What Does a Professor Do During the Long Summer Months?

By Dr. Gloria Tseng, History Department “Are you on vacation now?” my friendly neighbors often ask during the summer months. True, the academic year ends when I send in the final grades for my classes in May. Then I enter my gardening phase, which is late spring and early summer, when I’m hopeful for the new …

Student Feature: Joshua Kam

By Josh Kam Every college freshman has a Dreaded Question. The sort of thing your roommate’s mom asks almost before you’ve shaken hands, that the Michigan-friendly cashiers on 8th Street will ask to start conversation. “What’s your major?” “But whatcha gonna do with a major like that?” “Are you dating?” “Like, I know you’re not …

Collaborative Research

By Lauren Janes This summer I had the joy of leading a team of students in collaborative research to help launch my next book project, The Modern History of Global Food.  The book will feature a series of case studies exploring how we can better understand important world historical themes by analyzing foods that moved …

Welcome, First-Year Students!

Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Our 2016-2017 first-year students move in. We’re so excited for a brand new school year and lots of fun changes! This year we’re pleased to welcome a new Office Manager, Raquel Niles. She’ll be hitting the ground running, so please excuse an interruption or two to our regularly …

Student Feature: Cullen Smith

By Cullen Smith, ’17 I believe that looking into the past gives the observer a chance to understand what was then little understood. This summer, with the help of the Mellon Scholars and the History Department (and with my advisor Dr. Natalie Dykstra from the English Department), I had the opportunity to look at Expo …

Alumni Feature: Lou Canfield

By Lou Canfield I graduated from Hope College with a double major in History and Political Science in 2001 and have worked for the City of Grand Rapids since 2006. I manage the Design & Development Department, which is responsible for planning and zoning, development review, permits and inspections. My work responsibilities are wide ranging including finance and budgeting, …

Student Feature: Jonathan Tilden

By Jonathan Tilden, ’17 I researched for the department in the summer of 2015. I heard about the opportunity while in an American history class with Dr. Petit and was immediately interested. Dr. Petit, the faculty member who would be overseeing this project, was interested in constructing a website about the United War Work Campaign of 1918, an …