We hope everyone is staying safe! And staying safe right now means a lot of time indoors. A friend of mine at Whitworth University shared a list of songs she had put together on Spotify – a “playlist” if you will – and I thought this was such a great idea! I used to love… Continue reading Pandemic Playlists from the History Program!
We are back! This is our first post of 2020. As you may or may not know, we have an intensive CentreTerm here at Centre College every January, and as both Tara and I taught classes during this term, I am afraid that the website got an extra few weeks tacked on to its winter… Continue reading Hello Spring 2020!
John and Tara sit down to talk about Tara's research over the summer. She had two main projects: a book on American holidays written for a popular audience, and in-depth archival research on documents from Centre College's mid-nineteenth century history. She talks about what it is like to work on two projects, and the benefits… Continue reading Centre Trail Podcast 27: Studying Holidays and the Bhoys
Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping celebrated with a party: watching large tanks and other massive weapons trundle slowly past. The nature and technological level of those weapons has attracted some attention, something that is unlikely to terribly worry Xi; indeed, sharing… Continue reading Communist China turns 70
This is my first semester teaching as a tenured member of the faculty at Centre College. It felt odd, typing that. Now, some of you might be wondering what exactly this means, even if you have a rough, general sense of what “tenure” means in the academic context. Many people think of it as a… Continue reading Teaching and Tenure
We're back! John and Tara are back at Centre, though in truth we never left, or at least did not leave for long... John talks about his research trip to the Vatican and adventures in reading through documents in languages you are unable to read.
We’re back! Opening convo at Centre College was this past Sunday. We welcomed new colleagues, a new dean, and began the long good bye to our college president, John Roush, who has served at the college for over twenty years now. It brings the usual excitement - Tara was downright giddy on Monday - and… Continue reading Fall 2019 has arrived!
Hello everyone! We have come to the end of another academic year. There have been some difficult times and some great moments. Just over a week ago we said farewell to another group of wonderful students. Good luck, guys. The History Program here at Centre had a great year! Jonathan Earle’s book, Colonial Buganda and… Continue reading End of Year Notes
Our intern Colleen Coyle joins us this week to talk about relics and other objects and spaces that people like to commemorate, from a President's prosthetic leg to computerized renditions of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
We have been busy this spring around here, with lots of good and important work to do, but the preparatory work for future classes never really stops either. A few weeks ago I took a major step towards developing a new class for Centre Term in 2020. Centre Term, as a quick reminder, is our… Continue reading Doing New Things