Hippo Student Favorites: Pop Culture

Last month we introduced you to the Hippo faculty and some of their favorite things. This month: time to meet some of our students, about twenty of whom took time to fill out a survey for us in late July. As with the profs, we'll start with pop culture... What are your three favorite movies … Continue reading Hippo Student Favorites: Pop Culture

Posters of Black Panther, Empire Strikes Back, All the President's Men, and Big Lebowski

Hippo Faculty Favorites: Movies and Music

Last week we announced that History, Philosophy, and Political Science were merging into a single Bethel department, already starting to be known by the acronym "Hippo." Whether you've been reading CC 4th for several years in its guise as a History blog or you're a Philosophy or Political Science alum or student just discovering it, … Continue reading Hippo Faculty Favorites: Movies and Music

And the Winner of This Year’s Historical Film Tournament Is…

Each of four finalists got at least 10% of the first-place votes, but in the end our Best Historical Film tournament for 2021 came down to a close race between a gripping TV miniseries about a nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union and Steven Spielberg's unforgettable story of death and life in the Holocaust. In … Continue reading And the Winner of This Year’s Historical Film Tournament Is…

Vote in the 2021 Best Historical Film Tournament

For the second year in a row, I'd like to invite readers of CC 4th to help the students in Intro to History determine the best historical film or TV series! We inaugurated this tournament last year, in the middle of our pandemic-necessitated shift online. We're back in person this spring, but the tradition continues... … Continue reading Vote in the 2021 Best Historical Film Tournament

Covers of Empire of Wealth, How to Be an Antiracist, and Berlin Noir

What We Read (and Watched) on Our Summer Vacations

Summer vacation is far off in our rearview mirrors now, but before those memories fade, we thought we'd share some of what your faculty did on their breaks. First up, what we read and watched: What's the most interesting book you read that's related to your academic field(s)? AnneMarie Kooistra: To prepare to teach our … Continue reading What We Read (and Watched) on Our Summer Vacations

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…

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?

Save the Date: UK Election Watch Party on December 12th

On Thursday, December 12, Britons will vote in the United Kingdom's first general election since 2017. Two years ago, the Conservative Party actually increased its share of the overall vote — but lost seats in the House of Commons. Since then, the ongoing debate over how to implement Brexit (Britain's departure from the European Union) … Continue reading Save the Date: UK Election Watch Party on December 12th

Mr. Darwin’s Tree

Come to the Benson Great Hall this Saturday (9/28) at 7pm for a free performance of Mr. Darwin's Tree, a one-man show on the life and thought of biologist Charles Darwin. Produced by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and the Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford program and sponsored in part by the Templeton Religion … Continue reading Mr. Darwin’s Tree

Posters for three of our faculty's favorite films: The Lion King, The Martian, and The Third Man

Faculty Favorites: Music and Movies

Today, the first in a series sharing more inside information about your Bethel History faculty! (You can also read more Q&A by clicking each professor's name below.) We'll work our way towards fun stuff like favorite museums and primary sources, but let's start with the serious questions... Who's your favorite musician or band? Just how big … Continue reading Faculty Favorites: Music and Movies