A Day with Isaac Shelby

This weekend, I had the honor of talking about Governor Isaac Shelby at the unveiling of a memorial at his burial site.  The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) have worked for a long time to put memorials at sites of importance to the Revolution and this was a particularly nice event. It is always ...

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 ...

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Centre Trail Podcast 4: Baseball and Natural Disasters

Tara and John talk a little baseball in this episode of the Centre Trail podcast, before Tara hits the road, if only for a few minutes, to visit our colleague Sara Egge for some historical context on how Americans experience and talk about natural disasters.

Historian Spotlight: Annette Gordon-Reed

I thought you all might enjoy a collection of articles and books centered around one person.  Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and is also on the faculty in the school of Arts and Sciences.  In 1997, she wrote Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and ...

Recommending a History Book

A good friend got in touch this week and asked me to recommend a book for a family member of his who is in a History book club. The idea was that his good friend the historian could recommend something really interesting. “They have done quite a bit of memoir recently so perhaps break away ...

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Centre Trail Podcast 3: Memory and History in the Classroom

Tara and John sit down to discuss memory in the classroom. We talk about personal memories of the September 11 attacks and relate it to our process in the classroom for creating connections to students. It raises a lot of interesting questions, not least of which the problem of historians’ need for distance from a ...

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 ...

DACA in the History Classroom

Stephen Dove is an Assistant Professor of History here at Centre College where he teaches Latin American history.  Thanks for sharing your classroom with us, Stephen! Korean pianists do not normally play a prominent role in my Latin American history courses, but this week that changed. I am the type of professor who views the ...

#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 ...