Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping celebrated with a party: watching large tanks and other massive weapons trundle slowly past. The nature and technological level of those weapons has attracted some attention, something that is unlikely to terribly worry Xi; indeed, sharing… Continue reading Communist China turns 70
It's officially fall! A time of changing colors, brisk winds, and warm cups of coffee. Speaking of coffee, the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall would not feel the same if we did not have the Pumpkin Spice Latte. An American delicacy consisting of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and espresso, this drink is sure to get anyone in… Continue reading The Pumpkin Spice Latte: A History of Basicness
As a history major, I am constantly asked why I chose it. Is it because I want to be a teacher? Do I want to work in a museum? blah, blah, blah. Not that I don't think these are great career choices (I have considered both of them), but I feel that there many people… Continue reading Why be a History Major?
Hello history and non history lovers! My name is Maddie Huber, and I am the new intern for the Centre Trail website! I can't wait to show you what I have in store this semester but first, a little bit about me: I am a senior History and Spanish double major with a minor in… Continue reading A Little History about Me!
This is my first semester teaching as a tenured member of the faculty at Centre College. It felt odd, typing that. Now, some of you might be wondering what exactly this means, even if you have a rough, general sense of what “tenure” means in the academic context. Many people think of it as a… Continue reading Teaching and Tenure
We're back! John and Tara are back at Centre, though in truth we never left, or at least did not leave for long... John talks about his research trip to the Vatican and adventures in reading through documents in languages you are unable to read.
In 1819, Centre College was chartered in Kentucky. This year, we celebrate this institution's 200th anniversary. A celebration like this is no small feat. Few schools were founded west of the Appalachian Mountains before 1820; Centre, along with Transylvania, the University of Tennessee and Ohio University and a handful of other academies were among the… Continue reading After 200 Years
We’re back! Opening convo at Centre College was this past Sunday. We welcomed new colleagues, a new dean, and began the long good bye to our college president, John Roush, who has served at the college for over twenty years now. It brings the usual excitement - Tara was downright giddy on Monday - and… Continue reading Fall 2019 has arrived!
Hello everyone! We have come to the end of another academic year. There have been some difficult times and some great moments. Just over a week ago we said farewell to another group of wonderful students. Good luck, guys. The History Program here at Centre had a great year! Jonathan Earle’s book, Colonial Buganda and… Continue reading End of Year Notes
In my second ever history class, Dr. Jon Earle asked us to define a primary source and give some examples. We offered the typical response: letters, recordings, government documents, etc. He then asked us which primary sources existed that described our own lives At the time, this question bothered me. We weren't historically relevant people,… Continue reading A Personal Source Analysis