In preparation for the presentations starting this Friday, be sure to review our course expectations for speaking. You might also want to spend a few minutes watching this conversation with Profs. Poppinga and Kooistra, in which they share some advice on preparing for oral presentations.
Prof. Kooistra and I discuss various ways that Christians approach the discipline of history, including “providential” history and the integration of faith and learning. You’ll need to respond to this video for this week’s response paper, and it may also be a helpful resource for your midterm essay (due 3/20).
Before you begin work on your first of two group projects… You might want to watch this short conversation with Profs. Poppinga and Kooistra, on you can effectively collaborate on a shared project.
Working as part of a team is one of the objectives of this course, but it’s not a skill that has often been emphasized in the discipline of history. But that’s starting to change — see this report on a collaboration panel at January’s meeting of the American Historical Association.
In preparation for our library session on historical research (M 2/13), please watch this short conversation with Profs. Magnuson and Kooistra – on the nature of secondary (and tertiary) sources. This should also help you identify appropriate sources for your annotated bibliography (due M 2/20).
As you continue to think about your final essay, take some time to come back to this conversation on vocation (featuring Profs. Kooistra and Poppinga). We watched the first half of it on our first day of class, but it continues in part two with discussion of connecting careers to historical study.