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Laura Perry
Tennessee
I'm a historian / educator / musician married to a professional violinist / conductor / educator
Interests: It's not the time period, but rather the unanswered question that drives my intellect.
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The past several years have truly been chaotic. I took a Medical Leave of Absence last year, and I'm getting back into the groove like I haven't in years... but it's daunting, and I feel as though I constantly stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Notes From a PhD Life
It's been a while since I last posted anything - far too long, actually. It's refreshing to come back after such a time away, especially with my head bursting with things to say! Needless to say, pondering topics and considering... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Notes From a PhD Life
Bias. It's a word that leaves many seeing red. But why? Why should it? Many young teachers and instructors are sent into the classroom with the notion that they must be "bias-free" - a concept I cannot understand and do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
Today I am riding high. It's a good day for history! My title for today must seem rather oxymoronic, but I am dead serious - history really is the wave of the future. It is also riding the wave of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
This article How Christian Were the Founders? came out in 2010, and I was pretty frustrated then about the increasing conservatism in K-12 public education - conservatism that told flat out lies, actually. I am not conservative in my values... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
I was distressed today to learn of the horrendous Bangladeshi garment factory fire that occurred while Americans went on a furious, wild spending spree purchasing the clothing these victims made in squalid, shameful circumstances. (See: Bangladeshi Garment Factory Fire) As... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I was thinking about the impact of PBS on my life earlier today... and realized my earliest must-see TV was Sesame Street (I was plopped in front of the tube (do you remember why the "The Tube" was called "The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
It's interesting. Last night I was watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix and realized that most of the guest actors - indeed AH himself - are gone. I remember losing Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart (and his late-night poetry readings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
What Our Kids can Teach Us - Lance Simmens Prologue Enter Chorus I have been pondering this post for a while now. Quite a while, actually - I started it sometime in August. The question Lance is considering was, in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
Would like to briefly share my philosophy on history. It's short and to the point, I think: History is not all about dates; for us, as human beings, the only remembrance many will leave are the dates on their tombstones,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am going to make a very rare, very personal statement about Neil Armstrong: I am so saddened by Neil Armstrong's passing a few hours ago. I had the deep honor and pleasure to have met him on two occasions.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am nearing the end - really, the final end - of the remaining research for my dissertation. The next several months will be spent in reflection and writing (and checking, checking and rechecking source material) - then final submission... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
When I was an undergrad at Northwestern University, I studied early English interpretations - particularly those printed during the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I, and the *very* early portion of James I's time on the throne - of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/01/26/essay-how-university-responded-criticism-one-its-heroes In this day of the drumming up and beating down of heroes, as is wont to happen particularly in election years in which candidates want to evoke the names of their own illustrious predecessors (think Reagan, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln),... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
The Cincinnati Subway is a rather interesting odd chapter in the history of the old Midwest, and this one bears a bit of a retelling. Now I must reveal I am not originally from Memphis; I hail from the Buckeye... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
A Quick Introductory Note: First, I need you to be aware that, since I am a professional historian and history teacher, my discussion is geared almost exclusively toward the writing of the history paper. However, nearly all of it holds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
Teaching 101 Teaching is a wondrous process for both faculty and student. Not only am I forced to learn my subject areas to the point I can readily engage students in the art of critical thinking via showing other points... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am still brainstorming some of the things I should include in the next iteration of the class - which is just around the corner.Would you mind giving me some feedback if you have an opportunity? You can click the comments button below and it will hit my inbox for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Well, isn't this a coinkidink?? Disaster 1878 : First victim of Memphis yellow-fever epidemic dies http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-victim-of-memphis-yellow-fever-epidemic-dies Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Because of the issues we have been having with the software this week, I will extend the discussion board submissions until Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 5:00 pm. This is the same time as the Extra Credit submission due date/time. Laura Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Here is your extra credit question. Worth 20 points. NOTE THE DUE DATE – IT IS LATER THAN ALMOST ANYTHING ELSE: Extra Credit Question (Create a file and submit to Dropbox by 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 15, 2011. Worth 15 points) We have studied Tennessee History from paleohistory to present.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
I placed this post on our eCourseware site, but I also wanted to put it here in case the site goes down again, just so you have access to the information: Students - I am going to try to make this succinct; D2L went down at roughly 7:15 this morning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
One of your fellow students suggested that it might just be a good idea to post the final here... just in case, you know... Well, I thought it was a terrific idea, too. So, here it is! Tennessee History 2030 – M50 – Summer 2011 FINAL EXAM – Laura Perry,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Students - This is the very kind response I received from the Registrar. She and IT - and D2L - are doing everything they can to get us up and running. Please be aware of the alternative to which we may need to resort - and as soon as things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
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I don't know if you saw this before the site went down (which time? which time?), but thsi is a picture of my Great Grandfather George A. Stauffer, who was US Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio from October 1, 1921 to March 1, 1930 - a span of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!