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

Walking the Tōkaidō

This fall I started a virtual journey with teachers all around the world. We recorded our walks, runs, and steps and charted our progress on the 318 mile walk across Japan’s famous Tōkaidō, from Tokyo to Kyoto. The Tōkaidō was the Eastern Sea Route that millions of merchants, pilgrims, and travelers walked. We looked at art,… Continue reading Walking the Tōkaidō

Slavery and the Underground Railroad

In my US history class we are watching the film Harriet which brings up a lot of questions about slavery and the Underground Railroad. I had a couple great podcasts on the subject that remain relevant supplements to the heartbreaking story of people who fought hard for their freedom from slavery. You can hear my… Continue reading Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Teaching the First Opium War

Growing up, I was a huge fan of James Clavell’s novel Tai-Pan. Although the novel might be a little outdated today, it serves as an excellent fictional introduction to the British perspective of the Opium Wars. When I teach the Opium Wars now, I use the Opium Wars essay written for MIT’s Visualizing Cultures series.… Continue reading Teaching the First Opium War