Coming July 18: Our Inaugural Social Studies Ed Workshop

July 6, 2014
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Next Friday morning, July 18, our department will welcome several alumni back to campus for what we hope is the first in an annual series of summer workshops on social studies education. From our faculty, Amy Poppinga (herself a former social studies teacher), AnneMarie Kooistra, and Chris Gehrz will share presentations on what’s happening in their fields. We’ll […]

Checking In on Bethel at War

July 1, 2014
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Cover of the July 1942 ("Victory Number") issue of Bethel's Bulletin

As some of you may recall, this spring Fletcher Warren (’15) and Prof. Chris Gehrz became our department’s first Edgren Scholars. They’re spending the summer collaborating on a digital history project: a website exploring how the people of Bethel have experienced the century of warfare extending from 1914 (the year World War I began and Bethel settled […]

Watch the Opening Titles to Our New Intro to History Webisodes!

June 3, 2014
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Last week Prof. Chris Gehrz wrote at his blog about starting to plan our new course HIS290 Introduction to History, which, starting this fall, will be required of History majors and minors. It won’t be offered until Spring 2015, but this summer he and Prof. Sam Mulberry are beginning to develop the online portion of this […]

To our 2014 Graduates: Continue Your Work!

June 1, 2014
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A few days before Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s death in October 1902, her friend Susan B. Anthony wrote her a letter. In the letter Anthony reflected that she and Stanton would not live to see the goal of women’s suffrage accomplished. We little dreamed when we began this contest, optimistic with hope and buoyancy of youth, […]

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The Endless Sea: Tom Keefe’s Speech to the Class of 2014

May 30, 2014
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Greg Bailey, "The Endless Sea"

Among our graduates last Saturday was Tom Keefe, who had the honor of speaking to his peers in the Bethel class of 2014. Tom was kind enough to let us publish his remarks. Good morning! My name is Tom Keefe. I am a senior at Bethel graduating with degrees in History and Social Studies Education (Gr. 5-12), and […]

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Highlights from Finals Week

May 22, 2014
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Students and faculty at our 2014 TA Appreciation Breakfast

We still have two days to go, but it’s been a busy finals week here in the Bethel History Department. On top of exams being taken and papers coming due, we’ve had several special events: Family, friends, and alumni joined faculty Monday night in enjoying excellent presentations by our eight spring Senior Seminar students. On Wednesday […]

Senior Seminar Presentations Tonight!

May 19, 2014
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1916 ad for Glacier National Park

We’re finally into finals week here at AC 2nd, and that means it’s time for another round of Senior Seminar presentations! Tonight (6-9pm, CC 430 – all are welcome) we’ll hear eight students reflect on their experiences conducting original research into a wide variety of topics. Coincidentally, all of the papers are set in the 20th and […]

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