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Taking Flight: First Blog Post for Next Week

Are your domains set up? Subdomains for hist297? Here’s where to go if you’re stuck and a look at next steps towards our first blog post assignment (due Tues, 9/10, midnight).

As noted on our syllabus, your site for 297 is intended as a portfolio of your work in the course. We’ll have a set of assignments across different weeks in which you’ll share blog posts on themes related to the process of writing history, our readings and working analyses, and your own development of a literature review project, among other themes.

Think of this as a place to develop your thoughts and brainstorm ahead of class, to log your own work, and to build a project portfolio of your own. Feel free to add your own posts and project updates beyond our minimum assignments.

p.s. For another History major portfolio example, including HIST 297 work, see alum Natalie Griffitts‘ site!

Next steps? A quick check list:
– Have domain your hist297.[myname].org subdomain sites set up? WordPress installed? If you still need help, head to the digital knowledge center.

– Explore the help guides for WordPress basics and particuarly video guides to using the Gutenberg editor to create posts (what people read on your site) and pages (where people read it).

– Jump into the blog post for Tuesday! And, in the meantime, please send your hist297 site URL address to Dr. Fernsebner at sfernseb [at]

Image: From barnstormer / daredevil Carter Buton. Carter Buton Album Loan 00018. San Diego Air and Space Museum. Via Flickr Commons. [Accessed 9.5.2019] Link

Ready to dive in? HIST 297 Syllabus Available

Hello All,

Dr. Fernsebner’s HIST 297 syllabus is online — just head to the Syllabus page hereĀ  to find it. NOTE: if you downloaded the previously posted one (up earlier this week), please re-download this new one… it fixes an important glitch or two, including a note re: grade point values for assignments.

Looking forward to meeting you in class on Monday!

– Dr. Fernsebner

Welcome to HIST 297!

Hello All!

Welcome to History 297! If you’re shopping for books, there’s just two required for this course:

Cohen, Paul. History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth. New York: Columbia UP, 1998.

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints (Boxed Set). New York: First Second Books, 2013.

Buy new or used, as desired, or read the copies we’ll have freely available on reserve at Simpson Library! Remember you will need page numbers to cite the works (beware electronic editions lacking them) for written assignments.

Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks!

– Dr. Fernsebner