Climate and History

by Will Katerberg. Everything has a history, but it’s easy not to notice. Partly that’s because we associate “history” with humanity, not the rest of the natural world. Partly it’s because some things seem timeless and unchanging, such as climate. Weather changes; climate does not seem to. A new book by John L. Brooke, a …

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“Using” Your History Major

by Doug Howard. The phrase, "I'm not really using my history major," should be banished from the vocabulary of history grads! Ten years out—no, five—you're probably not going to remember more than a few of the facts you learned in History of the Modern Middle East. (I've gotten over it.) I do hope something sticks—especially, …

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Calvin’s Unknown Rare Art Treasure

by Frans van Liere. Calvin College owns one medieval manuscript. At least, it is part of a manuscript: seven leaves, containing a liturgical calendar, which at one point was part of a medieval Psalter or prayer book. It contains one particularly beautiful miniature, which now is on the cover of my forthcoming book on the …

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Book Note: George Marsden’s Twilight of the American Enlightenment

by Will Katerberg Former Calvin College history professor George Marsden has a new book out this month. He taught in the Calvin history department in the 1970s and 1980s, before moving on to Duke and then Notre Dame, and has returned to Grand Rapids in the past few years, teaching courses at the college and …

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Sochi and the Lessons of Russian History

by Bruce Berglund Every so often, current events overtake a history class.  The event itself might be clearly historic—like the resignation of a pope. Or it can be the case that what’s happening in the present resonates so strongly with themes from the past that the professor and students put aside their study of history …

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Why Historical Horizons?

by Will Katerberg Why Historical Horizons and why a blog from a History Department? My colleagues and I have lots to do. We teach classes and supervise students doing research papers and honors theses. We serve on committees and as administrators. We go to conferences, present papers, and meet publishers. We travel to do research, …

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