The Rhodes College Department of History recently invited returning majors and minors along with first-year students interested in studying history to a fun-filled picnic in Oak Alley on campus.
“We had the opportunity to connect with one another and discuss our passion for history,” says Matthew Broussard ’20. “History is necessary for the human spirit to grow, to be nourished. To understand who we are and where we came from—that is found in history.”
Many history majors wore their new department T-shirts and took home bumper stickers to show “history pride.” After grabbing a bite to eat from the Hot Mess Burritos food truck or cooling down with a frozen treat from MemPops, students and faculty competed in games.
“It’s always great to spend time with students outside the classroom, getting to know them better,” says Prof. Jeffrey Jackson, chair of the history department. “We all have our love of history in common.”