Back to Class…

The last week of August makes it seem like we should still have a week of summer left, but today marks the beginning of another academic year at Bethel University. We were excited to meet a bunch of new History and Social Studies Ed majors last Friday during Welcome Week, and will have a welcome back BBQ sometime in September. Here’s what else is happening this fall:

Welcome, Amy Poppinga!

Proud Bethel College alum Amy Poppinga (’99) turned proud Bethel University professor Amy Poppinga is off to a busy start, with all three of her classes meeting today: HIS212U Introduction to the Muslim World, HIS320K History and the Human Environment, and GES130 Christianity and Western Culture. If you haven’t already, please be sure to pass along your greetings and congratulations to Amy! (And stop by and see the newly reconfigured AC 211.)

The Return of AnneMarie Kooistra

We’re also excited to welcome back our resident historian of prostitution, AnneMarie Kooistra, fresh off her spring sabbatical and a productive summer in which she joined scholars from around the country at Yale University for a prestigious seminar on slave narratives and joined other Western Humanities faculty and students in reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula (among other books). In addition to Humanities IV, she’ll be teaching courses at either end of the History curriculum: HIS200L American Civilization and HIS499 Senior Seminar.

New (and Returning) TAs

One of the distinctive features of History and other academic departments at Bethel is that undergraduates are employed at teaching assistants (TAs) by our professors. This semester we welcome a new cohort of TAs, almost all of whom will be undertaking such duties for the first time: Alissa Carsten, Sarah Herb, Tom Keefe, Gretchen Luhmann, Katie McEachern, Emily Mensch, and Matisse Murray.

Bethel History Folk at the Conference of Faith and History

The Conference on Faith and History (CFH) will be holding its biennial meeting this October 4-6 at Gordon College in Boston. Bethel will be well represented, as our own Prof. Chris Gehrz will present “You Can Go Home Again: Pietism at Bethel University since 1947” and alum Ben Wright (’05) of Rice University will read his paper, “Conversion, Benevolence, and Nationalism in the American Denominational Imagination.”


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