In the spring of 2017, I was invited to give a lecture about the historical context and nature of Luther’s protest. The video of my “Taste of Reformation” lecture from April 3, 2017, can be seen here. This printed version includes the images adds a little more detail on the Cranach painting “The Vineyard of the Lord.” […]Read More The Historical Context and Nature of Luther’s Protest
Twice each year, at our Ambrose University Open House days for prospective students and their parents, I know I will have several conversations about the economic value of a history degree. Almost without fail, parents ask this question–and quite rightly, since they are usually the ones investing tens of thousands of dollars into their children’s […]Read More Yes, You Can: Studying History and Finding a Career
The other day, I was working with students to analyze a series of primary historical documents. It’s something we do often in history classes, but as we were discussing Jewish responses to the Holocaust at the end of the war, a different conversation started up inside my head. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the […]Read More Life Interrupted: History and the Possibility of Life Lessons
Over the past year, members of the Ambrose University history program have been working on a local history research project: “Placing Memory in High River’s Built Environment.” The project explores the connections between physical places and the sense of community identity and collective memory in the town of High River. It’s been a great opportunity […]Read More Local History Research in and by the Community
While marking papers towards the end of last semester, I promised myself I would soon write about the thought processes that go into creating an assignment, establishing a marking rubric, and grading a research paper. Since the new semester is about to start, perhaps now is a good time to pull back the curtain just […]Read More On the Dark Art of Marking
One of the challenges in teaching about the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust, as I am right now in my HI 368 course of the same name, is how to describe ancient, early Christian, medieval, and Reformation-era forms of hostility towards Jews. Much of this hostility (and its associated violence) issued out of the Christian […]Read More Anti-Judaism vs Antisemitism: Which is the Right Term?
My main reason for being in Berlin this past week has been to work on some new research relating to genocide, memory, and place. The roots of the project are in my own questions about the power of places like concentration camp sites–the scenes of so much suffering, death, and evil–and in my search for […]Read More Encountering the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum