We are now two weeks into emergency online teaching and I’m writing this from my closet if that tells you anything about my experience so far. I’ve had to accept that I look ridiculous when I record myself teaching, I can’t possibly grade things meaningfully while my children are in the same room as me… Continue reading Learning and Community
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… Continue reading History, Religion, and the Bladensburg Memorial Cross
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: benkling.com… Continue reading Smashing the Patriarchy on Valentine’s Day
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?… Continue reading Centre Student Blogs
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… Continue reading The Victorians Did WHAT?
The above photograph courtesy of Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3268357. Hello, all! I suppose I should briefly introduce myself before jumping into business. My name is Payton Howard, and I am the student intern for Centre Trail this semester! I am a junior at Centre with a History major and Creative Writing minor—I’m fascinated with… Continue reading The Showbox and Historical Memory in Seattle
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… Continue reading Olympic Roundup
The latest news cycle is full of reports concerning President Trump's desire to have a grand military parade in Washington D.C. The impetus behind this supposedly lies with the President's positive reaction to experiencing France's annual Bastille Day parade in person and a desire to recognize the service of the men and women of the… Continue reading Standing Armies and Military Parades
Last week, I visited DePaul University to participate in a panel sponsored by the DePaul History Department, “North Korea: How Did We Get Here?” This panel is part of a series of teach-ins the History Department has organized this semester to reach out to members of the DePaul community. I used to work at DePaul,… Continue reading North Korea: How Did We Get Here?
There have been a number of great pieces on the history of sport star activism in the wake of NFL player protests. I recognize that this is a very charged topic and I'm not here to tell you what to think. I do, however, think historical context can always help us understand our world. These… Continue reading NFL Kneeling in Historical Context