In Retrospect: The Race to Space

This photograph courtesy of nasa.org. This week, we’re venturing our back back into the Kennedy administration—if you haven’t read my blog post about JFK conspiracy theories, it is available here! Really, however, I suppose John Schlossberg would more likely approve of our topic, because instead of analyzing the ins and outs of that tragic day ...

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson, most well known for his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels to film, has made a documentary on the First World War as part of the centenary commemorations currently ongoing across the world. They Shall Not Grow Old features fascinating footage from the conflict, including footage of soldiers laughing, eating, ...

Centre Student Blogs

I know this is hard to believe, but we here at Centre Trail aren’t the only student/faculty blogs on campus.  In fact, our friend Dr. Young over in the Chemistry program has her students writing really fascinating blog posts that discuss chemistry in our world at large.  Ever wondered if we need better, safer batteries? ...

History Research Paper Series, Part Three: Faculty Support

On this final installment of the three part miniseries on the process and experience of tackling history research papers at Centre College (the other components of the series touch on topic exploration and the research process). This week, we’ll be touching on the importance of turning to your professor for support during the duration of the ...

Centre Trail Podcast 18: Off to the Wars Again!

John and Tara welcome Centre Trail’s new intern Payton, and Tara shares her research on a parody of the college catalog produced by Centre College students in 1854. Be ready for hilarious stories of one legged professors and the noble sport of turkey stealing. Off to the wars again!

JFK Assassination Conspiracies: Problematic or Interesting?

When Americans think of the presidency of John F. Kennedy, many focus on particular elements: his youth and charisma in debates and during speeches; the crisis averted in the Cuban Missile Crisis; or, perhaps most commonly, his tragic assassination during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. Photographs of the terrible day are widespread and ...

History Research Paper Series, Part Two: Reading and Research

This post serves as part two of our miniseries on the experience of tackling a history research paper at Centre. Last time (available here), I spoke to the process of choosing a research paper topic that best suits the writer. This time, we’ll discuss how this idea moves into research, and how the writer’s interests ...