History Research Paper Series, Part One: Topic Exploration

As a liberal arts institution, Centre is well known for shaping well-rounded students with its broad-reaching curriculum. As a part of that experience, every student at Centre is expected to take a survey course in World or United States history, classes that typically require a research paper due at the end of the term. History ...

We’re Gonna Teach ‘Em How to Say Goodbye

This summer I saw Hamilton.  If you have been living under a rock somewhere and the genius of Lin Manuel Miranda has somehow escaped you, do a quick Google search.  I’ll wait. Much to my 6 year old’s dismay, I did not take him with me–I took my husband instead.  We didn’t get to sit ...

The truth, the whole truth and Marco Polo’s version of the truth

Marco! Polo! For years, I knew Marco Polo as so many others first come to know him, clearly an accomplished hider and seeker in medium sized swimming pools. In time I learned he was a Venetian trader who traveled the world, and only later learned the man was a rather shameless teller of tales if ...

Summer Research

Professors do not get summers off, at least not typically. Even at a teaching-focused institution like Centre College, research forms an important part of our professional lives, and given the strong focus on teaching the summer often presents the best opportunity to get some research done. As a direct result of that, I spent my ...

Welcome Back!

Students are lined up buying coffee before the 9:10 class period starts and I couldn’t sleep last night.  It must be the first day of the fall term! We are really excited to share our semester with you.  We have some exciting new changes and a lot of plans.  Our biggest change is that this ...

The Fall Approaches

Yet another blog post written with the hulking specter of all the blog posts I haven’t written this summer sitting behind me, rather pointedly not saying anything. Still, here we are, back again. I am excited about the autumn, with one of my favourite classes, “Creating the Orient”, making a comeback. Last time I taught ...

Chasing History: Industrialization and Sport

This past spring, I taught a class on Popular Sport & the Modern World, with a pretty wide brief… the basic outlines of the class held our discussions to the mid-nineteenth century and later, but we read and discussed topics from the emergence of association football in industrial England to segregation in American baseball to ...