This past week my family bought me a turntable for my birthday present–better than that, a turntable and U2’s 30th Anniversary Joshua Tree 7 LP Super Deluxe Box Set! Along with the original Joshua Tree as a double album, the set includes a double-album from a 1987 concert at Madison Square Garden, another three albums of […]Read More U2 as a Soundscape of Memory
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, The Atlantic posted an article entitled “’Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect.” It concerns a November 19 National Policy Institute (NPI) conference in Washington, DC, along with video footage excerpted from the speech of NPI president Richard B. Spencer. The NPI is an “alt-right” (i.e. right-wing extremist) white […]Read More How Contemporary White Nationalists Reference Nazi Germany
At Ambrose, history faculty and students research various local history projects. From 2016-2018, we are engaged in a project called “Refugee Stories: The Immigration and Resettlement of Germans in Western Canada, 1947-1960.” We are partnering with members of various German-Canadian communities in Calgary and throughout Alberta, combining scholarly research and oral history interviews to discover […]Read More Researching German Immigration to Western Canada
After the Trumpocalypse: What should we expect now? In “After the Trumpocalypse: What Happened?” I attempted to explain–if only to satisfy myself–how Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election. But what happens now? We have no idea. Given Donald Trump’s erratic and unprincipled record in his business, public, and private life, there is absolutely no […]Read More After the Trumpocalypse: What Should We Expect Now?
Recently, I was invited to participate on a panel at the Organization of Military Museums of Canada conference in Calgary. The organizer wanted to bring together scholars who had something to say about the potential for partnerships between museum curators and university scholars, based in part on some of the innovative ideas around public engagement […]Read More University-Museum Partnerships: The “Placing Memory” Project and Community-Based Research
Over the years, friends and family members have often joked with me that once the summer comes, I don’t really have to work. Usually (I think) this is in fun, and my standard reply is something like, “I don’t remember seeing you in grad school …” It’s my way of reminding them (and myself) that […]Read More A Professor’s Summer (2016)
Recently, I was asked to contribute a word to our church’s monthly newsletter. I found myself reflecting on two ideas–the many things I’ve learned by interacting with the history of Christianity and the meaning of Christmas. The following was an attempt to bring these two ideas together: Christmas Through the Eyes of Medieval Christians One […]Read More Christmas Through the Eyes of Medieval Christians