Why I Teach History...


Today is a sad day in American history.  But 12 short years ago, it was just another day, unremarkable in every way.  While this week in history was notable (e.g., Sept. 14, 1901-McKinley dies of infection from gunshot wounds; Sept. 17, 1862-Battle of Antietam), September 11 itself had no historical milestones until 2001.  So, why study history, much less teach it?

President Harry S. Truman wrote that “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

For that reason (and several more), the two history professors on our schedule this fall have been teaching history for a combined 67 years at UST, with one continuing his passion for teaching history into his retirement years.

If you love history, you won’t want to miss the two classes starting on Tuesday, September 18:

  • “The Civil War:  The Second Year (1862)” with Dr. Joseph Fitzharris, and
  • “Losers Can Be Winners” with Dr. George Woytanowitz.

Each will be teaching on facets of history that are their respective passions.  You will come away refreshed on American history, and perhaps more importantly, appreciative of the various historical characters and events about which they will be teaching.

Author: Susan Anderson-Benson, Center Program Manager

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