About Erika Harlitz-Kern

Erika Harlitz-Kern is a historian and freelance writer with more than ten years of experience from teaching, writing, editing, and publishing. She has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Gothenburg, and is currently teaching ancient and pre-modern history at Florida International University. Dr. Harlitz-Kern's publishing credentials include The Washington Post, Ploughshares, Foreword Reviews, Book Riot, Quirk Books, and Scribd. She is featured as an expert on The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the NatGeo Channel.

I’m on The Daily Beast

On April 20, 2019, I published the following article on The Daily Beast.

Give the Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate.

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Photo: BBC.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Catch Me on the Season Premiere of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman

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In October last year I flew to the Czech Republic and worked on an episode of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. I spent a day at the Broumov Monastery, just south of the Czech-Polish border, filming an episode on the amazing medieval manuscript Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil’s Bible.

The episode I filmed has been chosen as the premiere episode of the third season of The Story of God by Morgan Freeman and will air on the NatGeo Channel on Tuesday March 5 9/8c. Check out the trailer for Season 3 and then set your DVR for Tuesday night (or be a little crazy, and do it old school, and actually sit down to watch the episode as it airs).

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Ancient Library of Alexandria

On February 4, 2019, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Ancient Library of Alexandria.

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Alexander the Great, part of a mosaic, c. 100 BCE, Pompeii, Italy.

In 334 BCE, Alexander the Great set out to conquer the world. On his conquests, Alexander brought with him historians and geographers to document and spread the word about the different societies and cultures they encountered as they fought their way from Macedonia and Greece in the west to India in the east.

After his untimely death in 323 BCE, Alexander’s conquests helped usher in an era in Ancient history named Hellenism. Hellenism is the result of Greek-Macedonian culture blending with the societies of North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India. It is defined by vibrant artistic expressions, expanded philosophical horizons, and a constant search for new knowledge. No other institution illustrates the spirit of Hellenism better than the ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt.

Here are ten things you need to know about the ancient library of Alexandria.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

I’m on Goodreads

Last year I took the plunge and joined Goodreads. I’ve been searching for a way to keep track of my readings as well as writing short reviews, since I’ve noticed that doing both of these things helps me retain what I read to a higher degree. I’ve tried keeping book journals, writing about books here on The Boomerang, tweeting about books I’ve read, but nothing seemed to work out in the long run.

I joined Goodreads in July last year, and so far, it seems to be working out well. If you’d like to follow me on Goodreads, you can find me there under my full name.

Here’s a sample of the books I’ve read and reviewed on Goodreads. Hopefully it will help you find some new books and authors to read. Either way, I hope you enjoy the reviews.

Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home.

Eric Idle, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. A Sortabiography.

Brian McClellan, Promise of Blood.

Aeschylus, Oresteia.

J.Y. Yang, The Black Tides of Heaven.

Eve MacDonald, Hannibal. A Hellenistic Life.

Myke Cole, The Queen of Crows.

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

TTR: Are We Really Global Citizens? Cosmopolitanism and Its Myths.

On September 18, 2018, fellow historian Vanesa Galindo Rodriguez and myself gave a talk at FIU’s Tuesday Times Roundtable on cosmopolitanism throughout the centuries and today. The Tuesday Times Roundtable is part of FIU’s Global Learning Initiative and is organized in co-operation with The New York Times.

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature

On September 17, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

Haruki-MurakamiJapanese author Haruki Murakami has asked to withdraw his nomination as one of the four finalists for The New Academy Prize in Literature, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to The New Academy’s press release, Murakami is…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond

On August 14, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond.

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Are we alone? Human beings have been searching for this answer arguably from the very beginning of our species. When science fiction came into its own as a genre around the turn of the 20th century, books about aliens and space exploration became an immediate genre staple. With the dawn of the Space Age in the 1950s, the urgency of the question of whether we are the only ones inhabiting this vast space only increased. The more we learn about our universe, the less we seem to know.

Here are books that we at Book Riot consider the 15 best alien books.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.