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Prize-on-War,-Violence,-And-Human-Values-2.pngThe William Hochman Prize in War, Peace, and Human Values is awarded every year to honor student work on the experiences of war. Professor William Hochman was a World War II veteran, antiwar advocate, and tireless proponent for peace and human rights.  The History Department welcomes student submissions, which include essays, poetry, photography, videos, and other media, for this prize in memory of Bill Hochman.  Please send materials to Thecla Shubert ( by 18 April 2022.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Tip Ragan ( or Professor Jake Smith (  

The prize will be presented at the Honors Convocation in May. 

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Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan presents: "Caste in the United States: Dispatches from the Civil Rights Movement for Caste Equity in United States," 

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit rights artist, technologist, and theorist. She is the co-founder and executive director of Equality Labs, a Dalit civil rights organization that uses community research, cultural and political organizing, popular education, and digital security to build power to end caste apartheid, white supremacy, gender-based violence, and religious intolerance. 

Nov 10, 2021 04:00 PM MST.

This event is part of the year long lecture series: Forever Foreign: Asian America, Global Asia, and the Problem of Anti-Asian Racism. 

Register in advance for this webinar:

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Cultural Attractions Fund; National Endowment for the Humanities: MacLean Fund for the English Department; Department of History, Department of Political Science, the Butler Center; Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies; Center for Global Education and Field Study; and Feminist and Gender Studies.

Peter W. MartyPeter W. Marty, publisher of Christian Century and CC alumnus: "The Rise of Zero-Sum Thinking in American Political and Religious Life"
Partisanship and demonization of the other are huge problems in American public life today. But zero-sum thinking is what turns our divided society into a dysfunctional one. Once we convince ourselves that we’re dealing with a fixed quantity of prosperity or well-being, our approach to all kinds of societal issues turns competitive and ugly. The implications of zero-sum thinking affect how we approach racism, immigration, religion, poverty, and a host of other critical issues. Come and share in a conversation that looks beyond our most polarizing tendencies. This event is sponsored by the annual Robert D. McJimsey Memorial Seminar.

Nov. 5th at 1:00pm in the Timothy Fuller Event Space

This event will be in person and available to watch on Zoom. 

See event page for more information

Professor Tyler StovallProfessor Tyler Stovall Visits Colorado College

In this talk, Professor Tyler Stovall developed several of the underlying arguments made in his recent book, White Freedom. Dr. Stovall argued that in America, France, and other Western societies in the modern era, freedom is central to white racial identity, and whiteness is an essential component of freedom.  Building on his research, Professor Stovall explored how societies based on liberty, like the French and American republics, could without contradiction also practice racism against peoples of color because those who were not white by definition could not be free.  He demonstrated how the clarion call of liberty in those societies derived its force in part from its appeal to race.

Professor Stovall is dean of the graduate school of arts and sciences at Fordham University and former president of the American Historical Association. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including Transnational France: The Modern History of a Universal 

White Freedom Book by Tyler StovallNation, Black France/France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness, and Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light. This year, he published White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea. This talk was the inaugural lecture in a lecture series brought to you by European Studies and an interdisciplinary program. Dr. Stovall’s visit to Colorado College was also made possible by support from the History Department, Africana Studies, the President’s Office, the Dean’s Office, and the Hochman Chair in History.

History majors also had the great privilege of meeting with Dr. Stovall in a more intimate setting for lunch and a discussion of his book White Freedom.



Sand Creek MassacrePlease join Prof. Amy Kohout for a "Teach In" about the Sand Creek Massacre.  On November 29, 1864, 675 Colorado militia killed more than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho People, mostly women, children, and elderly in southeast Colorado. This event will be held December 1st from 3:00-4:00pm at the Sacred Grounds (near Shove Chapel). 





Somewhere Between Movie PosterA screening of the documentary film Somewhere Between, a film on Chinese adoptions, with a discussion lead by professors John Williams and Jason Weaver following. 

Thursday, December 2nd at 3:00pm in the Cornerstone screening room. 

Film synopsis: 

In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton [The World According to Seasme Street] has created a deeply moving documentary illustrating that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989—a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy—the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.


This event is part of an ongoing series: Forever Foreign: Asian America, Global Asia, and the Problem of Anti-Asian Racism. Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Cultural Attractions Fund; National Endowment for the Humanities: MacLean Fund for the English Department; Department of History, Department of Political Science, the Butler Center; Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies; Center for Global Education and Field Study; and Feminist and Gender Studies.

History Major Ben Gellman '22 and Deksyos Damtew ’22 Project for Peace Winners

Colorado College students Ben Gellman ’22 and Deksyos Damtew ’22 have been awarded a Davis Projects for Peace award for their project, “Cultivating Youth Advocacy: Civics Education in Colorado." Learn more about Ben Gellman and Deksyos Damtew's project here.


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.

History Council 2020-2021:

Danny Corrigan, Grace Wade-Stein, Arielle Gordon, Patrick McGinnis, and Hope Moodey

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


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


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

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

Inductees to Phi Alpha Theta

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

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.

Professor Tip Ragan and Students holding a class discussion in Paris

History Professor Susan Ashley Publishes New Book

Professor Susan Ashley

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.

Milestones in History

 Tucker Frank, 1989Our 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.

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