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Thinking Through History

Colette Higgins and Brian Cassity share ways to get a better perspective on history.

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a History Class.
(What do you really need to know?)

Are you a Visual, Kinetic or Auditory Learner?

When: Monday, January 26, 2015
Where: Lama 118 (Inside Library)
Time:12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

General Outline of Workshop

Introduction (Colette Higgins)

Why we Study History? (Brian Cassity)

History gives you knowledge and knowledge is power.

The McDonalds Workers vs Red Adair

McDonalds workers are not highly skilled labor - beeps and buttons determine the way how food is prepared.

If you think hiring a professional is too expensive, try hiring an amateur.
--Red Adair, Texas oil-well firefighter (More info)

Wlikipedia - Red Adair


Hellfighters (1968) Staring John Wayne


How do Historians make sense of the Past? (Colette Higgins)

Personal Time Line
Significant Events/Timeperiods

When Timeperiods (Brian Cassity)

Web of History
Remember Cause and Effect - not memorization of dates
Understand the Story!

Causal Chain of Events

Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
Political revolution - 1776
Enclosure Movement
Industrial Revolution
New Imperial Movement
World War I

What History? (Colette Higgins/Brian Cassity)

Primary Sources and Secondary Sources (9-11 PowePoint)

Primary Sources: photos, documents, journals, artifacts, email, cellphones, internet, newspapers etc...

Secondary Souces: history books, textbooks, encyclopedias, etc...

Historians use primary sources to write secondary sources
Need to use both - Primary Sources are subject to interpretation

Who of History? (Brian Cassity/Colette Higgins)

Previous to 1960's history keyed on the male leaders
After 1960's history looked at everyone and everything, "New Social History" (especially women and ethnicity)

"Hawaiian Time"
More recently we are looking at multiple perpectives (ie. Cook and the Hawaiians)
Looking both ways past and future

Updated History Internet Sources From Handout:

General information and tutorials on using the Internet applications
http://www.kcc.hawaii.edu/techprep/tp_soft_tut.html (error 404)

"Evaluation Quality on the Net" by Hope N. Tillman

"A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities" by Melvin E. Page

"MLA-Style Citation Format for Electronic Sources" by Janice R. Walker

"Research & Documentation in the Electronic Age" by Diana Hacker

The Yahoo! page with links to many historical sites.

This page lists a variety of sources relating to history.


Tobias, Cynthia Ulrich, The Way They Learn: How to Discover and Teach to Your Childs Strenghts. Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family Publishing. 1994.
(This book is in the SOS Reserve Collection. 09.13.04).

Wong Linda. Essential Study Skills. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997 (2000 edition in the SOS Reserve Collection)

Bulletins and Newsletters. Click Art Cartoons.

Brian Cassity's Book The 60's For Dummies - Press release (E841 .C328 2005)

Colette Higgins's Web Site: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~chiggins/

More SOS Workshops by Colette Higgins

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