Teaching Ideas: Ways of Thinking about and Seeing the Grateful Dead

Ways of Seeing the Grateful Dead:   It often surprises music fans to learn that rightwing author/commentator/shock jock Ann Coulter claims to be a Deadhead who has seen over 60 shows. You can read all about it at: http://www.jambands.com/features/2006/06/23/deadheads-are-what-liberals-claim-to-be-but-aren-t-an-interview-with-ann-coulter It also surprises some to learn that there is an ever-growing body of scholarship called "Grateful … Continue reading Teaching Ideas: Ways of Thinking about and Seeing the Grateful Dead

Teaching about the History of White Trash

Putting Class Back Into the Classroom I'm guilty of being one of those scholars who too glibly use the words “important book” in reviews and academic discussions. We often mean, simply, a work that advances some argument within our narrow specialty—not a book we could actually teach, or one that undergraduates would find provocative. Every … Continue reading Teaching about the History of White Trash

University of KY History Podcasts

Two doctoral students in the History Department at the University of Kentucky, Dara Vance and Cody Foster, have started a podcast series called "Long Story Short: A Brief History of History" that features UK historians reflecting on and summarizing fascinating stories in history. The target audience is local, regional and global audiences as well as, … Continue reading University of KY History Podcasts

Can Flawed Books Be Good Teaching Tools?

Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today. By Tom Brokaw. Random House, 2008. ISBN: 9780812975116.   Historians study the past, but we know its meanings change over time. That principle extends to books written about history–some remain vital and others age more like beer than wine. Aging badly is especially … Continue reading Can Flawed Books Be Good Teaching Tools?

Evaluating Pop Culture Texts

One Popular Culture Text To Rule Them All:  Teaching Popular Culture with the Right Text   Popular Culture in American History (2nd edition).  By Jim Cullen, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2nd edition). By Susie O’Brien and Imre Szeman. Nelson Education, 2010; Discovering Popular Culture. By Anna Tomasino, Pearson/Longman, 2006; With Amusement for All: … Continue reading Evaluating Pop Culture Texts

Teaching Idea: Teaching Black Baseball

FIRST GENERATION: AFRICAN-AMERICAN BASEBALL PLAYERS AND AMERICAN SOCIETY Rob Weir   The list is easy to find–the first African-American players for each of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) teams. Some of the names are instantly recognizable–Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Elston Howard and, of course, Jackie Robinson. Others–such as Tom Alston, Carlos Paula, and Bob Trice–are little … Continue reading Teaching Idea: Teaching Black Baseball