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‘Footnoting History’ Goes from Strength to Strength

 

Footnoting History

We previously reported how The Canadian Broadcasting Company included the podcast “The Royal Teeth of Louis XIV“, an episode of Footnoting History by  Christine Caccipuoti, on their list of “10 History Podcasts You Need to Hear.”  The episode, produced by Fordham graduate alumna Christine Caccipuoti, went viral, and  was downloaded more than 8,000 times.   Right now, Footnoting History is the featured podcast on History Podcasts and on March 19, Footnoting History podcasters will be hosting an AMA (“Ask me Anything”) on Reddit.

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge is a Fordham Doctoral candidate and producer of Footnoting History

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge is a Fordham Doctoral candidate and producer of Footnoting History

Footnoting History was conceived of by Fordham Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and the podcasts began in 2013. She told the Fordham News that “she started the series as a sort of “career plan B,” in case the coveted job of university professor eludes her upon graduation.”  New episodes are released biweekly, and the various speakers bring to life quirky and interesting aspects of history that are often over looked.  Some of their most recent episodes include: Apples in America, The Great Medieval Canon Law Forgery, and Sherlock Holmes in Popular Culture.

Footnoting History also offers five unique on-going ‘Special Series’. For those who love ‘man’s best friend’ you might enjoy the Doggy History series which includes episodes like Dogs: The Final Frontier and Mush! A Short History of Dog Sledding.  The on-going specials also include Film History (with episodes like The Birth of the Blockbuster)  Running History  (the third episode is titled The Origin of the Marathon: Linking Past to Present),  Revolutionary History (Empress Eugenie in Exile Part II: Life After Empire) and Medieval  Conspiracy Theories (which features episodes like The Husband Killing She-Wolf of Naples).

The image above is used for the the Mush! Short History of Dog Sledding episode.

The image above is used for the the Mush! Short History of Dog Sledding episode.

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge told the Fordham News, “We see ourselves as everyone’s quirky friend who always has a historical anecdote/reference whenever out socializing.” She credits the success of Footnoting History with the podcasts friendly conversational tone. She explains the team strives “not to sound like teachers” and that podcasters speak  on a level that is understandable and yet not condescending to their audience.  History podcasts and blogs are now a popular source for information and entertainment for students in secondary school and hobbyist historians.

Footnoting History is an exciting example of  presents a unique and exciting opportunity for academic historians to share their love and passion for history with friends and family.

 

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge,  Christine Caccipuoti and the entire Footnoting History team on a job well done. We certainly look forward to following their insightful podcasts.

Listen to Footnoting History here.

Click here to read the Fordham News article about Footnoting History 

 

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“Footnoting History” Ranked In Top Ten Podcasts

Christine Caccipuoti, Fordham MA and History Podcaster

Christine Caccipuoti, Fordham History MA and Internationally Recognized History Podcaster

Footnoting History, your band of merry podcasters comprised of many alums and current graduate students of Fordham’s history department, are pleased to announce that one of our recent episodes has been singled out by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s CBC Radio as a history podcast “you need to hear”!

In “The Royal Teeth of Louis XIV,” Christine explains how King Louis XIV of France may be known as the “Sun King” but not everything about his life was bright and splendid. In this episode she discusses the crippling dental difficulties that plagued Louis and possibly increase your appreciation of modern anesthesia.

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Johnathan Pettinato (PhD Fordham, 2014) to Teach at The College of Wooster

Dr. Johnathan Pettinato

Dr. Johnathan Pettinato, a May 2014 graduate of the Fordham History Department’s doctoral program, has recently accepted an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of British History at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  He will be teaching five courses over the next year.  Three of these courses will be traditional lecture courses on western civilization, Tudor and Stuart Britain, and Modern Britain.  The two remaining courses will be first-year, writing-intensive seminars on the British Empire.  Every student at Wooster must take one of these seminars in which they initiate, develop, and complete an individualized research project.  In addition to his teaching duties, he will mentor several seniors throughout the year as they write their theses.  Each senior at Wooster must complete a thesis as part of the Independent Study Program.  These theses are then presented at a day-long, college-wide research symposium at the end of the spring semester.  He will also act as reader on other theses being mentored in the department.  Following his graduation last May, Johnathan held two full-time appointments at Fordham University: as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the History Department for Fall 2014 and as Lecturer in the English Department for Spring 2015.

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Craig Steven Wilder, our History Day Keynote Speaker

WilderatSt.Johns3_The History Department is excited to welcome back Fordham College Alum Craig Wilder, who will deliver the keynote address at our Third Annual History Day. His talk is entitled: “How Slavery Shaped Schools: Northern Opposition to Black Education in Pre-Civil War America.” The talk will beheld on Thursday, February 20, at 6PM in Flom Auditorium on the Rose Hill Campus. Continue reading

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