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photo provided by Thomas Harvell-DeGolier I’ve found my academic home at Trinity studying history. The department is dedicated to helping students and is filled with amazing people. Over my four years, I’ve grown to really appreciate the history faculty as they’ve guided my growth as a historian. This is my thanks to them. Jason Johnson, a historian of modern Germany, is more involved as the faculty sponsor of PRIDE than any other faculty sponsor I’ve...

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The Trinitonian has recently run a series of columns about the importance of civic engagement. From debating difficult issues with people with whom we disagree, to engaging with local politics, these pieces have stressed that college students have both the right and responsibility to make their voices clear in civic conversations. I have little to add to these editorials besides expressing my esteem and agreement. But when I think of civic engagement among young people,...

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“Why should I take a history class, Dr. Tam?” Indeed, this question is one that those of us in the humanities often are forced to address. In a world where our college graduates are increasingly wary of their job prospects in an uncertain economy, an education in history seems at best tangential to students’ broader career goals, and at worst a waste of time. Certainly, few conceptions could be further from the truth. Study after...

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On our first date, he bought me a mooncake. We strolled through the park behind New Town Plaza, a sprawling commercial metropolis only two train stops from my residence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He invited me to sit on quiet bench, where he cut the cake into four pieces. “We eat it for the mid-autumn festival, to celebrate the harvest moon,” he told me, presenting me a piece speared on a small...

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Leaders of a 2014 pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong involving thousands of students were sentenced to prison this August. This is one recent example of China’s storied legacy of youth protest, which is the expertise of Jeffrey Wasserstrom, chancellor’s professor of history at the University of California at Irvine. Wassterstrom is visiting Trinity on Thursday, Oct. 26, to give a lecture on Asian youth political movements. Wasserstrom focuses on Chinese youth culture and situating their...