100 episodes

Working Historians is a podcast series that showcases the work and careers of historians in a wide variety of career fields. The podcast’s primary goals are to introduce history students and the general public to the career paths available to people who study history, to introduce and promote historians to students and the public, and to showcase the work that historians do on a regular basis.

Rob Denning and James Fennessy host Working Historians. James was Associate Dean for History at Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus but now works for the federal government. Rob is currently Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at SNHU, primarily responsible for the online undergraduate and graduate history programs. Although the hosts have connections to SNHU, the podcast is not a production of SNHU and does not claim to represent SNHU in any way.

Working Historians Robert Denning and James Fennessy

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Working Historians is a podcast series that showcases the work and careers of historians in a wide variety of career fields. The podcast’s primary goals are to introduce history students and the general public to the career paths available to people who study history, to introduce and promote historians to students and the public, and to showcase the work that historians do on a regular basis.

Rob Denning and James Fennessy host Working Historians. James was Associate Dean for History at Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus but now works for the federal government. Rob is currently Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at SNHU, primarily responsible for the online undergraduate and graduate history programs. Although the hosts have connections to SNHU, the podcast is not a production of SNHU and does not claim to represent SNHU in any way.

    Juneteenth: The Second Independence Day

    Juneteenth: The Second Independence Day

    In this episode, Rob presents his research into quick questions from his employer's communications office regarding the history of the Juneteenth Holiday. He does not provide quick answers.

    • 12 min
    Working Historians Roundtable: Watergate

    Working Historians Roundtable: Watergate

    On the fiftieth anniversary of the Watergate break-in, Rob and six fellow historians discuss the international and domestic political contexts leading up to the event, the break-in and subsequent investigations, and the short- and long-term consequences of Watergate on American political and constitutional history.

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Careers in History: A Passion and Practicality Podcast

    Careers in History: A Passion and Practicality Podcast

    In this episode, re-broadcast from the Passion and Practicality podcast series, Rob discusses the skills that students learn while in pursuit of a history degree that will be valuable on the job market after graduation (even in fields that don't include the word "history"). He also describes some of the ways that students can prepare for the job market before graduation.


    Special bonus feature: To see Rob present this on camera, click here!

    • 13 min
    John Bertland - Digital Librarian and Content Specialist, Presidio Trust

    John Bertland - Digital Librarian and Content Specialist, Presidio Trust

    John Bertland is the Digital Librarian and Content Specialist for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, California. In this episode, we discuss John’s academic and professional background, his work at the Presidio Trust, and we end with a story about mules.


     


    Recommendations


    Harwood P. Hinton and Jerry Thompson, Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military, 1812-1863 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020) - recommended by John Bertland


    “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Internment” at the Presidio Officers’ Club, recommended by Jimmy


    Lizzie Johnson, Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire (New York: Penguin Random House, 2021), recommended by Rob

    • 58 min
    Constitution Day 2021

    Constitution Day 2021

    It’s Constitution Day, and we are celebrating with a roundtable discussion of elections, protests, and the transfer of political power in the context of the Constitution of the United States by a panel of historians including Natalie Sweet, Ryan Tripp, and Joel Tscherne. Associate Dean Robert Denning hosts the presentation. Listeners can access this presentation, and Constitution Day podcasts from previous years, on the Working Historians Podbean page, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and any other podcast app. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization. It is normally observed Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Joe Flickinger - High School Teacher and Local Historian

    Joe Flickinger - High School Teacher and Local Historian

    Joe Flickinger teaches high school history outside Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Vice President of the Green Township Historical Association. In this episode, Rob, Jimmy, and Joe discuss how to research and write local history, with examples from Joe’s writings on the Bridgetown Cemetery, suburbanization in Colerain Township, and the bicentennial of Green Township.


     


    Recommendations:


    Joe Flickinger, A History of Bridgetown Cemetery: Quietly Serving Cincinnati’s Western Hills for over 50 Years (Berwyn Heights, MD: Heritage Books, 2021) - recommended by Rob


    Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (New York: Penguin Random House, 2020) - recommended by Joe Flickinger


    Rachel Wolgemuth, Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) - recommended by Joe Flickinger


    Gideon Defoe, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell Off the Map (New York: Europa Editions, 2021) - recommended by Rob


    All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding, 1987-1997, Jeremy Elkins, dir. (2021) - recommended by Jimmy

    • 43 min

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An Excellent History Podcast!

The host’s of this podcast present history in a way that can be easily understood and enjoyed by all! I highly recommend this podcast!

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