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My Favorite First-Day Activity

How a simple class discussion exercise called “The History of Your Lifetime” gets students to teach themselves fundamental concepts of historical thinking.

How to Reframe the Civil War in the Classroom

Recommendations for teachers who want to avoid promoting discredited and dehumanizing propaganda about the United States’ defining war.

PowerPoint Basics for Historians (series)

A continuing series of posts explaining ways to use PowerPoint more effectively.

The Liberal Arts, the People, and the Pandemic

How the COVID-19 crisis exposes the importance of making an integrated liberal-arts education available to the whole public.

Investing in a Part-Time Community

A widely shared reflection on the dilemma of an adjunct faculty member deciding how much effort and emotion to put into a college community.

Teaching Angry

A post about my plans for discussing the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack in class, discussing how to resist hatred through historical study.

‘Silence’ and Historical Presence: Teaching a Novel in the Survey

How I taught Endō Shūsaku’s classic 1966 historical novel Silence in a world history survey course in 2018.