Pandemics and History

Check out the newest online project from our faculty! Hosted by Prof. Chris Gehrz, Pandemics and the Liberal Arts is a limited-run podcast series exploring the ways that academic disciplines in the liberal arts can help us understand and respond to public health crises like what we're experiencing right now with COVID-19. In future episodes, PLA will … Continue reading Pandemics and History

Course Previews: The Fog of War

Today's Fall 2020 preview is a bit different: what's below isn't a History course, but Prof. Gehrz's new section of an interdisciplinary gen ed course called Inquiry Seminar, in which a relatively small group of new Bethel students works with a professor to explore a topic and — through that inquiry — better understand the … Continue reading Course Previews: The Fog of War

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Course Previews: The Cold War

Today we continue our new series of Fall 2020 course previews with the first class that Prof. Gehrz added to our curriculum when he started at Bethel... HIS/POS305G The Cold War Days/Times: TR 12:15-1:30 in Fall 2020 Prerequisites: GES130 Christianity and Western Culture, GES160 Inquiry Seminar, and a Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course (or … Continue reading Course Previews: The Cold War

Gehrz & Pattie, The Pietist Option

Prof. Gehrz in Chapel on November 8th

Join us for Chapel next Friday (11/8), when our own Prof. Chris Gehrz will be the speaker. The author or editor of three books on Pietism, Prof. Gehrz will be talking about Bethel's roots in that Christian tradition, using the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24 to explain Pietist emphases on the Bible, personal experience … Continue reading Prof. Gehrz in Chapel on November 8th

Course Previews: History and Politics of Sports

Now that we're halfway through our fall semester, it's time for students to start making plans for their interim and spring class schedules. We'll start meeting with advisees next week, with November 5th the first night of registration. So whether you're a prospective student who's interested in what we teach, or a current student who's … Continue reading Course Previews: History and Politics of Sports

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A New Season of Bethel History Podcasts

Now that classes are all up and running for the fall, it's time to launch new seasons of our faculty podcasts! • First up is Bookish @ Bethel, in which Prof. AnneMarie Kooistra and her colleagues from the Humanities program talk through great works of literature. This week: the play Bacchae by Euripides. (And check out the Bookish blog, … Continue reading A New Season of Bethel History Podcasts

Introducing Inquiry Seminar

One of the newest courses in Bethel's general education curriculum is GES160 Inquiry Seminar (or "IQ"). Replacing the older College Writing and Introduction to Liberal Arts courses, IQ sections introduce first-year students to the liberal arts in the Christian tradition and help prepare them for research, speaking, and writing assignments in later courses. Taught by faculty from a variety of … Continue reading Introducing Inquiry Seminar

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Upcoming Library Talks: Debating Liberty and Thinking in Public

History students and alumni might be interested in two faculty talks coming up in the Bethel University Library's Prime Time series: • For American history and politics buffs... This Thursday morning (3/7, 11:15am) Political Science professor Mitchell Krumm will examine how Federalists and Anti-Federalists used the ideas of the French philosopher Montesquieu to articulate "dramatically … Continue reading Upcoming Library Talks: Debating Liberty and Thinking in Public

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Previewing a New Course: The History and Politics of Sports

I'm excited to meet new classes this week, but even as they get underway, I can't help but look ahead to Spring 2020 and a new course I'll be teaching with Political Science professor Chris Moore: HIS/POS252L History and Politics of Sports. As I explained last week at my own blog, I've wanted to create a … Continue reading Previewing a New Course: The History and Politics of Sports

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How You Can Hear Prof. Gehrz Talk about World War I — and Maybe Opera

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War on its famous Western Front. As part of the international commemoration of that event, the Minnesota Opera will be performing Silent Night, a dramatization of the 1914 Christmas Truce, at the Ordway Center — November 10-18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stOj2mp_oY8 As a preview event, … Continue reading How You Can Hear Prof. Gehrz Talk about World War I — and Maybe Opera