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Episode #15 Free Blacks and Radical Creoles with Alexis Hlavaty

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 11.16.32 AMI could talk about this stuff all day (well, I sort of do…) and so I am thrilled to offer this fascinating conversation with Alexis Hlavaty. I think most are unaware of how vibrant the free black community was in New Orleans during the antebellum years – and we talk about why these folks are relatively unknown today. We also get way into the radicals after the war in the Reconstruction period and all the way to the infamous Plessy case. Just for fun – and I won’t spoil it – but Alexis hits us with some straight up controversy right away (hint: neo-Confederates be warned…). So listen up. This is important stuff.

We discuss:

  • New Orleans and what fascinates us about this unique city
  • Why New Orleans’s antebellum free black population is often overlooked
  • The Sisters of the Holy family
  • Radical Creoles and the struggle for racial equality after the war
  • The historic case Plessy v. Ferguson

This was a great conversation – and – I found out that the Catholic sisters could talk a little smack. Who knew…Anyway, Alexis offers some very valuable advice for students and suggests we all go read The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice by Michael A. Ross. SO you had better get to it. And if you want to see what Alexis is up to, you can find her on Twitter.

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Episode #13 Teaching with Creativity with Lance Mosier

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-3-21-13-pmWhat if the CSI crew were around to help bring John Wilkes Booth to justice? That’s what Lance Mosier has his 8th graders imagine…Seriously, if he had been my history teacher in middle school – I might have paid closer attention. In this episode, Lance and I talk shop about how we reach our students in creative ways – ways that help them engage with the history – Not. Just. Memorize. It. I mean, where is the fun in that? This show is a must for all teachers out there and those who are considering teacher middle or high school as a career. LISTEN!!! There’s great stuff here 🙂

We discuss:

  • Lance’s blog, Raiders of the Lost History Class
  • How kids engage history at a higher level with creative teaching
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Social media – the good and the bad
  • The Socrative Space Race Game
  • Performative aspects of teaching
  • Social Studies Chat #sschat and Teach Like a Pirate #tlap on Twitter

Lance has a well thought out movie recommendation and some excellent advice for history students, makes a call for those pursuing advanced degrees in the humanities to consider middle or high school teaching, and suggest we all read Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. So you had better get that one…it’s on my list for sure 🙂

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Episode #10 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs

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If you are in the midst of earning an advanced degree in the humanities and are scared shitless because the job market has plummeted  at least twelve notches below abysmal…you should listen to this. Amy and I went to grad school together – and as we approached career prospects in different ways, we both landed at private secondary schools…yes, we are high school history teachers. And so I thought I would ask her on the show to bat around some ideas of how we wound up where we did.

Amy offers a lot of insight into how this path might be a plan A for those in Ph.D. programs. Her passion for what she does here really shows through. There is quite a lot to be said for fulfillment and happiness when it comes to what we do. Listen up – you might get some ideas.

We discuss:

  • Alternate career paths for history Ph.Ds
  • The unique experiences teaching in secondary education/ private schools
  • The inherent values associated with these positions
  • Happiness, fulfillment, and making a difference (yes, it happens)

Amy has a lot of great advice for students, notes the importance of films such as Twelve Years a Slave and recommends what will surely be a fascinating read (it’s on my list): Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook. You can find Amy on Instagram doing the Insta thing – so stop over and say hi.

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Episode #9 Digital History and the Civil War Governors Project with Patrick Lewis

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-5-55-06-amDo you get excited when you hear someone talking about digital history? Because I do. Those of us in the humanities with an eye to the future love this stuff. So I am particularly stoked to talk digital with Patrick Lewis,  author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War – and director of The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Project. What Patrick is doing (take note…other state archivists) is some of the most innovative work in the digital humanities that I know of. And he gives us the full run down.

We discuss:

  • Digital history and how it is useful
  • A historical “social network”
  • The place in digital humanities for early career historians
  • How to use the documentary project’s user guides

Listen and learn – this is great stuff! Patrick and I talk also talk about Cohen Brothers movies, he gives some great advice for students of history, and notes the value of Mark Mazower’s Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44. Nothing to so with the Civil War…but hey – it’s good to have a little variance in your life, yes? Make sure to check out Patrick on Twitter – Peace.

 

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