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This will be my last new post for a while, as I’ll take a hiatus during our Thanksgiving break. Next week I’ll go into “Best of” mode, re-running some earlier posts, and maybe do some microblogging at the Pietist Schoolman Facebook page. Blessings on all of those who will be traveling and gathering to celebrate the holiday … Continue reading


  • 11/11/14 - I was happy to be interviewed for today's Star Tribune article about the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill and its impact on Minnesotan colleges and universities. You can learn more about that landmark legislation and what it meant for schools like Bethel at our Bethel at War blog.
  • 10/30/14 - Hot off the presses, the October 2014 issue of The Baptist Pietist Clarion is now available in print and online. Edited by fellow Pietist Schoolman G.W. Carlson, The Clarion offers reports, reflections, and reviews from people influenced by the Baptist and Pietist traditions. This issue focuses on missions and the growth of multicultural ministry, but it also includes a version of my September comments to the Christian College Consortium, on how Pietists understand "Christ-centered" higher education.
  • 10/27/14 - If you're in the Twin Cities, you can catch me this Saturday morning, Nov. 1st, 10:00, at the Minnesota Genealogical Society. I'll be speaking on the history of Poland in the century since 1914, with particular emphasis on the Polish experience of Communist rule. More broadly, I'll have us think about the nature of national identity and how it's sustained apart from the existence of a fully autonomous nation-state.
  • 10/20/14 - Thanks to Dave Bruno and John Fea for responding to my post last week suggesting "Six C's of Writing Institutional History"! In a comment on that post, Dave elaborated on his suggestion that historians might practice a kind of institutional "confession," while John — busy writing his own institutional history, of the American Bible Society — generously took time to engage with that and the other 5 C's of my post.
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