinating conversation with one of the emerging scholars of carceral history. You can find out more about the March on Milwaukee here: and You can keep up with Will at his website. or by following him on Twitter @willtchak
August 4, 2020
White Supremacist Activity and the Antifascist Movement Known as "Antifa" with Dr. Stanislav Vysotsky
This week I am joined by Dr. Stanislav Vysotsky Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater to discuss his forthcoming book "American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism." Dr. Vysotsky and I discuss his experiences with rightwing infiltrators to the Punk music scene and the history and tactics of the various anti-fascist movements that are collectively known as Antifa. We also talk about the rise of white supremacist/nationalist movements in the last few years—a timely discourse on the extremism of the moment. You can preorder Dr. Vysotsky's book here:
July 28, 2020
Indigenous Florida at the Nexus of Native American, Atlantic, Animal, and Environmental History with Jason Herbert
This week I am joined by the University of Minnesota Ph.D. Candidate Jason Herbert. We spend the first few minutes discussing our mutual home state Kentucky then settle into discussing Jason's forthcoming dissertation on the introduction of cattle into colonial-era Florida. As you can tell by the title of this episode, Jason's work sits at the nexus of several historiographies. We also discuss his experience teaching secondary school and his new job as an ethnographer for The Seminole Tribe of Florida. Finally, we discuss the origins of the international Twitter phenomenon that is #HATM. The Historians at the Movies community Jason developed roughly two years ago. A jam-packed episode, hope you enjoy it.  You can find Jason on Twitter @HerbertHistory For more on Historians at the Movies check out the #HATM on Twitter or go to the website
July 21, 2020
German Romantic Nationalism and the ideological evolution of National Socialism with Michael Adams
This week I am joined by Mississippi State University Ph.D. candidate Michael Adams. Michael is an intellectual historian who studies the intellectual roots of Nazi Germany’s attempted colonization of Eastern Europe and the concentration camp system. We talk about how German Romantic Nationalism evolved into the ruinous ideology of National Socialism. We also discuss the links between colonialism and the German conquest of Eastern Europe. A fascinating discussion.
July 14, 2020
Civil Defense Planning and the Cold War in Appalachia With Tristan Williams
This week I am joined by West Virginia University Ph.D. student Tristan Williams. We discuss her transition from studying psychology to the discipline of history, and how that impacts her research. Speaking of her research, Tristan discusses both the anxieties surrounding the potential of mutually assured destruction and disparities in civil defense planning in the Appalachian region. She tells us how the COVID19 Epidemic has impacted both West Virginia and her studies. We also briefly talk about the reflection of the Cold War in popular culture and cryptids. A very fun wide-ranging conversation.  You can find Tristan on Twitter @the_T_inHistory and you can find her Podcast Mountain Mamas + One Dude here:
July 7, 2020
Iran and the Arab World in the Making of the Global Sixties as part of the Global Cold War with Arash Azizi
This week I am joined by Arash Azizi, a Ph.D. Candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies. We discuss his forthcoming dissertation looking at the role that both Iran and the Arab World had in constructing the Global Cold War. Arash also talks about socialist and Islamist movements during the Global Sixties and beyond. We also touch on his work with IranWire, growing up in Iran in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War, and, finally, his pending first book: The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, The US and Iran's Global Ambitions.  Arash provided a fun and informative hour that went by too quickly.  You can find Arash on Twitter @arash_tehran For Arash's work with IranWire look here: For information on, or to pre-order his book look here:
June 30, 2020
Competing Conceptions of Childhood in Colonial Kenya with Thomas Bouril
This week I am joined by Syracuse University Ph.D. candidate Thomas Bouril to discuss his forthcoming dissertation. Thomas studies how the colonial state, missionaries, and the Kikuyu community fought over who qualified as children and how society should treat children throughout the colonial period. We also discuss the realities of doing doctoral research in a time of the COVID19 pandemic, and a myriad of other topics. A fun conversation, Thomas can occasionally be found on Twitter @ThomasBouril 
June 23, 2020
Teaching History in Public Schools, 19th Century Californian History, and Teaching during an Epidemic with Ambar Rodriquez
This week I am joined by one of my colleagues from Marquette University's History graduate program, Ambar Rodriquez. Ambar is currently teaching high school in California and I wanted to have her on to discuss both her experiences as an educator and what it was like teaching during the COVID19 Epidemic. We also discussed her research into Californian History. To find out more information about decolonizing your curriculum. Please visit, Decolonize your Curriculum on Facebook @thelitcircle 
June 16, 2020
Angola's Cold War: Independence, and the the role of Africa in America's Space Race with Alex Marino
This week I am joined by the University of Arkansas Ph.D. candidate Alex Marino to discuss his forthcoming dissertation, “Space, Race, and the Cold War in Africa: The United States and Portuguese Angola.” We discuss American intervention in Angola in 1975-1976, during which the Central Intelligence Agency, Zaire, and South Africa were defeated by Angolan communists led by Cuba and the Soviet Union—giving specific attention to Holden Roberto and Jonas Savimbi. Alex also reveals how the Space Race influenced US Foreign Policy towards Angola individually and Southern Africa as a region. You can find Alex on Twitter at @Alex_J_Marino 
June 8, 2020
Paragraph 175, the Holocaust, and American Militaries legal policy in the American Zone of Occupation 1945-47 with Michele Weber
This week I am joined by Marquette University Ph.D. Candidate Michele Weber to talk about her research into how the American Military continued to enforce the punishments towards homosexual victims of the Holocaust in the American zone of Occupation from 1945-47. We discuss the establishment of Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code & US and German attitudes towards homosexuality prior and post 1933. Michele addresses the two major German movements (Hirschfeld & Radszuweit) that advocated for homosexual rights from the end of the 1890s until June 30th, 1934--the infamous Night of the Long Knives. She then provides two specific examples of arrests of men by the Nazis for homosexual behavior that were subsequently prosecuted by the United States military after Occupation. 
June 2, 2020
The Portuguese Sefarad with the Host of JLTV's "Air, Land & Sea" Brad Pomerance
This week I am joined by JLTV's Brad Pomerance to discuss the history of Sephardic Jews, specifically those of Portugal from the "golden era" through the years of the Portuguese Inquisition.  Brad also talks about his travels and his family's experience during the Holocaust. An enlightening conversation.  You can follow Brad on Twitter @bradpomerance. You can find JLTV @JewishLifeTV.  For more information on Brad's global travel show "Air, Land & Sea" visit If, like me, you want to someday visit Portugal after listing to Brad talk about it (Once international travel is a thing again) check out the Visit Portugal website:
May 26, 2020
Indigenous History and Colonialism in Early America with Dr. Bryan Rindfleisch
This week I am joined by Dr. Bryan Rindfleisch, an Assistant Professor of History at Marquette University who specializes in Early (Colonial) American, Native American, and Atlantic World history. We discuss his education and training as well as his new book, George Galphin's Intimate Empire: The Creek Indians, Family, and Colonialism in Early America available from the University of Alabama Press. We also discuss the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW). After the recording, Dr. Rindfleisch also gave a recommendation for an indigenous podcast, the All My Relations podcast  You can find his book:,7100.aspx More on GLIFWC: More on CSVANW:
May 19, 2020
A Conversation on Archaeology & Pre-Columbian Civilization with Nick Machinski of "A History of the Inca" Podcast
This week I am joined by the University of Michigan alumnus Nick Machinski. Nick is the man behind the A History of the Inca podcast, a deep dive into the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. We talk about his education and experience in archaeology and how he became a podcaster. You can find more information about the Inca on Nick's website, and you can follow him on Twitter @Incapodcast a fun episode. Check it out!
May 12, 2020
A Conversation on the History of Sexology, Pornography, and Knowledge Construction in Archives with Historian and Archivist Brian M. Watson
This week I am joined by Brian M. Watson to discuss the history of Sexology. Brian is an Archivist-Historian for the Consensual Non-Monogamies taskforce of the American Psychological Association. They also work as a graduate assistant at the Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections. We discuss their first book, "Annals of Pornographie: How Porn Became Bad" along with current projects and Brian's thoughts on Foucault. A fun episode I hope you will enjoy. You can find Brian on Twitter @Brimwats and follow along with their website . Brian's book can be found here:
May 5, 2020
A Conversation on the Troubles, Museuems, and Public History with Dr. Katie McClurkin
This week I am joined by Dr. Katie McClurkin to discuss her research into Irish History, specifically that of the Troubles. Dr. McClukin talks to us about constructing a museum exhibit and gives us some details of her work on the "Troubles and Beyond Gallery" exhibit for the Ulster Museum.  You can find Katie on Twitter at @k_mcclurkin, here is a link to her blog entry about working on the exhibit here: the Ulster Museum's website here and you can follow the museum @UlsterMuseum 
April 28, 2020
A conversation on Nazis in Global History, with Dr. David Pizzo
This week, we are joined again by Murray State University Professor of History, Dr. David Pizzo (@pizzohistorian) to discuss his forthcoming chapter in  "After the Imperialist Imagination: Two Decades of Research on Global Germanies and Its Legacies." Due out this Summer from Oxford-Peter Lang Publishing. In addition to his chapter, Dr. Pizzo served as a co-editor on this volume with Sara Pugach and Adam Blackler. A truly interesting conversation that also touches on COVID-19 at the date of recording. I hope you enjoy.
April 21, 2020
American Racial Violence, Otto von Guerick, and Conveying History thorugh Comic Books with Thomas Mauer
This week I am joined by Thomas Mauer. Thomas attended Otto-von-Guericke University at Magdeburg, where he earned a double Masters' degree in English and Early Modern History. He also participated in Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst's (DAAD) Amerikanistik exchange program, studying race relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's history department during the 2001 Academic Year. We talk about both his research into lynching and racial violence in the Carolina's and his thesis on Otto von Guerick, a lawyer, diplomat, and politician engaged in natural sciences during the Thirty Years War.  Thomas also works as a letterer, designer, art director, and editor for a wide variety of comic book publishers, and we discuss the use of the comic medium to tell historically informed stories. You can find more of Thomas's work on his website You can also find two jobs, Thomas lettered  Living Level 3: Iraq and Living Level 3: South Sudan by Joshua Dysart, Alberto Ponticelli & Pat Masioni for The United Nation's World Food Programme below.
April 14, 2020
Museums and Public History with "The Walking Anachronism"'s Emily Dattilo
This week, I am joined by Naper Settlement's Museum Educator Emily Dattilo. Emily was in my Master's cohort at Marquette University where she spent a significant amount of time working on public history. We talk about both her past work in a variety of museums and her current responsibilities at the Naper Settlement. Emily also talks about her experience blogging at (also on Facebook As historians, we also briefly record responses to the COVID-19 condition at the time of recording (March 19, 2020) before Emily gives us her advice on how people can get into the public history field. Check out her work, and thank you for listening to the Evoking History podcast. 
April 7, 2020
The Evolution of a Dissertation topic, Education and African American Girl in Baltimore with Lisa Lamson
This week, I am joined by my friend and colleague Ph.D. Candidate in American History Lisa Lamson. We talk about how her dissertation topic has evolved since she got to Marquette University. The history of Baltimore and how an education system for African American girls developed in the city. We also discuss whether Baltimore is southern, and how regionality can be fluid. A great talk, even if she does slander the good name of Sweet Tea. A fascinating conversation I hope you will join us for.  Image citation: Citation! "The 15th Amendment." reduced version of Kelly's large print "The Fifteenth Amendment, Celebrated May 19th, 1870" (no. 1870-4), Published in American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1870-5. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA DIGITAL ID: (color film copy transparency) cph 3g02399
March 31, 2020
(Mis)Adventures Traveling the Glode & Banned Books with Cartoonist and Author Ryan Estrada
This week I am joined by the artist and co-author of the forthcoming graphic novel Banned Book Club (due to be released May 6th from Iron Circus Comics), Ryan Estrada. Ryan and I talk about the fascinating story of Banned Book Club about his wife and co-author Kim Hyun Sook's experience in a banned book club during South Korea's Fifth Republic in the 1980s. We also talk about his experiences as a world traveler--experiences that include being thrown from a train--and the South Korean response to COVID-19 (as of the recording of this episode on March 11, 2020). An interesting talk with an interesting man. You can find out more about Ryan, his travels, and his work on his website. Be on the lookout for Banned Book Club By Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, Hyung-Ju Ko (Illustrator) on May 6th. 
March 24, 2020
Ireland, Soccer, and Identity Formation with Abigail Bernhardt
This week I am joined by Marquette University Ph.D. candidate Abigail Bernhardt to discuss her forthcoming dissertation, "On Sides: Reading Irish National Identities through Soccer, 1920-1998." Abby uses soccer as a lens for understanding the political and social evolution of Ireland in the twentieth century and goes into detail about a series of riots that occurred at soccer matches in Derry & Belfast. We also discuss St. Patrick's Day, academic conferences, and her experience in the Three Minute Thesis competition.  Join us for a rollicking conversation. You can find Abby @playingwfiber on Twitter and Instagram.  You can follow the podcast @EvokingH on Twitter.
March 17, 2020
A Social History of Colonial Transformation in Zimbabwe with Chase Barney
This week I am joined by the University of Arkansas Ph.D. candidate & Sturgis International Fellow Chase Barney. We discuss how he became interested in African history and about his dissertation looking into the social history of urban areas in Zimbabwe, specifically the Nation's capital Harare. Our conversation touches on the post-World War II recruitment of the British to Zimbabwe and the relationship of the former Southern Rhodesia with its regional neighbors. Join us for a talk about an often-overlooked region of the African continent. You can find Chase @chasebarney on twitter and you can find more information about the Mid-American Alliance for African Studies on twitter @MAAASnews or via their website You can follow Evoking History @EvokingH
March 10, 2020
Ethnobotany, Food, Folklore, and the love of books with Megan O'Sullivan
This week I am joined by Megan O'Sullivan, a graduate student in the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk about folklore and her interest in the intersection of ethnobotany, food, & folklore, specifically, as it relates to the Gullah Culture. We then make our way into discussing our experiences at bookstores and our take on marginalia. You can find her on Twitter @PoseySessions, and you can follow Evoking History @EvokingH
March 3, 2020
Genocide, Eugenics, and a Historical Origin Story with Michael E Carter
This week I am joined by Keane University Adjunct Professor Michael E. Carter. Michael holds an MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and focuses on genocides in the Americas. We talk about how he came to study this topic and have a far-ranging conversation about the history of genocide and its continuing global legacy. You can find Michael on Twitter @DeckofCarter and his American Génocidaires Project on Patreon at  As always, give us a listen and remember that History Matters. 
February 25, 2020
Gilded Age & Progressive Era Critiques of Philanthropism and Career Diversity with Maggie Nettesheim Hoffman
This week I am joined by Marquette University History Ph.D. candidate Maggie Nettesheim Hoffman to discuss her forthcoming dissertation on how critiques of American Philanthropism. Specifically the national critique of philanthropic organizations out of the United States Commission on Industrial Relations (also known as the Walsh Commission). Maggie then speaks to us about her role as Marquette's On-Site Director of the Humanities Without Walls Consortium and Program Coordinator for the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities and Graduate School to discuss the importance of career diversity for graduate students and offer advice on how to prepare oneself for the diversifying job market.  You can find Maggie on Twitter at @HoffmannMaggie  Humanities Without Walls at @HWW_Consortium The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities at @MUHumanities and Marquette Universities Graduate School at @MUGradSchool As a note, Maggie has informed me that  the female commissioner  was Florence Harriman
February 18, 2020
Guaraní Indigeneity and Nationalism in Paraguay and Argentina with Eric Griffin
This week I am joined by the University of Miami Ph.D. student Eric Griffin to discuss his forthcoming dissertation on how Paraguay and Argentina both used indigeneity as a foundation for nationalism in the wake of the War of the Triple Alliance. We also talk about doctoral qualifying exam prep and philosophies of teaching courses in Latin American history. You can find Eric online at and you can follow the podcast on twitter @EvokingH
February 11, 2020
Japanese History, The Civil War in Pennsylvania, and writing historically based fiction with Dr. Nyri Bakkalian
This week it was my pleasure to speak with Dr. Nyri Bakkalian (@riversidewings) about her training in Japanese history, some of the often-overlooked regional specifics of the American Civil War in Pennsylvania, and the role transmen played in the conflict. Dr. Bakkalian also goes into great detail about her upcoming novel Grey Dawn which will be coming out later this year. You can find more info at her twitter listed above or on her website. or Instagram
February 4, 2020
Nazi perversion of Germanic Folklore with Laura Guebert
This week I am joined by Indiana University graduate student Laura Guebert (@Guebert26_InMi) to discuss her term paper on how the National Socialist German Workers’ Party became highly adept at utilizing folklore and cultural memory to shape identity and morality within the German populace during the 1930s and 40s. We also discuss the importance of libraries and roles historians can take outside of academia. You can find me @bendangerously on Twitter and follow the podcast @evokingH. Thank you for your support. 
January 28, 2020
Russian Peasants, Horses, and Soviet Collectivization with Lanna Demers
This week I am joined by Lanna Demers (@lanna_del_shay) to discuss the horse in Soviet history. A fascinating conversation that intertwines animal studies and late Imperial Russian early Soviet history. 
January 21, 2020
The American Civil War's Western Theater with Trae Wiscarver
Benjamin is back from the holiday break to talk about American history with Ph.D. Candidate Trae Wisecarver. We talk about the Lost Cause, the Civil War in Arkansas, teaching American history, the founding fathers, and finally Wrestle Kingdom. You can find Trae on Twitter @outlawredux or his website You should also check out his Outlaw History podcast wherever you listen.
January 9, 2020
The KaiserReich in Africa with Dr. David Pizzo
Murray State University Professor of History Dr. David Pizzo joins us for this debut episode to discuss German colonialism. The conversation includes a discourse on the concept of colonialism, genocide, and a rebuttal of "The case for colonialism" author Dr. Bruce Gilley's December 11th 2019 speech before the German Bundestag.  You can find Dr. Pizzo's book here "To Devour the Land of Mkwawa": Colonial Violence and the German-Hehe War in East Africa c. 1884-1914 Follow Dr. Pizzo on Twitter @PizzoHistorian  Follow host Benjamin Linzy on Twitter @Bendangerously Follow the Podcast on Twitter @EvokingH
December 18, 2019
An Introduction
Welcome to the Evoking History Podcast! A place where your host, Ph.D. Candidate in History Benjamin Linzy will discuss with other historians both their work and current events. 
December 3, 2019