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 ...

Welcome

Welcome to Centre Trail, the online platform for the History Program at Centre College, a small and selective liberal arts college in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. We set up this website, and the weekly podcast that will accompany it, to fulfill a few different goals. Primarily, at least in broad terms, we feel strongly ...

We’re Back

We’re back. Or almost back. When we started Centre Trail, we deliberately kept our ideas for the platform fairly open: Tara is an Americanist, I am an East Asianist, and our program’s geographical scope is fairly broad for our modest size. We agreed from the beginning of our planning that we would include our experiences ...