Tag: Tara Strauch

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Centre Trail Podcast 8: Homecoming!

We hand things over pretty quickly to some alumni from our program! We recently had homecoming at Centre and at a History program coffee get-together we had some lovely conversations with people roaming the earth with Centre College degrees in History. We wish we could have recorded everyone, but we do have great chats here ...

NFL Kneeling in Historical Context

There have been a number of great pieces on the history of sport star activism in the wake of NFL player protests.  I recognize that this is a very charged topic and I’m not here to tell you what to think.  I do, however, think historical context can always help us understand our world.  These ...

Centre Trail Podcast 7: Columbus Day and Marching Season

John and Tara got together before Fall Break and all the wild times that entails (eh…. grading, actually) to talk about Columbus Day and Northern Ireland’s Marching Season. What kind of factors motivate people to commemorate certain events or people, and why do we choose to use public space to do it?

Why Columbus Day, Anyway?

If your facebook feed is anything like mine, you are seeing a number of memes about Columbus Day.  This is one of the more popular: And also: Both of which make me laugh and make good points about the age of European exploration.  There are a host of other memes about the holiday from the ...

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Centre Trail Podcast 6: Colson Whitehead visits campus, the spring beckons

John and Tara get together to talk about author Colson Whitehead’s visit to Centre’s campus this past week and why his award-winning novel The Underground Railroad is so interesting as a contribution to wider historical discussion, our preparation for the semester to come, and some historical context for discussion of the Second Amendment to the ...

Past and Present: Public Monuments

Last week the Centre College History Program hosted the first of three events this autumn featuring members of our program and colleagues invited from other programs to discuss large historical questions with our students. We chose as our first topic the question of what roles public monuments play in society and how different communities have ...

A Day with Isaac Shelby

This weekend, I had the honor of talking about Governor Isaac Shelby at the unveiling of a memorial at his burial site.  The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) have worked for a long time to put memorials at sites of importance to the Revolution and this was a particularly nice event. It is always ...

Historian Spotlight: Annette Gordon-Reed

I thought you all might enjoy a collection of articles and books centered around one person.  Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and is also on the faculty in the school of Arts and Sciences.  In 1997, she wrote Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and ...

Labor Day and the Private College

Happy Labor Day! My colleagues and I are celebrating…..at work.  Like many private colleges and universities, Centre is open on Labor Day.  Some people are surprised to discover that institutions like ours aren’t closed because it is a national holiday. Labor Day IS a national holiday, but that doesn’t mean that private companies or college ...

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Confederate Monument Round-Up

I told my students on Monday that it feels strange that the people and things I study have suddenly become so relevant.  Two years ago in my Civil War class we talked at length about confederate memorials and while my students were interested (I think), they did not see the continued existence of such monuments ...