• Transferring Humanities Skills from Community to Four-Year College

    We are almost at the midpoint of spring semester and requests for letters of recommendation are starting to pile up. Teaching at a community college necessitates that faculty support students' transfer applications, w...
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  • "1917" as Academic Inspiration

    As a historian I struggle with Hollywood-versions of history. Based on a “true story” or “actual events” generally indicates, to me, that some well-meaning writers have taken an historical even...
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  • (Extra) Help Wanted

    It’s the first week of spring semester and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of duties ahead of me in the coming months. Yesterday in class I heard myself telling students “not to b...
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  • Making Space for Students' Interests

    I’ve been viewing the documentary “The Murder of Emmett Till” (PBS) with students in my US History II sections for as long as I can remember. The tragic history of this young boy’s murder, more...
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  • The Struggle is Real (#3): Following Directions

    Students are turning in final projects this week for my online courses. With only two weeks until final exams, the end of the semester is bearing down on us all. And though these students have been working with me sin...
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  • Listen to our podcast from the new co-authors of The American Promise, Sarah Igo and François Furstenberg

    Listen to our podcast from the new co-authors of The American Promise, Sarah Igo and François Furstenberg. In this episode, Sarah and François address questions from the history teaching community on be...
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  • Teachers, Thank Your Teachers

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to look through my high school report cards. It would probably shock my former history teachers that I pursued a career in a subject area where I squeaked out B-minuses semester...
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  • Hit Refresh: Sharing Online Resources

    Students in my US History I and II classes have recently started a short research project, which means we are spending class time in the library getting everyone acquainted with identifying and citing research materia...
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  • Pathways to Student Success II: Talking with Students about Textbooks

    My son, a high school 10th-grader, has been using an iPad in school regularly since 5th grade. He’s grown up in a generation of students for whom digital textbooks and computer-based learning are commonplace. An...
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  • Thinking about The 1619 Project

    In August the New York Times released The 1619 Project, an ambitious publication of the paper’s weekly magazine that seeks to address our nation’s troubled history with slavery at its 400th anniversary. Wr...
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  • No time to talk impeachment?

    Last week’s announcement that there will be an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Trump has created an opportunity to talk with students about the historical precedents of this action. The nearest...
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  • Lytle Hernández, called "rebel historian," wins MacArthur Genius Grant

    Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández Wins MacArthur Fellowship : NPR    "History is a narrative of the past. It is based upon the sources that we regard as relevant or that we can find," she says.   ...
  • Taking Note(s)

    We just finished the second week of the fall semester and I’m already feeling anxious about the notes my students are not taking during class.    History classes are notorious for being heavy with note...
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  • Teaching the Industrial Revolution

    Prep time for fall semester and I’m in that familiar August headspace where I’m questioning how I can make certain “must teach” topics more enjoyable for the students and for me! I’ve wri...
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  • Sabbatical's End

    My semester-long sabbatical ended abruptly with the start of summer session at my college so it’s the perfect time to reflect on five months of research. The goal of this project at the outset was to study the c...
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  • More Forgotten History: The UpStairs Lounge arson from 1973

    Before the horrific events of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the UpStairs Lounge arson attack was one of the deadliest assaults on the LGBQT community-- except hardly anyone heard about it. In honor of #PrideMonth, rea...
  • Student Research: Works Cited Drafts

    Teaching our students to properly cite sources is an essential component of college-level history courses. In a previous blog I mentioned that last summer I started requiring a rough-draft of the Works Cited page in t...
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  • Revisiting Jane Addams at Hull House

    I was first introduced to Jane Addams during my junior year of college when my professor assigned Twenty Years at Hull House. It was not until several years later when I used the book with students in a course of my ...
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  • The Story of D-Day: Facts and events from the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy

    In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, author, podcaster, and historian Giles Milton is telling the tales of the people who risked their lives on Normandy Beach that fateful day. In this infographi...
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  • Lessons My Students Have Taught Me

    According to my social media feeds, National Teacher Appreciation Day was May 7th. Reading posts thanking teachers and mentors last week led me to think a lot about what my years in the college classroom have meant to...
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