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Monty Python and History in Public

Stealing an idea from my good friend and colleague Tara Strauch, I have started sharing songs with my students in the moments before class begins this semester. These are in theory linked to the topic for that day, though not always. This past Friday for example, I was ready for the week to end and ...

#myworstgrade

John talks about a negative experience studying for his MA and what to learn from it.

Centre Trail Podcast 2: Starting a new class

John and Tara get together on Labor Day to reflect on the first week of the Fall Semester and talk about how we approach our students to start a term. Along the way we talk about specific approaches to early classes, a little bit of history of the Labor Day holiday, and the mythical medieval ...

Some Historical Context on North Korea

The problem of a nuclear North Korea is not a new one, but it has certainly attracted a large share of American public interest in the last few months, not least because of the rhetoric coming from the American side apparently intended to mirror, or at least counter, now traditional North Korean hyperbole describing or ...

Centre Trail Podcast 1: Hello and Welcome

John and Tara welcome you to the Centre Trail podcast, run by the History Program at Centre College. We chat a little bit about our broad hopes for this podcast and our website, www.centretrail.com. Along the way we talk about life at a small liberal arts college and the return to classes in the Fall.

Welcome

Welcome to Centre Trail, the online platform for the History Program at Centre College, a small and selective liberal arts college in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. We set up this website, and the weekly podcast that will accompany it, to fulfill a few different goals. Primarily, at least in broad terms, we feel strongly ...

We’re Back

We’re back. Or almost back. When we started Centre Trail, we deliberately kept our ideas for the platform fairly open: Tara is an Americanist, I am an East Asianist, and our program’s geographical scope is fairly broad for our modest size. We agreed from the beginning of our planning that we would include our experiences ...