Sarah Hertz


Engagement Editor


BA Hons U of Calgary; MPhil Renaissance Lit Cantab

About Me:

Sarah Hertz graduated with a Master's (MPhil) in Renaissance literature from the University of Cambridge (2013-14), where she completed a dissertation on seventeenth-century devotional reading practices under the supervision of Dr Jason Scott-Warren. From 2011-2013, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Calgary, designing a first-year digital humanities course and an algorithm to detect rhetorical figures in Shakespeare, under the direction of Dr Michael Ullyot. She is the Marketing Administrator for the University of Calgary Press, as well as the Engagement Editor for History To The Public. When she is not working, you can find her hiking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Follow her adventures @melancholicpoet.


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The Day Human Character Changed

On or about June 2016, human character changed, and I finally understood the meaning of postmodernism. When I emerged from the Underground at Tottenham Court Road, navigating the sea of black umbrellas towards the British Museum, I felt it. There was a hush, a heightened British reserve, as the men...


Celebrate Women’s History Month with HTTP

To celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, HTTP posters collaboratively consider why women’s history and Gender Studies are useful analytic tools for historians today and what challenges and opportunities the disciplines pose when communicating history to the public. Joan Scott and Judith Butler open up new modes of thinking...


What to do With an English Degree or Two

A few weeks ago, my undergraduate professor asked me to speak at a departmental event on what I had done with my English degrees. I had to laugh – for the past year and a half, I had done nothing remotely related. I had taken the classic detour from researcher...


Meet Your Big Brother, Google

A study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers reveals that the average adult looks at his or her phone 150 times a day. That’s roughly once every ten minutes, peaking at once every six seconds between 5 and 8 PM. That’s not including the time it takes to sleep, during...


What’s a Book Worth?

‘What’s A Book Worth’ a brainchild of Mathew Lyons is a campaign attempting to re-realisation the worth of books. The team at HTTP (History to the Public) decided to get involved as well because everyone on the team loves books. A discussion of what is a book worth occurred in our...


Digital Humanities: Bringing History to the Public

This article is the result of a conversation I had over Facebook messaging, in response to this HTTP article on digital humanities (DH). I have been living off campus in the so-called ‘real’ world for over a year now, having completed my MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of...