Limerick: Join my Task Force on the Future Well-Being of the Nation

“Normal it will not be,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said this week, giving us an unexpected opportunity to hear what Yoda would say if asked to share his vision of the post-pandemic world. Normal it certainly is not in mid-April of 2020. With so many Americans worried and anxious, the nation unites in a shared…

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Limerick: Lessons from my viral confinement nearly two decades ago

In the summer of 2002, I went viral. A medical professional at the Boulder Medical Center acted with alacrity and outfitted me with a mask, instructing me to leave via the fire escape to avoid endangering anyone I might pass in the building. Having come down with adult chicken pox, I was under orders to…

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Patty Limerick and the untold stories of the American West

Patty Limerick’s early interest in the history of the American West was in the stories untold — the stories about the people that she had known as a child who were so integral to the West, but were rarely found on the pages of a book. It’s what has guided her work as a leading…

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Limerick: Don’t Drain the West’s History of Dignity and Meaning

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump did me a favor. Thanks to the president and his speechwriters, my long-awaited occasion — to speak out in defense of the settlers of the American West — has now arrived. “The American Nation,” Trump said, “was carved out of the vast frontier by…

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Limerick: Fulfilling my oath as I depart the National Council on the Humanities

Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a speech Patty Limerick gave at a public meeting of the National Council of the Humanities on Dec. 6, 2019. I am the faculty director and chair of the board of an organization called the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where the…

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