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TV and Other Media Interviews

Juneau filming BBC2 Michael Perillo and Diana Parsell

Filming in Juneau for BBC2, with Michael Portillo (Photo: Bruce Parsell)

March 30, 2022: Interviewed for World Radio podcast hosted by Jenny Rough

July 29, 2018: Interviewed in Juneau for BBC2’s “Great American Railroad Journeys”

March 29, 2018: Consultant to scriptwriter Dan Stashower for National Geographic Live! staged reading of Eliza Scidmore’s work

March 18, 2017: Appeared in Japan TBS network’s “Mystery Hunter” cherry blossom program

February 2017: Interviewed for National Geographic online article

March 30, 2013: Interviewed by Japan’s NHK for evening news segment on my Scidmore research in Japan

March 13, 2012: Interviewed about Scidmore for Washington Post article by Michael Ruane

Speaking Events

Parsell lecture Gustavus flyerApril 7, 2021: Gave virtual presentation on Scidmore for Washington Walks

March 27, 2021: Presented virtual talk on Scidmore and D.C.’s cherry trees to English Conversation Group in Japan

July 31 and Aug. 1, 2018: Gave public lecture on Scidmore and briefed park rangers at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

April 17, 2018: Presented 90-minute teleconference briefing on Scidmore for seasonal staff at Glacier Bay National Park

March 1, 2017: Luncheon speaker for Ikebana International event in Alexandria, Va.

April 2, 2015: Gave talk on Scidmore’s reporting career to D.C chapter of Journalism & Women’s Symposium (JAWS)

April 4, 2014: Met with D.C. Lab School teacher Mollie Walnum and her students studying Scidmore in their Discovery Club

Diana Parsell with Cherry Blossom Princesses in Tokyo, March 2013

With cherry blossom princesses at Parliamentary Museum in Tokyo, April 2013

Feb. 20, 2014: Luncheon speaker for Washington-Tokyo Women’s Club, in Arlington, Va.

April 10, 2013: Spoke on Scidmore’s ties to Japan at Japan Cherry Blossom Association, at Parliamentary Museum in Tokyo

April 7, 2013: Addressed Eliza Scidmore Cherry Blossom Society at annual gravesite memorial service in Yokohama, Japan

March 7, 2013: Presented research findings on Scidmore to Women’s History Discussion Group at Library of Congress

Oct. 19, 2012: Panel presenter at 39th D.C. Historical Studies Conference in Washington

June 30, 2012: Read excerpt of book-in-progress at New Mercury author series in Baltimore, Md.

Published Articles

October 2020: Wrote photo essay on Scidmore’s views of Japan [published in French], GEO Magazine

April 3, 2018: Wrote page on Scidmore for Sierra Club’s John Muir website

Jan. 16, 2018: Authored article on Scidmore for National Geographic News Blog (originally published on  March 26, 2012; updated in 2018)

March 28, 2012: Guest contributor to Ken Ackerman’s Viral History Blog


BIO Hazel Rowley Award winner 2017

Receiving BIO Hazel Rowley Award from Gayle Feldman at BIO 2017 conference in Boston (Photo: James McGrath Morris)

May 2017: Received Hazel Rowley Prize from Biographers International (BIO) for best proposal for first biography

July 2012: Received Mayborn Fellowship in Biography, sponsored by University of North Texas and prize-winning biographer James McGrath Morris



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