Olympic Roundup

In honor of our podcast coming out tomorrow, here are a few links to good reads about the olympics: Why are Jamaican runners so good? This article tackles some of the historical and cultural issues embedded in that question. Skis are more than 4,000 years old.  And according to this piece they have changed a ...

Centre Trail Podcast Twelve: When is a sport a sport, and what’s a Founding Father?

Tara and John get together as the spring semester at Centre College starts to get underway. John is teaching the history of modern popular sport, and he talks a little about how to define sports and what kind of interesting historical questions that activity raises. Tara revisits her blog post on Founding Fathers, and talks ...

“Founding Fathers”

Did you know that the phrase “founding fathers” wasn’t coined until 1916? It was then that Warren Harding used that wording in a speech to the Republican National Convention.  Somehow, I always find this a surprising fact.  Have Americans only thought about the revolutionary generations as father figures for a century? Americans before 1916 certainly ...

Centre Trail Podcast Episode Eleven: Sport and Slavery

Tara and John get together to discuss their upper division classes in the spring of 2018. Tara is teaching classes on the American Revolution and the history of American slavery, while John is teaching a class on popular sport in a modern, global context. The conversation moves on to some pedagogy pretty quickly: how do ...

Video Game Demo Day!

Hello there. I write from the depths of Centre Term. It is a fraught place. Everyone is tired. All we do is learn, at breakneck pace. The end is nigh. Actually I have been having a great time, though I will admit to being tired. Posts on our experiences this term are long overdue, but ...

Centre Trail Podcast Episode Ten: Steampunk and Talking to the Public

Tara and John get together to talk about the intensive term coming to an end. Warning: we are very tired in this episode! John talks about his recent op-ed in the “Made by History” blog in the Washington Post about American policy in East Asia, and Tara talks about the steampunk genre and its relationship ...

Centre Trail Podcast 9: Experimenting in Intensive Winter Terms

Tara and John return for our first podcast in 2018 to talk about how they utilize the intensive “CentreTerm” class as a platform for experimenting with topics and pedagogy. Tara discusses her brand new class on alternative histories and John discusses his class on history and video games, which he is teaching for the third ...

What If?

I’m teaching a Centre Term class on Counterfactual and Alternate history.  We spend our time asking “What if?” and reading short stories and articles that also ask this question.  By the end of the term, my students will write their own alt hist short story and a historian’s counterfactual argument. Asking “what if?” is a ...

Update on History and Video Games

CentreTerm keeps us busy here! We are working on updating you more regularly, but for now I thought I would give a little early update on how my class, History and Video Games, has been going. So far I am thrilled with the student work in keeping our site updated. You can visit the class ...

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We are back! CentreTerm begins…

We are back here at Centre Trail, just as we are back at Centre College. Tomorrow kicks off CentreTerm, a three week intensive period during which all Centre students on campus will take only one class and Centre faculty will each teach only one class. Students meet with their instructors for at least three hours ...