Reading is such a vital part of what historians do, so much so that I decided to produce and post a video about it. Now reading is fundamental. I can easily and readily see how a freshman in college could take offense. The problem is not so much reading, but in remembering what it is you just read.   (more…)

There it is, the Atlantic Ocean, that wet sopping pond that bares my historical acumen (Atlantic Studies). And it’s warm!!! So of course total immersion – as in me in the sea.

Which is what good historians do…total and complete immersion in their research. Which is also the way I’d like to teach it, to have students try their hand at immersion, to think like, write like, and see the world via the mind of a historian. (more…)