Brenden Rensink is one of Utah’s brightest and most digitally savvy young historians. A true scholar at heart; he understand nonetheless how and why scholarly products–studies, books, presentations, etc.–need to make their way into the everyday life and interests of the general public.
An historian of the North American West (borderlands, indigenous peoples, public history, and Western wilderness and the environment), Rensink earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He spent his early life in the Pacific Northwest. He is Associate Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.
Rensink first describes the main argument of his award winning book: Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands (Texas A&M University, 2018), noting what he learned can also relate to Utah, regarding its Indian tribes, and its immigrants and refugees.
Next he describes the Charles Redd Center’s “Intermountain Histories (IH),” a free mobile app and website that provides interpretive history about Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. IH is GIS based, and offers succinctly written historical narratives with tours, photos, videos, etc.
Rensink also explains the beginnings of, why his podcast’s is named “Writing” a play on “Riding” Westward, then offers a few examples of podcast guests, including Leah Sottile, who produced the NPR podcast “Bundyville,” a seven-part series chronicling Nevada’s Bundy (Cliven and Ammon) family.
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