All posts by Colleen J Coyle

The Destruction of Reconstruction: An Intro

By Zamirah Hussain **Editor’s Note: This is one of several posts commissioned by our Spring 2019 intern, Colleen Coyle. Zamirah Hussain is a junior American Studies major interested in the intersection of race, gender, and popular culture.** The Reconstruction era following the Civil War held an unusual amount of progress for women and African-American people. ...

Graduate School 101 for the Curious History Major

I’ve already written a little about the decision between taking a gap year and jumping straight into graduate school, but once you answer that question you still have to decide where you might want to go after the gap year. I’ll provide a couple of questions that you might want to think about when making ...

Why Every History Major Should Seriously Consider the Gap Year

So having just returned from the Latin American Studies conference in Austin, graduate school is on my mind. I am taking time after graduation to serve in the PeaceCorps and I have been thinking a lot about why I made that decision. In this article, I am going to explain why I believe a gap ...

Spoiling the Spoils of War

Centre’s recent defeat in the SAA men’s basketball championship has left me contemplating why we  love to stuff our glass cabinets with bits of shiny metal. What is it about things acquired through competition and sweat that makes our hearts swell with victory or crash with defeat? It isn’t just the collection of artifacts that ...

Introductions!

Greetings!   My name is Colleen Coyle and I am the new CentreTrail intern! I can’t wait to dig into some great historical topics with you all. I am a Senior History major here at Centre with minors in Latin American Studies and Spanish so you can look forward to my best efforts to share ...