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
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…
This week in Intro to History, we're talking about history as a form of literature. Wanting to point students to some of my favorite writing historians, I started with Jill Lepore, the Harvard professor who also writes regular essays for The New Yorker. ("All historians are coroners," she began a 2019 piece on inheriting a … Continue reading Jill Lepore on History
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?
This morning marks the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester at Bethel. What's happening this spring in the History Department? • Dr. Poppinga is taking a well-earned sabbatical, as Dr. Kooistra returns from her fall away from Bethel. • We have our largest enrollments ever in both Intro to History (30 students joining Dr. Magnuson) and Intro to … Continue reading What’s Happening This Spring in Bethel’s History Department?
Since we revised our major and minor four years ago, our new gateway course — HIS290 Intro to History — has been a site of hands-on learning, helping students to apply traditional historical methods in a digital age. As taught now by Prof. Diana Magnuson, Intro to History has students work extensively with digitized primary sources — e.g., taking … Continue reading Inside Intro to History
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 … Continue reading A Prayer for Our Students and Graduates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUdkJbU6100 Students in Introduction to History are preparing presentations on how Americans outside of the academy make meaning of the past, so we thought we'd dedicate an episode to history in popular culture. Profs. Poppinga, Kooistra, and Gehrz talk about films, TV, video games, historical fiction, etc. — both how such media can inspire interest in the past and promote … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: History in Popular Culture
For us historians and other academics, one of the most promising developments to come out of the digital revolution is the way that technological change is shrinking distances, making it possible to carry on conversations instantaneously even when hundreds or thousands of miles separate people. That's certainly been a benefit of my adventures in blogging and podcasting, and a … Continue reading Want to Skype with the Bethel History Department?
Now available on YouTube: episode 3 of Past & Presence, our department webisode series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awWriVMx1dI A clear theme runs through this episode: it's hosted from locations in the Bethel University Library, features cameos by two of our librarians (one a former student of our department), and includes an alum interview with Kevin McGrew '88, director of … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Secondary and Tertiary Sources