Tag Archives: Teaching

Archiving My Life

28 Apr

Offices are places–and as you might recall, “places” fascinate me. My office became a place to me over the years. Perhaps this will illustrate things better than attempts at describing it:

Archiving My Life - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Historian Linda Kerber has described her experience of clearing out her University of Iowa office in a way that resonates with my experience of a year ago. Her Chronicle of Higher Education piece is here: Archiving My Life – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

When Sources Talk Back

2 Apr

How do we select the sources we use? How do we approach those sources once we’ve selected them? What does that process do to the stories we eventually tell about the past? And, what happens when our sources disagree with the choices we’ve made?

Historian Casey Schmitt raises these questions. Why does he raise them? Historians, professional and amateur, should be interested. Find out in his post at The Junto, here: When Sources Talk Back « The Junto.

How Historians Lost Their Public

30 Mar

At the annual meeting of the American Historical Association early this year, several well-attended sessions raised an issue much on historians’ minds: Do we still have a public audience?

So historian Thomas Bender starts a very insightful essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I am convinced that he is saying things that we historians need to ponder long and hard.

See what you think: How Historians Lost Their Public – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

WHAT IS HISTORY FOR? MORE THOUGHTS ON THE A.P. HISTORY CONTROVERSY

28 Feb

The recent controversy in Oklahoma over the teaching of Advanced Placement (A.P.) U.S. History has brought lots of heat among some. It has also, though, brought some thoughtful reflections from Robert Tracy McKenzie, historian at Wheaton College, IL.

McKenzie is a self-described theological and political conservative. (He left a prestigious post at University of Washington, a state-sponsored institution of higher education, for one at Wheaton College, a much smaller but evangelical Protestant-sponsored institution of higher education.)

His blog reflections on the Oklahoma controversy are measured and thoughtful–and they might surprise at least some, given his self-description. As a historian and a fellow Christian, I commend them to you: WHAT IS HISTORY FOR? MORE THOUGHTS ON THE A.P. HISTORY CONTROVERSY | Faith and History.

Digital History Center

12 Sep

A while ago I shared a link to The Invasion of America digital map by  Claudio Saunt. Now Marc Parry at the Chronicle of Higher Education has a full story on the Digital History Center and historians Saunt and Stephen Berry. This is the new digital direction of historical research and dissemination: Digital History Center Strives to Connect With the Public – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The New History Wars

2 Sep

WASHINGTON — WITH the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools. But if we want students to understand what is happening in Missouri or the Middle East, they need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture. People don’t kill one another just for recreation. They have reasons. Those reasons are usually historical.

So begins James R. Grossman of the American Historical Association in a New York Times op-ed today. I find myself saying, “Hear! Hear!”

You can read the entire piece not hear but here: The New History Wars – NYTimes.com.

Never Teach a Class Outdoors and Other Key Lessons I Have Learned

2 Jun

Historian Robert Zaretsky at The Chronicle of Higher Education has come up with “a Decalogue of sorts” of what he has learned “in my quarter century of experience.” After my own quarter century, I can resonate with many of them, at least … although, as I have said elsewhere (“Wisdom, Vanity, and ‘Lessons’ from History” in a pdf linked to this page), I am a bit skeptical about “lessons”–at least historical ones … and, calling students by their first names hasn’t been a problem for me for grading …

Never Teach a Class Outdoors and Other Key Lessons I Have Learned – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

Lenten Lamentations

Preparing to Participate in God's Mosaic Kingdom

The Text Message

Discoveries from processing and reference archivists on the job

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Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

The Pietist Schoolman

The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

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Reformed Journal: The Twelve

Reformed. Done Daily.

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Thoughtful Conversation about the American West

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"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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