Meet Annie Thorn, our new intern!
The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog is happy to announce that we have a new intern!
Annie Thorn, a first-year history major from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has joined the team for the 2019 Spring semester and (hopefully) beyond. Annie replaces Devon Hearn, who is off student teaching this semester in preparation for her May 2019 graduation.
Annie will be handling our “Morning Headlines” feature and will facilitate the ever-popular Author’s Corner feature. She will also be helping us with research and other TWOILH assignments.
I first met Annie when she came to my office as a high school senior with an interest in public history. I vividly remember my conversation with Annie, her sister, her mother, and a friend. She thought Messiah College was a bit too far from home, but I informed her that if my daughter Allyson could travel from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Calvin College then she could travel from Kalamazoo to Mechanicsburg to attend Messiah! She was convinced. (Or I like to think that’s how it happened). We often joke about waving to one another on the PA Turnpike as we pass each other going in the opposite directions! 🙂
As a first-year student, Annie is not sure how she will use her history major after she graduates. She is doing a public history concentration, but she also has an interest in ministry.
I am looking forward to working with her. Please use the comments section, Facebook, and Twitter to welcome Annie to The Way of Improvement Leads Home team!
We are back after an extended holiday break! I hope all our readers were able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holidays. I always look forward to the holidays as a time of relaxation, worship, family-time, and getting caught-up on reading. Here are a few things that happened over break:
On Christmas Eve I visited Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA. I bought some books for members of my family and I bought some books for myself:
I am almost done with Wolterstorff’s memoir. It is excellent.
On December 26, 2018, I was quoted in Carol Kuruvilla’s piece at the Huffington Post: “Americans Trust Clergy Less Than Ever, Gallup Poll Finds.”
On December 30, 2018, I published a piece at History News Network: “Trump’s White Evangelicals are Nostalgic for an American Past that Never Existed for Blacks and Others.” Most of the piece comes from my Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.
I learned that my piece “Why is Christian America Supporting Donald Trump?” was one of History News Network’s most popular posts for 2018.
I was thrilled to learn Believe Me inspired two of Jared Burkholder’s “Top Ten posts of 2018” at The Hermeneutic Circle.
On January 2, 2019, I was quoted in Greg Sargent’s Washington Post op-ed, “The walls around Trump are crumbling. Evangelicals may be his last resort.”
On January 2, 2019, I contributed to Jerome Socolovsky’s National Public Radio story: “Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives.”
And don’t forget our coverage of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. We have a great team of correspondents and will begin posting on January 3, 2019. Stay tuned!
If you are a regular reader of the “Morning Headlines” or the “Author’s Corner” here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you know the name Devon Hearn.
For the last eighteen months, Devon has been our trusted intern here at the blog. Every morning she searches news outlets for the latest headlines and posts them so that readers can think critically about the news presented to them by the media each day. And if you are an author whose book has been featured at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you corresponded with Devon. (Recently, one Ivy-league historian referenced her as “Fea’s blog editor”).
Along with her work at the blog, Devon was an indispensable research assistant in the writing of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. Funny story: Before I assigned Devon work related to Believe Me I asked her if she would have any problem doing research on a book that was critical of Donald Trump. She smiled , didn’t miss a beat, and said, “nope.” I smiled back and we were off and running! 🙂
Here is what I wrote about Devon in the acknowledgments: “A very big thank you goes to Devon Hearn, my research assistant. Devon has done the unheralded work of tracking down sources, requesting books through InterLibrary loan, and taking on tasks that have enabled me to write under a tight deadline. And she does it all with a smile on her face!”
Devon also helped me plan the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. I couldn’t have done it without her spreadsheets and administrative skills.
After Christmas break Devon will begin student teaching at a local high school in preparation for a career in the history classroom. She will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in history and a social studies certification. (If I remember correctly, she is also picking up a minor in ESL). Devon is going to be an absolutely phenomenal classroom teacher. If you have an opening in your school for Fall 2019 send me an e-mail. You would be crazy if you didn’t hire her! No, seriously, send me an e-mail!!!
I am going to miss Devon’s steadying influence and “can do” attitude. Thanks so much Devon for all your excellent work at The Way of Improvement Leads Home!
Some of you may have noticed that the “Morning Headlines” here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home have not been published in the last couple of days. We will be back in January! Thanks for your patience.
Is anyone interested in a writing a post or two (or three or four or five…) from the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago from January 3-6, 2019?
Once again The Way of Improvement Leads Home is looking for writers/correspondents to report from the conference.
What am I hoping for out of these posts/reports? Frankly, anything. Let the spirit move you. I would love to get general observations, reports on sessions you attend, job market updates, or any other kind of stuff you might have the time or inclination to write about.
Feel free to be as creative and journalistic as you want. My only requirement is that you write material while the conference is in session. I will try to get stuff posted here in real time (or thereabouts) during the conference.
Though we can’t pay you for writing, we can introduce you, your writing, and your online presence to a several thousand readers a day. Our posts on the AHA are regularly picked up at other sites and blogs as well.
If you are interested, shoot me an e-mail at jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu and we can get the ball rolling. In the meantime, check out our posts from other conferences to get an idea of what some of our previous correspondents have done:
2017 American Historical Association
2016 American Historical Association
I’m taking the weekend off. See you on Monday!