Past and Presence: A Usable Past

Screen shot from episode 5 of Past & Presence
In front of the house that was once home to Bethel’s History Department…

3/4/15 – Episode five of Past & Presence is one of my favorites because it gave us an excuse to go back to Bethel’s old campus across from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, now home to the Hubert Humphrey Job Corps Center. (Note to self: next time you decide to visit property of the federal government, check in with security before setting up the camera.) The episode also features two of our stellar undergraduate teaching assistants responding to John Fea’s discussion of the “usable past” and the past “as a foreign country.”

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