#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 ...

Labor Day and the Private College

Happy Labor Day! My colleagues and I are celebrating…..at work.  Like many private colleges and universities, Centre is open on Labor Day.  Some people are surprised to discover that institutions like ours aren’t closed because it is a national holiday. Labor Day IS a national holiday, but that doesn’t mean that private companies or college ...

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 ...

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Confederate Monument Round-Up

I told my students on Monday that it feels strange that the people and things I study have suddenly become so relevant.  Two years ago in my Civil War class we talked at length about confederate memorials and while my students were interested (I think), they did not see the continued existence of such monuments ...

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.

The First Day!

Yes, I needed that exclamation point.  I ran into a student last week who asked when the first day of school stop being exciting.  I told her I’d let her know if I ever found out, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet. The first day of class, however, is hard for professors.  Students tend to ...