Because I was considering the possibility of majoring in history, I enrolled in the required historiography course, co-led by Raymond Betts. Professor Betts was notable for his erudition, his enthusiasm for his subject and discipline, and his eagerness to provide unusual learning opportunities for his students, and that sealed the deal.
We were challenged to consider deep questions that led well beyond the immediate subject matter. How do we know what we think we know? How do differences in perspective and methodology affect what we are able to learn? I’m still exploring these ideas, in many contexts.
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