Imagine! Four BGSU students jamming out to Hamilton on the home way from Chicago singing about immigrants, truth, and democracy. This musical is found in any historian’s collection, but there is more to it than just a piano and a sheet of music. The silences and difficult topics that are revealed in this musical are the same themes that were revealed in our trip to Chicago. Like they say, “History Has Its Eyes on You” and we certainly took that to heart!
Over Spring Break, four history graduate students traveled to Chicago to embark on a 72-hour public history experience. Supported by the department’s student organization, Phi Alpha Theta, and BGSU’s Student Engagement Office, they visited the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We may have lost our way as we tried to find the parking lot near our hotel and visited the bean in the rain, but we made it to the other side with Giordano’s deep-dish pizza in our stomachs and a new appreciation for Chicago’s history.
By Becky Brown and Dr. Michele Clouse (Ohio University)
A common struggle with teaching history – at any level – is helping students connect to people living hundreds or even thousands of years ago in vastly different cultures. While daily life in the 21st century is markedly different from many of the times and places studied in your typical high school World History course, today’s students can readily identify with the disruptive effects of disease and epidemics.
The Department of History at Bowling Green State University recently explored the histories of disease, health, and medicine through a professional development workshop provided for Northwest Ohio Social Studies teachers. Through a series of speakers, discussion groups, and resource sessions, middle and high school teachers shared knowledge and teaching techniques to help one another grapple with teaching a challenging, but timely, topic in history.
Authored by Emma Brown (B.A. History, Media Production at BGSU, graduated December 2022)
Two years ago in April of 2021, I got an email from a professor I’d only ever had through an asynchronous class. It was the end of a school year spent fully online and this email was an opportunity I could only dream of. The absolutely incredible Dr. Melissa K. Miller of the political science department was working on a documentary and wanted me to be a undergraduate researcher that summer. The documentary was looking at Trailblazing Women in Ohio politics and with my history major and media production minor she thought I would be a perfect fit with the three other undergraduate researchers. Of course, I accepted!
Breaking the quiet at the end of Spring Break, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union was full of excitement as students set up their projects for the Ohio History Day Region 1 Competition on Saturday, March 11. Middle- and high-school students from across Northwest Ohio traveled with their history teachers and families to BGSU to present their own historical research, interpreted creatively through exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances.
This article is re-posted from Dr. Amílcar Challú‘s personal academic blog.
Last Thursday I took my pre-independence Latin America to The Teaching Kitchen, an annex to the main cafeteria in which a chef, in coordination with a faculty member, instructs how to cook a certain dish. I used food in classes before but it was the first time I tried using cooking as a teaching tool. We prepared tortillas from masa harina, baked them (don’t grill me for this) and then ate them with beans and salsa, with chocolate made with almond milk (no atole available, unfortunately).
Last Saturday, social studies teachers from Northwest Ohio traveled to BGSU for a professional development workshop: “Histories of Disease, Health, and Medicine.” Through speakers and discussion groups, teachers both broadened their knowledge of medical history and explored challenges and opportunities for applying this knowledge in the classroom.
An Excerpt of “Energy Geopolitics,” for the Foreign Policy Association, and the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Great Decisions Lecture Series, 2023, Bowling Green (21 January 2023)
When the Russians invaded the Ukraine last February, they hoped to use Europe’s dependence on Russian energy deliveries, particularly gas, to soften the reaction of the West, and perhaps also to split the West’s reaction to Russian aggression.
They hoped in particular that the Germans would remain somewhat conciliatory. Russia was supplying the EU with 40% of its natural gas before the war began. Natural gas constituted 25% of Germany’s energy supply, and Russia supplied 55% of Germany’s gas consumption. Moreover, Germany and Russia were about to open Nordstream II, the second major pipeline under the Baltic Sea, which permitted the direct shipment of Russian gas to Germany, without passing through Polish or Ukrainian territory.