Current Events, Pedagogy

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?… Continue reading Centre Student Blogs

Uncategorized

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… Continue reading History Research Paper Series, Part Three: Faculty Support

Uncategorized

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… Continue reading JFK Assassination Conspiracies: Problematic or Interesting?

Uncategorized

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… Continue reading History Research Paper Series, Part Two: Reading and Research

Uncategorized

History Research Paper Series, Part One: Topic Exploration

As a liberal arts institution, Centre is well known for shaping well-rounded students with its broad-reaching curriculum. As a part of that experience, every student at Centre is expected to take a survey course in World or United States history, classes that typically require a research paper due at the end of the term. History… Continue reading History Research Paper Series, Part One: Topic Exploration

Current Events, Uncategorized

The Victorians Did WHAT?

When I was an undergrad one of the pervasive stories about Americans in the nineteenth century was that doctors used vibrators to cure women of "hysteria." It was an intoxicating historical assertion--those stodgy, chaste Victorians were also secretly using sex to treat women's mental health! Astonishing! Except, it probably isn't true. In a recent peer-reviewed… Continue reading The Victorians Did WHAT?