A History Major, Plus… Military Service

In recent years, Bethel has increasingly been recognized as a good option for students who are in the military, or veterans of it. For example, this year the Department of Veterans Affairs again designated Bethel as a "Yellow Ribbon" school, which allows veterans to use their G.I. Bill benefits to attend the university for little … Continue reading A History Major, Plus… Military Service

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Why We Teach

Last night Bethel hosted the premiere of Prof. Sam Mulberry's documentary film, Why We Teach, featuring interviews with fifteen recipients of Bethel's Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching (including Prof. Chris Gehrz). If you couldn't be there, the full film is now available to stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k87e9aEahbk Filmed and edited over the course of Prof. Mulberry's spring sabbatical, Why … Continue reading Why We Teach

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Learn More about Our January 2019 World War I Trip to Europe

Interim 2018 is barely in our rear view mirror, but it's time to start thinking about January 2019... when Prof. Mulberry and I will take our fourth group of Bethel students to Europe for the travel course HIS230L World War I! Here's the course description: An experiential study of the history of the First World War built … Continue reading Learn More about Our January 2019 World War I Trip to Europe

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Prof. Gehrz on Memorial Day

For some historical and theological reflections on Memorial Day, Christianity Today this year turned to our own Chris Gehrz, who teaches courses on World War I and World War II and has written extensively about commemoration. On one hand, Prof. Gehrz emphasized that "every day is a memorial day for Christians, heirs of Moses’ exhortation to the assembly of … Continue reading Prof. Gehrz on Memorial Day

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The WWII Film Festival

This afternoon in HIS231L World War II: the first of a two-part film festival, as student groups presented ten-minute documentaries about topics from the war. Today we learned about everything from the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland to the German atomic weapons program, Hitler Youth, and attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler in July … Continue reading The WWII Film Festival

Bethel and World War II (A Short Film by Our Students)

For the final project in his new course HIS231L World War II, Prof. Chris Gehrz had his students work in groups of two, three, or four to produce 7-10 minute documentary films. Groups could pick any topic related to the history of the war, so long as their research took them beyond what was normally covered … Continue reading Bethel and World War II (A Short Film by Our Students)

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Want to Learn More about World War II with Our New WWII Class?

Are you a current or prospective student or a Bethel alum who's interested in the history of the Second World War? You're welcome to join Prof. Chris Gehrz and the students in his new course, HIS231L World War II, as they participate in some out-of-class activities this January. First, a set of three off-campus activities; … Continue reading Want to Learn More about World War II with Our New WWII Class?

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Interim and Spring Course Previews: World War II

Prof. Chris Gehrz has been promising students a class on the Second World War since he came to Bethel in 2003. In January, he'll finally follow through with the second of four new courses we're rolling out in Interim and Spring 2014. HIS231L World War II What are some of the big themes of your … Continue reading Interim and Spring Course Previews: World War II

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World War II Events This Fall

If you're a World War II buff, the Twin Cities has an event for you almost every week this fall. (And then 2014 will kick off at Bethel with the premiere of Prof. Chris Gehrz's new J-term course on WWII. Stay tuned for details...) First, the Ramsey County Library is offering an array of programs … Continue reading World War II Events This Fall