History, Religion, and the Bladensburg Memorial Cross

Over the past few weeks, my American Religious History class has been grappling with the question “was America founded as a Christian nation?” We have thought about whether the founders envisioned a Christian country, why people have argued about this question for the past 200 years, and why it matters. The question is fascinating for ...

Centre Trail Podcast 21: Age of the Samurai

Tara quizzes John on his class on medieval and early modern Japanese history, “Age of the Samurai.” We discuss how the title relates to the content, the romanticization of the samurai and the historical context of Japanese ritual suicide.

Spoiling the Spoils of War

Centre’s recent defeat in the SAA men’s basketball championship has left me contemplating why we  love to stuff our glass cabinets with bits of shiny metal. What is it about things acquired through competition and sweat that makes our hearts swell with victory or crash with defeat? It isn’t just the collection of artifacts that ...

Smashing the Patriarchy on Valentine’s Day

If your Facebook feed looks anything like mine, you have seen A LOT of valentine memes this week.  I love this whole genre; the cute, weird, pun-filled images remind me of the popular cards made and bought throughout the Victorian period.  Years ago now I remember seeing the dictator card memes like this one: And ...

Introductions!

Greetings!   My name is Colleen Coyle and I am the new CentreTrail intern! I can’t wait to dig into some great historical topics with you all. I am a Senior History major here at Centre with minors in Latin American Studies and Spanish so you can look forward to my best efforts to share ...

History-bots!

I am working on a new class for our intensive winter term here at Centre – you can see examples of previous classes I’ve taught during the term here and here – that will continue to encourage students to group together to create innovative history projects; more specifically, I want students to create history-bots! What ...

Farewell!

This photograph from dcvote.org. As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and I suppose this internship (and, in turn, this semester at Centre College) is no exception to that rule. It’s been a lot of fun writing on this platform, writing that usually involved falling into quaint research rabbit holes ...