All posts by historiantara

History, Religion, and the Bladensburg Memorial Cross

Over the past few weeks, my American Religious History class has been grappling with the question “was America founded as a Christian nation?” We have thought about whether the founders envisioned a Christian country, why people have argued about this question for the past 200 years, and why it matters. The question is fascinating for ...

Smashing the Patriarchy on Valentine’s Day

If your Facebook feed looks anything like mine, you have seen A LOT of valentine memes this week.  I love this whole genre; the cute, weird, pun-filled images remind me of the popular cards made and bought throughout the Victorian period.  Years ago now I remember seeing the dictator card memes like this one: And ...

History Courses Spring 2019

Hey, all you Centre students! As registration is approaching I thought I would give y’all a quick roundup on our Spring course offerings: History Survey Classes: These courses have wide chronological and geographical coverage.  They are designed to introduce students to major events and ideas but they are also intended to expose students to how ...

Centre Student Blogs

I know this is hard to believe, but we here at Centre Trail aren’t the only student/faculty blogs on campus.  In fact, our friend Dr. Young over in the Chemistry program has her students writing really fascinating blog posts that discuss chemistry in our world at large.  Ever wondered if we need better, safer batteries? ...

The Victorians Did WHAT?

When I was an undergrad one of the pervasive stories about Americans in the nineteenth century was that doctors used vibrators to cure women of “hysteria.” It was an intoxicating historical assertion–those stodgy, chaste Victorians were also secretly using sex to treat women’s mental health! Astonishing! Except, it probably isn’t true. In a recent peer-reviewed ...

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 ...

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 ...