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Category: Fall 2023 AU Magazine

New Cybersecurity Master’s Program

Written by Ed Welch The Anderson University Center for Cybersecurity has introduced a fully online master’s degree program to better prepare professionals to meet mounting challenges in the field of

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Jason’s Column

Anderson University was founded in 1911, but the institution’s rich future was set into motion long before that. There have been so many different people that have played roles in

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Sam & Tom Thrift

Written by Beth Friend Chances are, few Anderson University students know the names Sam and Tom Thrift But campus wouldn’t look the same without them. Indeed, you would be hard

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Dr. Clayton King

Written by Andrew J. Beckner Clayton King wants to admit something It’s a Monday afternoon, and he’s sitting in his kitchen, looking totally relaxed. Never mind that in 12 hours

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Renberg’s Innovative Approach to Learning History Inspires

Written by Ed Welch

History isn’t just about the past. It continues to speak to us. Dr. Lynneth Renberg, assistant professor of history in the Anderson University College of Arts and Sciences, shows students how to connect with history in engaging, thought-provoking ways.

“History isn’t just about the past. It continues to speak to us. Dr. Lynneth Renberg, assistant professor of history in the Anderson University College of Arts and Sciences, shows students how to connect with history in engaging, thought-provoking ways.

“I think history has a lot in common with mysteries and with detective stories. You’ve got these fragments, these pieces of knowledge, and you have a kind of puzzle, so as much as possible I try to create spaces for students to do that themselves in my classroom,” she said. “I lecture for as much of my classes as I need to to give the context, to allow students to then do that detective work, because I think that’s what makes history exciting. It allows for that exploration and for that kind of personalization of questions in a way that can be really fulfilling even if you don’t think you’re interested in history.”

Dr. Renberg has always loved history, but was unsure of how exactly to incorporate that interest into a career.

“It wasn’t the first thing I went to to think about as a career, but once I started putting these pieces together of all the different things I loved, it became pretty clear teaching history was a good fit for me and my interests,” she said.

Her primary areas of research have focused on Europe in the Middle Ages and the early modern era. She spent a year in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews studying modern European history—specifically 19th-century life, ranging from the Victorian monarchy to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas—before completing her Ph.D. in medieval history. She has also published and contributed to scholarly articles about medieval history.

‘I think history has a lot in common with mysteries and with detective stories. You’ve got these fragments, these pieces of knowledge, and you have a kind of puzzle, so as much as possible I try to create spaces for students to do that themselves in my classroom.

Dr. Lynneth Renberg
Assistant Professor of History

Beyond Anderson University, Dr. Renberg has teamed up with colleagues on an international scale. Last spring, she attended a collaborative conference symposium with academics, artists and activists in Oslo, Norway. They were working together to consider medieval understandings of religion, race, identity and belonging through the writings of 12th Century cleric Gerald of Wales. Participants included scholars and artists from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, the UK, Australia and Canada.

“It’s been a really great opportunity to get to be involved. I think the most rewarding part so far has been the chance to get to know and collaborate with such a diverse international group. Hearing their perspectives has been incredibly enriching,” she said.