Tag: Tara Strauch

Centre Trail Podcast 24: Relics and Memory

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.

Centre Trail Podcast 23: Baseball in Taiwan

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.

Centre Trail Podcast 22: Quakers and Multiracial Communities in Ohio

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.

History, Religion, and the Bladensburg Memorial Cross

Over the past few weeks, my American Religious History class has been grappling with the question “was America founded as a Christian nation?” We have thought about whether the founders envisioned a Christian country, why people have argued about this question for the past 200 years, and why it matters. The question is fascinating for ...

Centre Trail Podcast 21: Age of the Samurai

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.

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: And ...

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 ...