Which Moments Changed America?

June 5, 2015
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Victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy

Yesterday Time published a list of moments in the 20th century that “changed America,” as nominated by a group of twenty-five historians: “Many of those moments are easy to name: the assassinations, the invasions, the elections. Many are more subtle, their impact visible only in hindsight.” Click here to the read the full list, but here’s a […]

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Career Planning for History Majors

June 3, 2015
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Careers section in newspaper

Whether you’re just entering our department, just about to leave it, or anywhere in between those stages, check out a new series of blog posts from the American Historical Association: “What to Do with a BA in History.” The first post shared advice for recent graduates preparing to search for jobs. A sample: History is […]

Bethel Students Produce Digital Histories of the Cold War

June 1, 2015
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Tracing Hollywood's Cold War

This spring in HIS/POS305G The Cold War, Prof. Chris Gehrz gave his students the option of completing their research project through the production of digital history sites. While most of their peers opted for the more traditional 10-12 page research paper, seven students agreed to take a shot at telling digital histories of the Cold War, […]

Good Advice for Picking a Major: Don’t Be “Practical”

May 22, 2015
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There are a lot of reasons to choose a college major, but perhaps the worst is that it’s “practical.” Or so argues historian Cecilia Gaposchkin, who coordinates pre-major advising at Dartmouth University: …the premise of the “practical major” is corroding college intellectual life. As students flock to the two or three majors they see as good investments, […]

Watch the Bethel at War Library Presentation

May 19, 2015
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Screen shot from the video of Fletcher and Chris' talk

Last Thursday Prof. Chris Gehrz and Fletcher Warren ’15 gave the last Bethel Library presentation of the year, an update on their Edgren Scholars collaboration, Bethel at War, 1914-2014: Among other topics, Warren and Gehrz reflected on the innovative possibilities inherent in digital history but also explained why they ultimately returned to more traditional modes of scholarship as their […]

A Prayer for Our Students and Graduates

May 18, 2015
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Tonight marked the end of my first time teaching HIS290 Intro to History, our department’s new gateway course — required for History majors and minors, but also drawing some history-loving undecideds trying to figure out their next steps. For their final essay, students reflected on how their interest in the past and training as historians connects to […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: Careers and Vocation

May 13, 2015
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Screen shot from our Past & Presence road trip to Duluth

It’s the last week of classes at Bethel University, which means that today’s is the episode of Past & Presence for a while. But it’s a good one: AnneMarie and Amy Poppinga talk about calling and career (and why they’re not the same thing); we meet attorney Tony Barthel ’99; and Chris Gehrz takes a road trip to […]

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