Episode 30 – Conference Hype!

In today’s episode, I talk Great Lakes History Conference as we reach the one-week-to-go mark! With me is Andrew Peterson, a visiting assistant professor at GVSU, and we talk about his panel on “Rethinking the World History Survey.” We chat about his career arc, how to orient a world history survey around the environment, exchange networks, and energy regimes, how to solve problems related to periodization, and why the X-Files monster episodes are redeemable (they are!). The full presentation is planned for October 21 at 3:15pm, and he will be joined by Craig Benjamin (GVSU), Whitney Dirks-Schuster (GVSU), Leah Gregory (SDSU), and Alex Holowicki (Maui College). For more information on other panels and presentations please visit the conference website. Recommendations are:

Andrew – Collingham, A Taste of War

Dave – Pauketat, Cahokia (and Homefront + Paradise Lost from Deep Space Nine)

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2 thoughts on “Episode 30 – Conference Hype!

  1. JMF says:

    I just want to say thank you both for hosting these podcast episodes. I am a high school APWH teacher which can actually be a pretty isolating experience. Our freshmen survey course starts at 1750 (basically just modern European history) so I am the only person in my department who teaches actual world history. The Tennessee world history curriculum is a travesty! You could pretty much use Ferguson’s West and the Rest as a textbook, unfortunately. High school world history teaching (outside of AP) is a topic I have become pretty interested in as it has not caught up with the academic world, simply remains Eurocentric for political reasons, or is used as a transition course leading in to the US history survey.

    Anyway, it is really helpful to hear other world historians discuss the field so I can’t thank you both enough!!

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the feedback! The range of world history curricula out there is pretty daunting, and I’m glad to hear there are people like you out there pushing back against the old Western Civ model. Best of luck with your courses, and if you have any episode topics that would be of interest to you, please let us know and we’ll be happy to consider them!

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