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 site is gaining a contributor; our very first intern, Payton Howard! We are excited to have her joining us as she learns some new skills and practices writing for the public.

On campus we are going to have some neat events starting with a Common Hour event next Thursday.  We meet periodically as a program to talk about a historical topic inspired by current events–we call it Past and Present–and for our first event this fall our own Dr. Sara Egge will lead us in an informal discussion on the history of citizenship and immigration in America.  If you are on campus we hope you will join us Thursday September 6th at 11:30 in Crounse 302.  If you aren’t on campus–look for a post and podcast on this topic soon!

Finally, we are excited to welcome 2 new historians to campus this fall.  Sami Sweis, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago and a Centre grad, joins us as a visiting instructor of Middle Eastern history and Dr. Drew Patrick, also a Centre grad, is our new Assistant Director for Experiential Learning in our Center for Teaching and Learning.  Welcome Professor Sweis and Dr. Patrick! We can’t wait to share your research and teaching with the Centre Trail world!

Can you smell that? It may be hot and humid here in central Kentucky today, but between the coffee and the smell of syllabi hot off the printer, I smell a hint of fall.

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