John and Tara sit down to talk about Tara's research over the summer. She had two main projects: a book on American holidays written for a popular audience, and in-depth archival research on documents from Centre College's mid-nineteenth century history. She talks about what it is like to work on two projects, and the benefits… Continue reading Centre Trail Podcast 27: Studying Holidays and the Bhoys
October is officially here! Time to break out those Halloween decorations and buy your costumes. And the best part? Handing out candy to all the eager children on Halloween. Trick or treating has become an integral identity of the holiday. But why? We already dress up in costumes and go to haunted houses. Where does… Continue reading Trick or Treating: A Halloween Tradition
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
When elite Kentuckians founded Centre in 1819 they were not starting the college in a vacuum. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, Centre was a part of white Americans "civilizing" the west as they expanded past the Appalachian mountains. I think 1819 is a hard year for Americans to wrap their heads around.… Continue reading 1819
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