Blogging and a course on witch trials

Like my fiction blog, Sillyverse, this blog has been mostly inactive for a few years. Life, and death, got in the way. And just as I’ve resumed Sillyverse with a new story, so I’m restarting Sillyhistory.

Next week, I start teaching an online course called Burn the Witch! Witches and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe through the Cambridge (Mass.) Center for Adult Education (CCAE). Because it’s online, you don’t need to live near Cambridge to enroll (although I suspect if you live outside the U.S., this really won’t work well). And yes, it does have open spaces for people. You can check it out here. If you’re interested, consider enrolling!

I’m going to use this blog once again as something of a sidecar to my courses, among other things. So expect to see here articles on subjects related to what I’m teaching. I expect to post weekly.

Long live history!

The Witches’ Sabbath, painted in 1607 by Frans Franken II (1581 – 1642)

15 thoughts on “Blogging and a course on witch trials

    1. Brian Bixby Post author

      hank you. Although, I’m a bit sorry to say that I’ve had to spend so much time preparing the courses, that I haven’t yet got around to posting. Some will be forthcoming.

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  1. daseger

    I’ve taught a course on the European witch trials ever since I began my career at Salem State: when I began no one in this city seemed to realize there were witch trials elsewhere; now that is common knowledge, so progress. It’s still the most difficult class I teach, as I can’t get the students into the contemporary frame of mind–they’re always passing judgement.

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    1. Brian Bixby Post author

      Or the other reaction I run into is that they expect everything to be like Salem . . . however they understand it.

      If it’s all right with you, Donna, I’d like to look at your syllabus sometime. I prepared my course under the gun, because I could see COVID was going to close off my access to a library, so I had to make some serious compromises in my design, apart from probably being ignorant of much of the scholarship.



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