Soccer is History

When I was at Temple University I taught a class called the Global History of Soccer. It was mostly a class on globalization, a world history class, that focused on how one can see history through soccer. Students liked the course and it was a great primer for the 2018 World Cup. I still use… Continue reading Soccer is History

Charles Dickens’ Punch Recipe

If ever there was a season to read Charles Dickens it is now, when the weather is dark and cold. To make a punch that would turn even the bah-est humbug into a happy character see below. Letter from Charles Dickens to “Mrs. F.” (Amelia Austin Filloneau), January 18, 1847 TO MAKE THREE PINTS OF… Continue reading Charles Dickens’ Punch Recipe

G.K. Chesterton on Charles Dickens

Before going to the Rosenbach to celebrate the work of Charles Dickens, which does well this time of year, I came across the book Appreciation and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G.K. Chesterton. Among a number of interesting notes, in his review of Hard Times, Chesterton writes, “I have heard that in… Continue reading G.K. Chesterton on Charles Dickens

Leaving the PhD

In Fall 2019, I decided to take a leave of absence from my history PhD candidacy to search for a K-12 teaching job. In returning to K-12 education after three years in higher education, I knew how important finding the right school was and I wanted to focus all my resources on my search, which… Continue reading Leaving the PhD

A Book and a Backpack

I have written frequently in the past about books I’ve read and places to which I’ve traveled. In my upcoming posts, I will recount some of my favorite places and the books that accompanied me on my travels. This won’t be limited to places that I’ve been, but will also highlight places that I’d like… Continue reading A Book and a Backpack

Hour of History ver. 2021

Feliz año nuevo, 2021. This year, the Hour of History will take a different form from past versions. Although I will remind you to take a look at previously recorded podcasts from time to time, I will use this space to share interesting history that I come across in teaching, reading, and writing rather than… Continue reading Hour of History ver. 2021

Back to History

My apologies to fans and followers of the Hour of History Podcast, who have undoubtedly noticed its absence for the last few months. A temporary reorganization and hiatus from the podcast was necessary after a great run of new content that dated back to the podcast’s origins in 2017. This year, 2020, has been a… Continue reading Back to History