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
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.
CentreTrail intern Colleen Coyle takes over the podcast, interviewing two of her favorite Spanish professors, Dr. Chantell Limerick and Dr. Laura Chinchilla about what role the topic of history plays in the Spanish classroom.
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.
John and Tara celebrate Opening Day in the United States by talking about the subject of John's book coming out this summer: baseball... in Taiwan! Come for tales of imperialism and cultural interaction across the Pacific, stay for slightly graphic accounts of intensive high school baseball training sessions.
This week we talk about Tara's latest publication, a book chapter about multiracial communities in antebellum Ohio. We discuss Quakerism and slavery in North America and the complexities of multiracial identities and communities in early nineteenth century Ohio.
Tara quizzes John on his class on medieval and early modern Japanese history, "Age of the Samurai." We discuss how the title relates to the content, the romanticization of the samurai and the historical context of Japanese ritual suicide.
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
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!
John and Tara talk about the tragic fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What does it mean to lose these records of human knowledge, and how do historians approach the reality of limitations to the knowledge we have collected? What are archives and how do historians use them? We talk broadly… Continue reading Centre Trail Podcast 17: Archives and Records of Human Knowledge