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History Matters

History Matters

By Shannon Bontrager
The podcast about history, teaching history, and why it matters. Co-hosted by Steve Blankenship and Shannon Bontrager. Opinions expressed within the content are solely the respective co-hosts. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views expressed
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Afghanistan: Frameworks for Thinking and Teaching American Empire
What does the recent evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan say about the nature of American Empire? How can we approach this topic in the classroom and in public? In this episode Steve Blankenship and Shannon Bontrager discuss the American-Afghan relationship and the implications the evacuation might hold for the ways we discuss and teach the American empire and its impact on the environment, the nation-state, religion, gender, and social memory.   
September 25, 2021
Exposing Lies in the History Classroom: A Tribute to James Loewen
Professors Steve Blankenship and Shannon Bontrager discuss the influences of James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong on history and how they use these "lies" in their history classrooms. 
September 8, 2021