History Matters (...and so does coffee!)

Conversations About History For Everyone
with Joanne Freeman

History Matters (…and so does coffee!) is a weekly webcast sponsored by the National Council for History Education featuring the teaching and scholarship of Dr. Joanne Freeman, a professor of history at Yale University and NCHE board member. Each episode features a conversation about an historic person, place, event, or piece of evidence; what it reveals; and how it emerges (or reemerges) in America today. Dr. Freeman begins with a short discussion of a topic, often connecting it to documents in the historical record, and then shows how it connects with the challenges and responsibilities of American citizenship in the here and now. Dr. Freeman also takes questions from the live webcast audience about the day's topic. History Matters (…and so does coffee!) is a fun, funny, interactive, educational, and--amidst our current challenges--important webcast for understanding how history happens and its vital relevance today. The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories. Through historical inquiry, NCHE empowers learners to research and interpret the past.

Upcoming

Date Live Air Time (via Zoom) Topic Join Link
January 21, 2021 10am ET TBD Join here
January 28, 2021 10am ET TBD Join here


Archives

2020 Season: History, Then and Now
Date Topic Video and Documents
April 9, 2020 Contingency Matters Watch here // Get document here
April 16, 2020 Feelings...Nothing More Than Feelings Watch here // Get document here
April 23, 2020 Fouled Foundations Watch here // Get document here
April 30, 2020 The Truth and Lies of Diaries Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
May 7, 2020 Insights from the Everyday Watch here // Get documents here
May 14, 2020 Being Persnickety with the Press Part One Watch here // Get documents here
May 21, 2020 Being Persnickety with the Press Part Two Watch here // Get documents here
May 28, 2020 Politics: It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere Watch here // Get document here
June 4, 2020 "Nobody But a Regular Woman": Women and Resistance Watch here // Get documents here
June 11, 2020 "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" Watch here // Get document here
June 18, 2020 Hissings, Coughings, and Hootings: The Nature of Protest -- Past and Present Watch here // Get document here
June 25, 2020 Fanatical Mobs and Government Plots: The Power and Pull of Conspiracy Theories Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
July 2, 2020 Hamilton and Hamilton: The Past, the Present, and How History Matters Watch here
July 9, 2020 Fears of Foreign Influence (and a brief Hamilton debriefing) Watch here // Get document here
July 16, 2020 Picking a President: The Founders Had Thoughts Watch here
July 23, 2020 Words Can Be Worth A Thousand Pictures: The Political Power of Words Watch here
July 30, 2020 Queries, Questions, Thoughts, Ideas: A Conversation Watch here
August 6, 2020 (Not) Talking About Slavery in Early America (Part of the NCHE Equity Summit) Watch here
August 13, 2020 Attack of the Amazon Women: Fears of Women and Political Power, 1789 Edition Watch here // Get document here
August 20, 2020 Why The Postal System Matters: A User's Guide to the Postmaster General's Testimony Watch here
August 27, 2020 Doomsday Politics: The Late 1790s and Now Watch here // Get documents here, here, here, and here
September 3, 2020 Campaigning for Office Past and Present: The Dangers of Demagogues Watch here
September 10, 2020 Anything Goes Watch here
September 17, 2020 "WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A REVOLUTION!": The Push and Pull of Extreme Rhetoric Watch here // Get document here
September 24, 2020 Hope Watch here
October 1, 2020 Debates and Democracy: A Conversation with Joanne Freeman and Heather Cox Richardson Watch here
October 8, 2020 When Political Parties Die Watch here // Get document here
October 15, 2020 Democracy in Action? What Do We Hear During Hearings? Watch here
October 22, 2020 Talking Dirty: Discussing Crises at Home and in School Watch here // Get document here
October 29, 2020 Democracy: A Plea Watch here // Get documents here and here
November 5, 2020 The Election: A Conversation Watch here
November 12, 2020 Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Difficult Transitions in Politics Watch here // Get documents here, here, and here
November 17, 2020 The Supreme(s) Watch here
November 26, 2020 Special Thanksgiving Day Messsage from History Matters (...and so does coffee!) Watch here
December 3, 2020 The Founders and Democracy: It's Complicated Watch here // Get documents here and here
December 10, 2020 Anything Goes, the Reboot! Watch here
December 17, 2020 The Bully Pulpit: Bullying as Politics Watch here
December 24, 2020 Special Holiday Episode Watch here
December 31, 2020 Special New Year's Eve Episode Watch here
2021 Season: Talking Democracy
Date Topic Video and Documents
January 7, 2021 Democracy and Violence Watch here
January 14, 2021 A Conversation: When There Are No Words Watch here