Category: Pedagogy

We are Pain and What Cures Pain, Both

Below is a story from Tara’s CentreTerm Class on Alternate History.  Our author is Aarthi Vadhanam, a senior math major, who chose to think about the creation of the modern Middle East.  In this story, she imagines an Iran that was friendly with the United States and a major player in Middle Eastern politics.  She ...

“Founding Fathers”

Did you know that the phrase “founding fathers” wasn’t coined until 1916? It was then that Warren Harding used that wording in a speech to the Republican National Convention.  Somehow, I always find this a surprising fact.  Have Americans only thought about the revolutionary generations as father figures for a century? Americans before 1916 certainly ...

What If?

I’m teaching a Centre Term class on Counterfactual and Alternate history.  We spend our time asking “What if?” and reading short stories and articles that also ask this question.  By the end of the term, my students will write their own alt hist short story and a historian’s counterfactual argument. Asking “what if?” is a ...

Update on History and Video Games

CentreTerm keeps us busy here! We are working on updating you more regularly, but for now I thought I would give a little early update on how my class, History and Video Games, has been going. So far I am thrilled with the student work in keeping our site updated. You can visit the class ...

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The semester is ending…

It’s that time of year on college campuses, when we are all feeling the crunch. You may have noticed that our content has slowed down on the site a little recently. Well, it’s a mixture of being buried under grading and generally being ready for this to be over. There. I said it. I am ...

History through Biography*

This term, I’ve focused my upper-level colonial America course on biographies*.  Our books, with one exception, use a biographical lens to examine the time period.  In part, I chose to use biography because European colonists themselves were biographical people; interested in a narrative of who they were, how they came to be in this “new ...

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 ...