Screen shot from our Past & Presence road trip to Duluth

Wednesday’s Webisode: Careers and Vocation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4spx3mt_7IM It's the last week of classes at Bethel University, which means that today's is the episode of Past & Presence for a while. But it's a good one: AnneMarie and Amy Poppinga talk about calling and career (and why they're not the same thing); we meet attorney Tony Barthel '99; and Chris Gehrz takes a road trip … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Careers and Vocation

Screen shot of our Past & Presence interview with Andene O'Neill

Wednesday’s Webisode: Historians and the Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4PnFAp1oSI After a week off, Past & Presence returns today with an episode dedicated to the relationship between historians and the church. That's the subject of our faculty conversation, between Profs. Amy Poppinga and Chris Gehrz. Plus we interview Andene (Christopherson) O'Neil '05, Pastor of Worship & Adult Ministries at Church of the Cross in Hopkins, Minnesota, … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Historians and the Church

Screen shot of Episode 11 of Past & Presence: Prof. Gehrz by the F. Scott Fitzgerald statue at the former site of St. Paul Academy

Wednesday’s Webisode: History in Popular Culture

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

Screen shot of Tim Krueger in episode 10 of Past & Presence

Wednesday’s Webisode: History as Writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqWzGQivPjQ A couple of themes run through episode 10 of Past & Presence. First, connections between history and writing. Our conversation this week considers history as a kind of literature — and also shares some advice for students seeking to improve their writing on different kinds of assignments. And our interview this week features an alumnus who has … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: History as Writing

Screen shot of Langemark Cemetery in Belgium

Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Qul8hG40I This week Prof. Gehrz hosts Past & Presence from sites along the former Western Front, in Belgium and northern France. (This past January he and Prof. Mulberry brought a camera and microphone along on their World War I travel course. Look for one more episode this spring to feature European locales.) Also in episode nine... We conclude … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part II

Chris Gehrz at the Minnesota Korean War Memorial

Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yn7r1pp2yY On this week's episode of Past & Presence, Profs. AnneMarie Kooistra and Chris Gehrz begin a two-part conversation about how Christians approach the discipline of history. In today's half of that conversation, they take up historian George Marsden's argument that Christians can and should "play by the rules" of the secular academy — that, in many … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part I

Screen shot of Past & Presence interview with AnneMarie Kooistra

Wednesday’s Webisode: Biography and History

After a week off for Spring Break, Past & Presence returns today with an episode dedicated to biography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH_z6dlf4dI The episode's theme shows up in several different ways: Prof. Chris Gehrz hosts the episode from his hometown of Stillwater, introducing viewers to some of the formative sites in his life He and Prof. Amy Poppinga discuss their … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Biography and History

Chris Gehrz at the Minnesota History Center

Wednesday’s Webisode: The Minnesota History Center

To this point we've been naming each installment of Past & Presence after the topics of our weekly faculty conversations, but this week the star of the show is the place we visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAFdrYd8K0 Yes, we had the great privilege of getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Thanks to our host … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: The Minnesota History Center

Screen shot of Amy Poppinga from Episode 5 of Past & Presence

Wednesday’s Webisode: A Usable Past?

Episode five of Past & Presence is now available! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DfOshfWojc It's a special episode on at least two counts: It's the first to be hosted somewhere beyond Bethel's campus — at Bethel's former campus across from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul! And it's the first to feature two of our teaching assistants in place of faculty members … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: A Usable Past?

At Scandia Chapel

Wednesday’s Webisode: Primary Sources

Episode 4 of Past & Presence, our department webisode, is now available! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHMGP8pIlpg This week's was an especially rich faculty conversation, as we talked with Diana Magnuson and AnneMarie Kooistra about the nature of historical evidence and research. Not only did we discuss primary sources and why they're fun to use in teaching, but we reflected on the experience of … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Primary Sources