Category: Current Events

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 ...

The Showbox and Historical Memory in Seattle

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 ...

Olympic Roundup

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 ...

Standing Armies and Military Parades

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 ...

North Korea: How Did We Get Here?

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, ...

NFL Kneeling in Historical Context

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 ...

Why Columbus Day, Anyway?

If your facebook feed is anything like mine, you are seeing a number of memes about Columbus Day.  This is one of the more popular: And also: Both of which make me laugh and make good points about the age of European exploration.  There are a host of other memes about the holiday from the ...