Being a student of the past has had a funny way of defining my present and future.
My name is Dylan Emahiser, a recent graduate of BGSU. As you might imagine, I spent my time there focused on history. I still focus on history but am now nearly as far away from BGSU as one can geographically get. Continue reading
Students Kinzey M. McLaren-Czerr and Colin J. Spicer, along with Professor Andrew M. Schocket, are published in the Journal of the American Revolution. Titled “The Constitution Counted Free Women and Children – And it Mattered,” the article tackles the importance of counting women and children in the population count of a state.
Congratulations to Kinzey, Colin, and Prof. Andrew!
To check out the article, click here or the link below.
In the courses I teach on local history, my main message is that every place has a history, no matter how ordinary or how small. An abandoned storefront on a city block, a tumble-down farm house sitting in its lonely quarter acre, or your own home, has a history miles deep. If we’re willing to think creatively about the possibilities that small spaces hold, we can uncover intriguing stories about our communities that inspire and connect us.
Recently, while working on my own research, I was struck by the parallel trials facing the writers who participated in what we might call a project of Catholic Enlightenment in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the current headline-making struggle to reconcile the institution of the Catholic Church with modern realities. Broadly speaking, the participants in the early modern Catholic Enlightenment were much the same as their twenty-first century counterparts: women and men who both valued their Catholic identities and sought to resolve the apparent tensions between that identity and more secular understandings of reform, progress, and essential human dignity engendered by the Enlightenment. Ulrich Lehner, the foremost scholar currently working on the Catholic Enlightenment project, depicts a project of social reform which sought to address a variety of perceived flaws within the church, from the despotic reign of the papacy and episcopacy to the church’s stance on controversial issues like slavery and the treatment of women. My own research into the theological and philosophical side of all this reveals much the same: dedicated Catholics who nonetheless saw value for the Church in embracing new philosophical concepts that reconsidered the nature of human identity and individuality, many of which the Church had remained skeptical if not openly hostile. Continue reading
This entry, written by BGSU student Nicole Schwaben, is about a “Reacting to the Past” game led by Dr. Andrew Schocket in HIST 4220, America in the Revolutionary Era, Spring 2018. If interested, secure your spot in this Fall 2018’s reacting to the past (HIST 3910) course!
In the game, Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution, which our class played in HIST 4220, all students are assigned a role, whether it be in the Crowd/Gallery or within the Provincial Congress. I was assigned the character of John Cuyler, Jr., a member of the Moderate faction within the Provincial Congress. Additionally, there were also Loyalist and Patriot factions in the Provincial Congress. Along with the other Moderates, I had a unique position in which I could sway the direction of the game. Both the Loyalists and the Patriots needed the votes of the Moderates in order to reach their objectives.
As Moderates, we tried our best to provide a fair and level-headed perspective of the issues at hand. However, this
proved to be difficult at times. Many of the Moderates, myself included, were in debt; therefore, a member of the Loyalist faction somewhat controlled us. This was frustrating for the Moderate faction because we also desired to maintain autonomy. Without autonomy, we would not be able to make our own thoughtful decisions. Instead, we would be forced to put our personal beliefs aside and act as our creditors wanted, or face the consequences.
In my role, I was also the publisher of a newspaper that was distributed twice throughout the game. This gave me control of the media, including the ability to report on other events, cover what speeches and debates happened during the game sessions, and leave my own commentary on what actions I believed the Provincial Congress should take. The other factions seemed to notice the power that the newspaper held, and both sides attempted to use that to their advantage. At the beginning, the Loyalist faction nominated me to be speaker. I assumed I was nominated so that the member of the Loyalist faction, Frederick Phillipse, whom I was indebted to, could control my actions. Luckily, I was not chosen to be speaker. On the Patriot side, Judge Livingston also tried to gain control of the newspaper. Livingston offered to pay off my debts, as long as chose to vote in favor of the Committee of Inspection and write my newspaper in a way that benefited the Patriots. I refused to agree to these conditions, largely because I desired my newspaper to be relatively unbiased.
Unfortunately, there were consequences for not agreeing to the terms set by the Patriot faction. Because I refused, the Patriot faction mobbed me. The mob was an incredibly stressful situation in which I was not provided much time to make a decision, but had several options. I could attempt to form a counter mob; however, there was not enough people to accomplish that. I could shoot into the mob; however, that seemed risky and I did not want to promote violence. I could submit to the Patriot’s wishes, but then I would lose my autonomy. I could resist the mob, but then I would have been tarred and feathered and my newspaper would have been destroyed. I decided to flee to a British ship and miss the rest of the session, effectively ending the game for me.
Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution allows students to immerse themselves into history. Students are encouraged to do their research on the American Revolutionary era, which enables them to play their character to the best of their ability and accomplish historically accurate objectives in the game. Through the speeches and debates during the game, students are able to empathize and gain a better understanding of those who actually faced these issues before the breakout of the American Revolutionary War.
The deadline to apply for summer and fall internships in BGSU’S Center for Archival Collections (CAC) has been extended to April 2. See a brief description/excerpt from the CAC, located in Jerome Library, below:
The University Libraries (UL) at Bowling Green State University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing academic related internships/co-ops/practicums professional opportunities within the UL. Considered a leader among academic libraries, especially in Ohio, the University Libraries’ strengths include instruction and reference, access and technical services, government documents, and special collections which represent the collecting areas of popular culture, sound recordings, K-12 curriculum materials, regional and Great Lakes history, university archives and rare books. Students may have the opportunity to work closely with professional librarians and archivists, gaining practical professional experience. Students enrolled in graduate programs in library science, archival administration, history, American culture studies, popular culture studies and other related fields are encouraged to apply.
** The History Department strongly encourages all students to apply, with our own History students having benefitted immensely from this opportunity on multiple occasions.
Further information about the program and application process can be found at: https://www.bgsu.edu/library/about/ULEmployment/internships-and-special-projects.html
HISTORIC FARM & HISTORY SPECIALIST
Wood County Parks is looking for a Program Coordinator and history specialist at Carter Historic Farm with supervisory responsibilities relating to seasonal and part-time staff, interns and volunteers. Employee has the authority to recommend any reward or disciplinary actions necessary.
Duties include working to research, plan, develop, conduct and evaluate programs and special events that inform the public (schools, community organizations, and the general public) of the history of Wood County Parks; running every day operations; creating interpretive, educational and interactive displays, exhibits, etc; developing a Collections Policy and managing the historic collections and acquisition of historic items, including donations, documentation, inventory, maintenance, cleaning, repair and placement of the items; generating an annual budget proposal for CHF equipment, materials, supplies, maintenance, and operations.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in interpretation, history, education or related field is preferred, however applicants with at least 3 years related experience including providing public programs for all ages and backgrounds will be considered. Preferred applicant will have working knowledge of interactive educational museum operations, historical farming practices and operations, agricultural experience/knowledge, and history of northwest Ohio.
<For more information, go to the Wood County Park District’s website @ http://www.wcparks.org/about/employment/
The Tufts Historical Review Editorial Board is delighted to announce a call for submissions to Volume XI of the Tufts Historical Review, an academic journal of global history that seeks both undergraduate and graduate papers of the highest caliber.
This year, the theme of our journal is Chaos. Before Gaia, Tartarus, or Nyx, Chaos (Χάος) ruled the universe. The ancient Greeks conceptualized Chaos as a gap or space between concrete worlds, ideas, or eras. However, chaos has not always been defined by an absence or lacking of elements, but also as a force of turmoil, pandemonium, or unpredictability.
From the religious upheaval stemming from the Protestant Reformation to the social confusion of the Sexual Revolution, chaos has fundamentally altered the cultural fabric of society. Similarly, the trauma of the Bubonic Plague and the tumult of Mao’s Great Leap Forward shook the foundations of the existing world orders. Beyond this, as Genghis Khan and Napoleon Bonaparte epitomized, the art of chaos has been integral in the conquest and subjugation of nations.
Throughout history, humanity has been defined by the balance between order and chaos. Inspired leaders and nations have created and overcome chaos to impose order. Peoples, empires, and ideas will rise and fall and, when they do, chaos will always reign supreme.
These are just a few examples. The Editorial Board seeks outstanding articles – between 2,500 and 8,000 words – that explore our theme from a diverse array of perspectives. Submissions are due by 31 January 2018, and should be submitted to email@example.com. Please refer the following document for more information.