Category Archives: The Past Alive: Teaching History

I Quit: A Teacher’s Resignation

Another veteran history teacher has resigned. In his letter of resignation, this high school teacher laments that “I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists.” Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher … Continue reading

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Holding Your Own Conclave

As cardinals gather in the Vatican to elect a new pope, other people are holding their own conclaves. The board game “Vatican: Unlock the Secrets of How Men Become Pope” provides a fun way to learn about the process of … Continue reading

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H-France Webinars

H-France is launching a webinar series beginning this fall. Graduate students in History at NIU, as well as undergraduate students in HIST 311 Early Modern France, 1500-1789 and HIST 423 French Revolution and Napoleon will be interested in this series. … Continue reading

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Economic Value of a Bachelor’s Degree

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has released a new study, “What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors,” assessing employment and earnings statistics for recipients of Bachelor’s Degrees. So what is a Bachelor’s degree worth?  A … Continue reading

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Multicultural Curricular Transformation

My website/blog has been silent over the past ten days, due to the end-of-the-semester crunch and an intensive week-long pedagogical workshop. Last week, I participated in the Multicultural Curricular Transformation Institute [MCTI] at Northern Illinois University.  This week-long pedagogical workshop … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Waves

The ongoing Arab protests and revolutionary movements are simultaneously fascinating, inspiring, and confusing. One of my students in HIST 423 French Revolution and Napoleon sent me this great question: “Do you know of a historical, sociological, or political theory that … Continue reading

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The American Civil War Remembered in the South

History is in the news all this spring as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War approaches.  The New York Times is running an almost daily series of blog posts on the 150th anniversary, entitled Disunion, … Continue reading

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