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2018 – 20192018historycouncil

Back row

Lily Fitzpatrick, Jasper Fitzpatrick, Folke Egerstrom, Ricky Yates

Front row

Eric Dallesasse, Erica Williams and Molly O’Dunn

University of Mississippi Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Kaimara Herron, graduated from CC in 2016 major in history, was awarded the 2018-2019 Tennin-Alexander Prize for the best non-thesis graduate history paper for her work on “‘In the Hands of Responsible Persons’: Social Services, Memory, and Politics in the Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, 1904-1942.”

kaimara herron

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Induction Ceremony 

April 23, 2019

HC 4

 Left: Carol Neel, Claire Derry, Caitlin E. Laurence, Myca D. Steffey-Bean

HC Induction 1

Left: Lily W. Fitzpatrick and Eric Dallesasse

HC 5

Left: Myca D. Ste ey-Bean, Amy Kohout, Claire Derry, Caitlin E. Laurence and Jane Murphy

HC 2

Left: Kevin P. Merrigan, Sara J. Fleming, Folke C. Egerstrom, and Catherine E. Lucharss

HC Induction 3

Left: Jake Smith, Theodore C. Adams, Ricky R. Yates, and Daniel H. Feder-Johnson

New Inductees

Ray Barrie-Kivel*
Eric Dallesasse Catherine E. Luchars* Hailey E. Dennis*
Sara J. Fleming*
Kevin P. Merrigan* William Truett Davis* Ricky R. Yates* Theodore C. Adams* Folke C. Egerstrom*
Ian R. O’Shaughnessy* Lily W. Fitzpatrick Daniel H. Feder-Johnson Caitlin E. Laurence Paul Adler (faculty)


Inductees in Absentia

Shelby M. Patrick Anna M. Stern

Graduating Seniors Inducted in 2018 to receive cords:

Claire Derry
Sam Z. Fesshaie
Abe L. Lahr
Jaysha A. Schwindt Myca D. Steffey

Alpha-Pi-Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
April 27, 2018

New Inductees

Aaron R. Blinderman*
Mark K. Foreman*
Sam Z. Fesshaie
Mateo Gospic*
Valerie M. Hanna*
Clara R. Houghteling*
Abe L. Lahr
Will T. MacEwen
Sarah M. Reeve*
Henry M. Rigsbee*
Myca D. Steffey-Bean
Mostafa H. Zaki-Taha*
Ulices Piña
Jake Patrick Smith


Inductees in Absentia

Claire Derry*
Stephanie A. Kelly*
Isaac L. Rubinstein
Jaysha A. Schwindt

Graduating Seniors Inducted in 2017 to receive cords

Brittany Camacho
Madeleine D. Engel
Eviva I. Kahne
Rachael A. Maxwell
Shiying Cheng
Michael R. Sorensen
Sandor Z. Teleki
Ian H. Carey




HY 200/IT320 Art and Power

Using late medieval, Renaissance, and modern Italy as cases, the course explores the interactions of power and art. It examines how images, structures, and urban design reflect structures of power, and how the powerful deploy art and architecture as instruments of control.

The course focuses on Florence, with additional trips to Siena, Rome, and Venice. On-site visits supplement reading and discussions. COI.

A program fee covers travel, room, breakfast and dinner, and academic expenses. Financial aid available.

Please let me know if you’re interested. Email: or stop by office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:00, or by arrangement. Palmer 215F.

Application for Block 1 Paris course due first day of Block 5, January 22, 2018

Imagine spending block one in Paris next year!

In AH275/HY200 Nineteenth-Century Paris: Art and Cultural History
Professors Gale Murray and Tip Ragan
Paris, France

Next year, Gale Murray (Art History) and Tip Ragan (History) will offer AH/HY200, Nineteenth-Century Paris: Art and Cultural History, which will take place block one in Paris.

Course Description: In the nineteenth century, Paris reigned supreme as the cultural capital of Europe.  The cycles of revolution and the social instability resulting from industrialization served as backdrops in the city to the most important artistic and literary movements of the century, ranging from Romanticism and Realism to Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and fin-de-siècle decadence.
This course will investigate the birth of modern Paris by using the city as its laboratory.  Visiting monuments such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tour, and Sacré Cœur, as well as museums, including the Louvre, Orsay, and Marmottan, will prove central to this exciting intellectual odyssey.  Students will focus on representative artists, such as Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and read some of the most exciting literary texts by Hugo, Zola, and Huysmans in the context of exploring the City of Lights.

The course counts toward the major and minor in Art History or History.  In addition, it fulfills the social inequality requirement for general education.  It has no prerequisites, and knowledge of French is not necessary.  The program is a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students who want a study abroad experience.  We anticipate that it will fill up very quickly, so if you are interested, please contact us.  We will be happy to provide you with further information and put you on our contact list.

Applications will be made available in the near future.  Interviews will take place in block 5. Applications for financial aid will go live on Summit around March 1st. Financial aid for abroad classes runs out quickly, so those who apply early are most likely to get it. Students who are interested should email Gale Murray ( or Tip Ragan ( for more information. 


The CC History Council are history majors/minors who meet each block and put on history-themed events that speak to and inform our modern day problems.

2017 – 2018History-Council-2017.18

Back row

Aaron Blinderman, Jasper Coulter and Isaac Rubenstein

Front row

Eric Dallesasse, Eviva Kahne and Mads Engel

Bonjour from Paris!

Tip Ragan, Professor of History, and Gale Murray, Professor of Art, are co-teaching a summer course in Paris. Here, the professors join their 10 students to discuss “Huysmans’ Against Nature,” the most famous decadent novel of the 19th century. Following their intense discussion of this strange book, Ragan says the group collectively made a French picnic-style meal. “It was a huge amount of fun.” Photo by Sandy Kinnee.

Paris class with Tip

  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!
  • History Majors and Minors gathered the first Wednesday of 5th block to ring in the new year!

History Professor Susan Ashley Publishes New Book

History Professor Susan Ashley Publishes New Book

Colorado College Professor of History Susan Ashley has published a new book, “‘Misfits’ in Fin-de-Siècle France and Italy.” The book, published by Bloomsbury, focuses on conceptions of marginality in late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe.

As the 19th century drew to a close, France and Italy experienced an explosion of crime, vagrancy, insanity, neurosis, and sexual deviance. “‘Misfits’ in Fin-de-Siècle France and Italy” examines how the raft of self-appointed experts that subsequently emerged tried to explain this aberrant behavior and the many consequences this had.

Ashley considers why these different phenomena were understood to be interchangeable versions of the same inborn defects. The book looks at why specialists in newly-minted disciplines in medicine and the social sciences, such as criminology, neurology, and sexology, all claimed that biological flaws – some inherited and some arising from illness or trauma – made it impossible for these “misfits” to adapt to modern life.

Ashley then goes on to analyze the solutions these specialists proposed, often distinguishing between born deviants who belonged in asylums or prisons and “accidental misfits” who deserved solidarity and social support through changes to laws relating to issues such as poverty and unemployment.

The study draws on a comprehensive examination of contemporary texts and features the work of leading authorities such as Cesare Lombroso, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Théodule Ribot, as well as investigators less known now but influential at the time. The comparative aspect also interestingly shows that experts collaborated closely across national and disciplinary borders, employed similar methods and arrived at common conclusions.

You can find the book online here and in print here.

Alumni News

Marianna McJimsey, center, speaks to an audience during the release party for the book "The Windows of Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church" on Sunday.  

Spot Holmes' New Book - Every window tells a story at Grace and St. Stephens

Read the Gazette Article



 Alum Pam Riney-Kehrberg 

 Read the American Historical Association Webnews




Tucker Frank 1989 smiling (2)Our emeritus colleague Frank Hammond Tucker died on January 27, 2017. We in the History Department—and his students over many years at Colorado College—knew Frank not only as a scholar of Asian history but also as a polymath and outdoorsman. Frank was born December 29, 1923 in Millville, New Jersey. He studied as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University and its Peabody Conservatory, playing for a while with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and then completing his graduate study at Georgetown. He attended the Japanese Language School in Boulder, subsequently joining the Navy in 1943. Frank served for several years in Japan, then at the Naval intelligence school in Maryland. He was involved with the establishment of the Southeast Asian group in what later became National Security Agency. He belonged to a variety of historical societies and the Science Fiction Research Association, and was a leader in a variety of Colorado Springs benevolent societies.

Frank was a member of the History Department from 1963 to his retirement in 1989. In that period he authored three books: The White Conscience (1969), The Frontier Spirit and Progress (1980), and Knights of the Mountain Trails: A Century of Hiking in the Mountains and Parks of the Pikes Peak Region (2003). The first two of these studies bespoke his broad learning and skillful framing of large historical questions. The last was close to home and heart—an account of the elite culture of late nineteenth and twentieth century Colorado Springs as seen through the hiking club with which Frank adventured for decades, the Saturday Knights. Frank continued up until the last year of his life to be an active participant in our monthly departmental seminar. We will miss his deep intelligence, his profoundly gentlemanly manner, and the quick flash of his wit, but we are grateful to have been fellow-travellers along his long and richly varied career. Five boxes of his papers are preserved in Tutt Library’s Special Collections. Frank would smile to acknowledge this trove a lively resource for some future researcher into twentieth century scholarship, the love of nature, and service to nation and community.

Two Summer Student Research Assistantships

Robert D. McJimsey Summer Research - to support the development of students' research interests and skills through apprenticeship

Social Issues and Historical Contexts Summer students Assistantships - to develop both student research skills and student advocacy of the role of historical investigation in the remediation of contemporary social crises such as mass incarceration.

Applications due on first day of Block 7, March 23

Contact History office coordinator, Joanna Popiel (719-389-6523), or Professor Jane Murphy with any questions.