Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

In addition to Prof. Bramsen's invocation yesterday morning, one other HiPPos professor spoke during this spring's Commencement ceremonies at Bethel: historian Chris Gehrz, who was asked to deliver the address at Friday night's Baccalaureate worship service for graduates and their families. The text for the evening was Colossians 3:12-17. Greetings to parents, grandparents, and families, … Continue reading Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

Vote for the Best Historical Film!

For the third year in a row, students in Intro to History have been conducting a March Madness-style tournament to determine the best historical film. This week we've reached the Final Four! Polls will remain open until 8:30am this Friday if you want to cast your ballot in our final round of voting — it's open … Continue reading Vote for the Best Historical Film!

Course Previews: Intro to History

This morning's Spring 2022 course preview is our second from historian Chris Gehrz... HIS290 Introduction to History Days/Times: MWF 9:00-9:50am in Spring 2022 Prerequisites: none Counts for: • Major requirement: History, Social Studies Education 5-12 • Major option: Digital Humanities (Humanities core elective) • Minor requirement: History Image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay Complete the sentence: "Students should … Continue reading Course Previews: Intro to History

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

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…

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?