News & Events

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Upcoming Events

lego event poster Be part of the first ever Lego build of the Asante Palace (Ghana) and learn about African history, design, and pop culture from historian and graphic novelist, Trevor Getz and historian Tony Yeboah. Plus explore the original Lego art of Ekow Nimako.

Lego Build: April 12th, 12:15 pm. Tutt Library 105/102. 

  • Construct the Asante Palace
  • Watch Ekow Nimako's documentary Rebuilding the World
  • Build Ekow Nimako's arofuturist Lego masks
  • Freebuild famous African structures 
  • Eat pizza and salad!

Lecture: "Lego Histories from Above and Below: Racelessness, Globalization, and a World of Play" with Trevor Getz. April 11th, 5:30 pm. Timothy Fuller Event Space (Tutt Library). 










laurentdubois1What connects race, geogrpahy, and history?

From the early 1500s through to the era of the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase, French empire in the Americas reshaped cultural, economic, intellectual and political life on both sides of the Atlantic. But the legacies of this experience, including its impacts on the history of the United States, are often overlooked. In this talk, Laurent Dubois will explore how the French empire was structured during this period, focusing on the interconnections between seven river systems in Europe, Africa and the Americas, and reflect on how it shaped the modern world

Dr. Dubois is the John L. Nau III Bicentennial Professor in the History & Principles of Democracy and Director for Academic Affairs of the Democracy Initiative, University of Virgina.

 April 4th, 6:00 pm. Gates Common Room - Palmer Hall. 



Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan writer and activist, will share writing from his newly launched book, Nowhere to Call Home, which centers around the theme of "home." He will also share stories from his decades as an activist and explore the forms his resistance has taken over the years.

April 4th, 1:00 pm. Timothy Fuller Event Space. 









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Dr. Eric Saylor

Join us for a lecture, "The Composer in War Time: Ralph Vaughan Williams' Music of Conflict" with Eric Saylor of Duke University

War formed the backdrop to much of Vaughan Williams's life and career. His military service in the Great War and his contributions to life on the home front during World War II inspired both immediate creative responses—in works such as the Pastoral and Fifth symphonies, the chamber opera The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, and Thanksgiving for Victory—and later ones powerfully informed by his experiences, including the oratorio Sancta Civitas, the cantata Dona Nobis Pacem, the Sixth Symphony, and Job: A Masque for Dancing. This talk will explore the nature of Vaughan Williams's military service at the front and at home, exploring how his experience with and understanding of conflict shaped his artistry.

Novemeber 4th at 12:00 in the Timothy Fuller Event Space (Tutt Library) 

We welcome any requests for accessibility accommodations. Please contact Thecla at 

As part of the McJimsey Memorial Seminar sister lectures are also being held at UCCS and Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. For more information view our event page.


Equality Labs and the National Academic Coalition for Caste Equity (NACCE) are very excited to announce the first national conference on caste in higher education. This conference features renowned and leading student activists, academics, community organizers, union members, higher education staff and administrators, and civil rights leaders on building caste equity across colleges, universities, and other higher education settings. 

As the national civil rights movement for caste protections grows, this conference is a resource for college and university personnel to increase knowledge of caste, and gain resources on how to support caste oppressed students, staff, and faculty across higher education. 

Dr. Cornel West (Also known as Brother West) and Thenmozhi Soundararajan are the keynote speakers. Soundararajan is the cofounder and executive director of Equity Labs, the largest Dalit civil rights organization in the West. Dr. West has taught at Harvard, Princeton, and Union Theological Seminary on topics of "Black history, Black freedom, and Black love" as well as courses in philosophy, religion, and African American critical thought.

This event will be held October 14th-15th on zoom. Student registration is $50. For registration or more information please visit Caste in Higher Education Conference.

History majors gather in CossittJoin us October 4th at 12:15 in the Cossitt Amphitheatre for all things history (and lunch!). 

We will:

  • Introduce faculty and upcoming courses
  • Discuss vital capstone deadlines
  • Introduce new thematic tracks
  • Go over student research and writing opportunities
  • Elect history council 
  • And hand out history tshirts!

Please RSVP at 

"Originalism and the US Constitution in the Era of Crisis" 
- a discussion with Professors Paul Adler and Bryan Rommel-Ruiz. This event will be held in recognition of Constitution Day.  Join us Sept. 29th at 12:15 in the Timothy Fuller Event Space (Tutt Library). Lunch will be served. 
Please RSVP at or by emailing Thecla at with your name and any dietary restrictions. We also welcome requests for accessibility accommodations.

Misunderstood Martyr: The Radicalism of Martin Luther King with Dr. Paul Harvey
In celebration of his newly published book, Martin Luther King: A Religious Life" Dr. Paul Harvey will be delivering a lecture for the CC and UCCS community. This lecture, "Misunderstood Martyr: The Radicalism of Martin Luther King," explores the radical social vision of Martin Luther King Jr., one far afield from the tamed and domesticated King that is presented each year on the national holiday supposedly devoted to him. The talk will emphasize how, for King, political power and an attack on the social inequalities produced by the American economic system were fundamental to produce his vision of the beloved community. King's dream involved far more than the usual oversimplified summaries of it; it involved the realization of a radically egalitarian social democracy.
Nov. 30th at 7:00 pm - Gaylord Hall 

20th Century Multilingualism in Palestine with Dr. Jaber and Dr. Horesh 

During the 20th century, historic Palestine has seen a major shift in its linguistic configuration from a predominantly Arabic-speaking region to a multilingual one, where Modern Hebrew has assumed dominance, Arabic has been minoritized, and additional languages spoken by immigrants (e.g., Russian) have gained traction as well. This presentation offers a description and analysis of the sociolinguistic consequences of contact between Arabic and Hebrew as it is manifest today within this multilingual and multicultural setting. We highlight theoretical and practical implications of these developments for the understanding of the linguistic and sociopolitical developments in the region.

Dec. 5th at 1:30 in Palmer 233A 



Paul Adler Book TalkNo Globalization Without Representation with Paul Adler and Joseph McCartin

We all know that to truly address the great challenges of our time, like climate change, will require international solidarity and cooperation. Assistant Professor Paul Adler's book, No Globalization Without Representation, examines an important precedent for such cooperation: the movements that, from the 1970s to the early 2000s, challenged neoliberal globalization. Professor Adler will discuss his book and its larger implications with Professor Joseph McCartin of Georgetown University, a labor historian and director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

March 6th at 7:00pm. Timothy Fuller Event Space (Tutt Library)




For the Common Good: The Struggle for Workers Rights in Higher Ed and Beyond with Joseph McCartin

From Artificial Intelligence to Amazon warehouses, questions of labor are front and center in the national dialogue. This includes higher education. How can we think about the role of colleges and universities in providing a model of just and healthy relationships in the workplace? Professor Joseph McCartin, labor historian and founder of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor has spent decades working on these questions. In this talk, he will discuss this work in the context of how Catholic social teachings have provided one powerful lens to analyze and take action.

March 7th at 12:30pm. South Hall Commons. Lunch Served. 





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.


Cony Marquez lecture Join us April 15th at 1:00pm in the Timothy Fuller Event Space for a lecture with Cony Marquez - "Voices of Women in the Mexican Army: 1936-2018"
In the lecture, guest professor, Cony Marquez, will describe the important gender-oriented changes that are happening within the Mexican Army. She will detail her study about the women’s role in the army and in the construction of national identity and the modern Mexican State, analyzing their contributions with their own words. Enrollment of women in the military has seen unprecedented growth and Marquez will describe this phenomenon while discussing gender inequality and the challenges to adapting to a predominantly male institution highly scrutinized and yet still exclusionary. Current conditions demand a redefinition of the role of the army as this institution fights a War on Drugs causing citizens to experience constant insecurity, particularly in the Mexican border region.






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. 







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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