Wednesday’s Webisode: History in Popular Culture

April 22, 2015
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Screen shot of Episode 11 of Past & Presence: Prof. Gehrz by the F. Scott Fitzgerald statue at the former site of St. Paul Academy

Students in Introduction to History are preparing presentations on how Americans outside of the academy make meaning of the past, so we thought we’d dedicate an episode to history in popular culture. Profs. Poppinga, Kooistra, and Gehrz talk about films, TV, video games, historical fiction, etc. — both how such media can inspire interest in the past and promote misunderstanding […]

Want to Skype with the Bethel History Department?

April 16, 2015
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Skype logo

For us historians and other academics, one of the most promising developments to come out of the digital revolution is the way that technological change is shrinking distances, making it possible to carry on conversations instantaneously even when hundreds or thousands of miles separate people. That’s certainly been a benefit of my adventures in blogging and podcasting, and a […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: History as Writing

April 15, 2015
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Screen shot of Tim Krueger in episode 10 of Past & Presence

A couple of themes run through episode 10 of Past & Presence. First, connections between history and writing. Our conversation this week considers history as a kind of literature — and also shares some advice for students seeking to improve their writing on different kinds of assignments. And our interview this week features an alumnus who has made […]

History Majors Win 1st and 3rd Place in 2015 Library Research Prize!

April 9, 2015
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The trophy for the BU Library Research Prize

Congratulations to Fletcher Warren ’15, winner of the 2015 Bethel University Library Research Prize for his Senior Seminar paper, “‘A Long Way from Minneapolis': Minnesotans in the Spanish Civil War.” And to Kelly Van Wyk ’15, winner of 3rd place in the same competition for “The Paneled Lives of Extraordinary Women: Comic Books, Superheroines, and American Women […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part II

April 8, 2015
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Screen shot of Langemark Cemetery in Belgium

This week Prof. Gehrz hosts Past & Presence from sites along the former Western Front, in Belgium and northern France. (This past January he and Prof. Mulberry brought a camera and microphone along on their World War I travel course. Look for one more episode this spring to feature European locales.) Also in episode nine… We conclude our […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part I

April 1, 2015
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Chris Gehrz at the Minnesota Korean War Memorial

On this week’s episode of Past & Presence, Profs. AnneMarie Kooistra and Chris Gehrz begin a two-part conversation about how Christians approach the discipline of history. In today’s half of that conversation, they take up historian George Marsden’s argument that Christians can and should “play by the rules” of the secular academy — that, in many respects, […]

Want to Be a History Department TA?

March 30, 2015
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Now that Bethel is past spring break, we’re all starting to look to the end of one school year… but also to the start of another. So in late April or early May, our faculty will be hiring teaching assistants (TAs) for 2015-16. Typically, each of our professors works with one or two TAs, and several of […]

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