The Return of Historia!

Historia! logoAlong with the course-related podcasts I’ve helped to produce, our department also makes use of this technology to communicate with current, former, and prospective students, putting out Historia! twice last year and, hopefully, three times in 2011-2012.

In time for Bethel’s Homecoming, the first episode for this year is now available on iTunes U, and might be of interest not only to those in the wider Bethel community but to others interested in intersections between Christianity and history.

This episode features:

  • Bethel faculty news: Diana Magnuson‘s work with digital history; AnneMarie Kooistra taking American Civilization online; our Pietist Impulse book; and Amy Poppinga and interfaith service.
  • The intellectual autobiography of Ruben Rivera: studying the history of Christianity as an evangelical in Boston; the challenge of oral history; and the role of mentoring in the lives of college students and professors.
  • Bethel student Larissa Thune (’11) on becoming a History major, spending last summer as an intern at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and starting to think where her studies and experience might take her in the future.
  • Then Ruben and I reflected on the value of revisionism for historians (and Christians), and why it’s disconcerting to many outside the academy. (We both alluded to this excellent piece by John Fea of Messiah College.)

Please let us know what you think! E-mail us with your comments, questions, and suggestions for topics to cover on future episodes.

(And while you’re on iTunes, check out the two episodes we produced last year. The first featured a discussion of narrative vs. analytic history stemming from Gordon Wood’s essay on that topic, and the story of our colleague Kevin Cragg; the second had Sam and me sharing our favorite historical films—a long list, plus an interview with Diana Magnuson on being a Bethel alum in the Bethel History department.)

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