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History in the making

Students stand in front of the Bunker Hill Memorial in Boston, MA. (Photo by Dwight Brautigam)

The university’s history and political science department sent nine students and faculty to The Conference on Faith and History in Boston. The event was held at Gordon College on Oct. 3-6. This was the 28th year for the conference, which attracted students and professors from all over the country.

According to CFH this biennial event is “a community of scholars exploring the relationship between Christian faith and history … Our primary goal is to encourage excellence in the theory and practice of history from the perspective of historic Christianity.”

During their time in Boston, the students presented papers they had previously written for various classes. They were also able to tour the city and sightsee.

Most of all, they were able to spend time with seasoned professors who challenged them to pursue diligence and academic excellence.

Zeke Barber, a sophomore said, “It was beneficial hearing what the professors had to say about a future in history, especially considering professions and further schooling.”
Barber presented a paper titled “Steve Jobs: Part 1” to an audience of professors and students who would also present later in the day.

Not only did this experience provide the students with a great opportunity to present their own work and get feedback from esteemed professors, it also allowed them to create deeper relationships with the history department faculty.

“The best part of the whole thing was just simply mad-cap adventures of a history department road trip which included playing pit with students, the walloping that Brautigam gave to students in Settlers of Catan and roaming around the city looking at the sights,” Jeffrey Webb, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the history and political science department, said, “Those were all fun and of course the conference itself, but the highlight was watching the students perform well at the conference. The students were very impressive academically, and I’m very proud of them. They work hard for our department and the university and it shows.”

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