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“I’m really happy to talk about history because

I find it a very exciting thing that helps us to understand

the present and figure out how to analyze all

the different things around us.” That is the way Dr.

Katherine Pence explains why studying history is

important beyond the stereotype of being a subject

about dates and names.

“It’s good to have few dates in mind so you can

figure out causes and effects and what comes before

and after a certain date, such as the end of World

War II in 1945. The world changed dramatically after

that date,” Pence explains. “The most important

thing is to figure out how to analyze what was going

on in the past in order to deconstruct and figure out

how we got to where we are today.”


This work was originally published in College Talk.

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