Distinguished Lecturers
Patricia Nelson Limerick

Patricia Nelson Limerick

Patty Limerick is a tenured Professor of History of the American West at UC Colorado Boulder. After years of work in the territory of Applied History, Patty is now the Director of the Applied History Initiative. She previously served as the the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder for 36 years. 
She is the author of Desert Passages: Encounters with the American Deserts (1985), The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (1987), Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West (2000), and A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water (2012). 
A frequent public speaker and a columnist for the Denver Post, Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts, and to making the case for humor as an essential asset of the humanities.
A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Hazel Barnes Prize (the University of Colorado’s highest award for teaching and research), she has served as president of OAH, the American Studies Association, the Western History Association, the Society of American Historians, as well as the vice president for teaching of the American Historical Association, and as the Colorado State Historian, and as a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board called the National Council on the Humanities, a position to which she was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

OAH Lectures by Patricia Nelson Limerick


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