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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… Continue reading Spoiling the Spoils of War

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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: benkling.com… Continue reading Smashing the Patriarchy on Valentine’s Day

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, courtesy of Coca-Cola and serendipity

When the creative team of Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez presented a pre-showing of  A Charlie Brown Christmas to a group of animators in 1965, the now-beloved episode was met with displeasure and uncertainty. It just wasn't working. The show's own creators doubted the final product--a rushed effort to convert a popular comic strip into a living,… Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas, courtesy of Coca-Cola and serendipity

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Centre Trail Podcast 20: Historical Fiction

John and Tara are coming to the end of a long semester, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon sat down to chat about a subject they both enjoy a great deal: historical fiction! In particular, we talk about why we like this genre of writing in our capacity as historians. When is there too much… Continue reading Centre Trail Podcast 20: Historical Fiction