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Historian Life

Historian Life

By Sarah Kay Bierle
Join Sarah Kay Bierle for short chats about challenges of research, big ideas about history, and amusing incidents stemming from her research and writing about the American Civil War.

Season 1 starts in March 2021 and begins with a look at historical memory and the day-to-day challenges encountered while considering this topic.

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Heroines & History

Historian Life

Heroes & Memory
What Memory? This episode introduces the ideas of "History" - "Memory" - "Collective Memory" to lay a foundation for more discussion about heroes. Sarah uses a story about a recent camping to try to break down the history, memory, collective memory concepts and then shares a brief example from the more distant past, the Battle of New Market. 
April 24, 2021
Do We Need Heroes?
Do we need heroes? Well, they are a long-standing human tradition, going back to ancient times which suggestions there might be something deeply important to the concept. So...why do we need heroes? Perhaps they make us feel better about ourselves, and perhaps the concept of hero helps to reflect the changing values of individuals and society as they "make or break" their demigod heroes.
April 14, 2021
A List of Heroes?
As we're digging deeper into the concept of heroes, Sarah shares about how she made a "list of heroes" in her childhood and how thinking back to that moment is important for considering the rise and fall of heroes. We'll also explore definitions for the word "hero", laying the groundwork for future episodes. P.S. We know we missed a few weeks of posting in March, and we apologize. Sometimes, mental health and wellness is more important than the "next episode." Things are better now, and we look forward to resuming our weekly podcast schedule. Thank you.
April 07, 2021
Heroines & History
It's Women's History Month, so let's chat about the ladies of the past. Why aren't there so many "legendary" women? How can we strive to include women's stories into the conversation about history? Sarah Kay Bierle shares some examples, stories, and ideas in this new episode.
March 10, 2021
Does History Really Inspire?
Sarah Kay Bierle chats about her philosophy when approaching history, shares a couple of personal stories, and sets the stage for re-examining historical heroes, legends, myths, visual representations, and more in Season 1 of Historian Life Podcast! Visit to learn more
March 02, 2021