Images of Summer 2022: Faculty

With new students arriving next week, the Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science is gearing up for a new year at Bethel University. Once we launch fall classes at the end of the month, you can expect to start seeing more content from us at this blog and on our Instagram and other social … Continue reading Images of Summer 2022: Faculty

How a Political Science Professor Helped Bethel Become a Four-Year College, 75 Years Ago

Last year Bethel University celebrated its 150th anniversary, dating back to its origins as a tiny Swedish Baptist seminary in Chicago. But arguably, 2022 marks an even more important anniversary for Bethel's development as a modern university: 75 years since Bethel became a four-year college. A little history here... In 1914 the Baptist seminary in … Continue reading How a Political Science Professor Helped Bethel Become a Four-Year College, 75 Years Ago

Bethel’s New Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence

We are pleased to introduce our very own Professor Sara Shady as the new Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence at Bethel University! Professor Shady recently took the time to share a bit about her newest position with us, and what that means for our department and the future of Bethel. What will your work as … Continue reading Bethel’s New Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence

Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

In addition to Prof. Bramsen's invocation yesterday morning, one other HiPPos professor spoke during this spring's Commencement ceremonies at Bethel: historian Chris Gehrz, who was asked to deliver the address at Friday night's Baccalaureate worship service for graduates and their families. The text for the evening was Colossians 3:12-17. Greetings to parents, grandparents, and families, … Continue reading Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

Commencement 2022: Prof. Bramsen’s Invocation

Earlier today twenty Bethel students received their degrees in History, Philosophy, Political Science, Digital Humanities, and related fields. And two of our professors spoke during the weekend's events. First, here's the opening reflection and prayer of invocation that political scientist Andy Bramsen shared at this morning's first Commencement ceremony. It starts with a story from … Continue reading Commencement 2022: Prof. Bramsen’s Invocation

Kevin Cragg

April 9: Memorial Service for Kevin Cragg

There will be a service celebrating the life of Dr. Kevin Cragg on Saturday, April 9, 11am (visitation at 10am) at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, MN. Professor of History at Bethel for over thirty years, Kevin died last December. In his obituary, his family remembers him for loving teaching and using stories to make … Continue reading April 9: Memorial Service for Kevin Cragg

Democracy in Ukraine and the Russian Invasion

Ruins in Chernihiv Oblast. State Emergency Service of Ukraine, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons This week, political science Professor Matt Kuchem kindly agreed to share his thoughts on democracy in Ukraine, and how that relates to the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe. Professor Kuchem has recently been involved in a project titled “Building … Continue reading Democracy in Ukraine and the Russian Invasion

New Lenten Devotional from the Bethel Faculty

The Christian season of Lent begins in two days, on Ash Wednesday, and if you're looking for devotional resources for those forty days, there's a free booklet available from Bethel with all sorts of connections to our department. A daily devotional for Lent and Holy Week featuring short biblical reflections and prayers by about four … Continue reading New Lenten Devotional from the Bethel Faculty

Photos of Stephen Chang and Austin Bleess

Alumni Roundtable: From Bethel to State and Local Government

In addition to hosting one-on-one interviews with HiPPos who have gone into careers like medicine and banking, we sometimes like to use this blog to convene groups of alumni to share their stories of career and calling. Having previously published roundtables on law, teaching, and graduate school, today we're delighted to share the first half … Continue reading Alumni Roundtable: From Bethel to State and Local Government