Gehrz and Barr (eds.), Faith and History

Coming This December: A History Devotional

Congratulations to Drs. Gehrz and Poppinga, two of the contributors to Faith and History: A Devotional, due out this December from Baylor University Press, which describes the project this way: Join over forty Christian historians as they journey through the biblical and historical past, reading God’s word in light of the experiences of those made … Continue reading Coming This December: A History Devotional

The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21

To conclude our series of student essays on calling, from the conclusion to this spring's Intro to History course, we're happy to share the following reflections from Justin Haughton '21, who explains why a minor in History proved to be such a good complement to his major in Social Work. I don’t think anyone aspires to be … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21

The Calling of Historians: Meraiah Latty ’22

This week we're sharing a few essays from HIS290 Intro to History, which concluded with students reflecting on their calling in light of their interest in history. Today we're happy to hear from Meraiah Latty '22, who is planning to major in Philosophy and Digital Humanities, with a minor in History. History allows for many positive traits … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Meraiah Latty ’22

The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

Before we say farewell to a spring semester unlike any other, I'd like to share some student work from HIS290 Introduction to History. This year I had students conclude our gateway course by writing a thousand-word essay in response to this question: What does history have to do with your calling? After watching this interview … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

And the Best Historical Movie Is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HEZeFLqjCU Congratulations to 12 Years a Slave, winner of our tournament to determine the best historical film! It's just one more award for a film with a shelf full of them, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA for Best Film of 2013. If you're interested in learning more about the background of 12 Years a Slave, … Continue reading And the Best Historical Movie Is…

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

Modeling the Medieval Past with Sketchup

Prof. Goldberg's Intro to Digital Humanities students have been hard at work over the past few weeks creating digital 3D models of medieval cathedrals, basilicas, and castles. After spending a couple weeks studying these structures the "traditional" way - through a combination of lecture and primary sources - DH'ers dove in to learning how to … Continue reading Modeling the Medieval Past with Sketchup

Four of our initial nominees: Hidden Figures, 12 Years a Slave, Saving Private Ryan, and the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries

What’s the Best Historical Film?

Our department's gateway course, HIS290 Intro to History, is meant to introduce students to the academic discipline of history: how historians think about the past, ask questions of it, conduct research, interpret and revise their interpretations, write about the past, etc. But what we think of as history is just one way that people tell stories … Continue reading What’s the Best Historical Film?