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C-SPAN Films at Colorado College

C-SPAN has filmed various segments at Colorado College for inclusion in their 2014 Cities Tour program featuring Colorado Springs, scheduled to air Nov. 1-2. The program is part of the network's Book TV and American History TV series, which focuses on the literary life and history of a city.

Slated for inclusion is a segment filmed with Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the IDEA Space, which featured an exhibit on former Colorado Springs resident Nikola Tesla, and a segment filmed at The Press at Colorado College, featuring the First-Year Experience course titled Civilization in the West: Books, Beasts, and Being Human, taught by History Professor Carol Neel. The crew filmed the class touring The Press, looking at and talking about books and posters, and setting up and printing a demonstration print. They interviewed Aaron Cohick, printer at The Press, discussing The Press's history, how it works, and its mission.

Also slated for inclusion in the story is an interview with CC History Professor Anne Hyde, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Bancroft Prize for "Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860." Hyde also is the author of "An American Vision," which includes information about Colorado Springs and its early health and resort culture.

In a quirk of history, Hyde's grandmother was a student in Katherine Lee Bates's Shakespeare course at Wellesley in 1919. Bates penned the words to "America the Beautiful" after visiting the top of Pikes Peak while a summer professor at Colorado College. America fared better than Hyde's grandmother: The country got a beloved song; Hyde's grandmother got an F in the course.

Additional segments scheduled to be included in the Colorado Springs story are pieces on William Jackson Palmer, Spencer Penrose, Helen Hunt Jackson, Jason Lewis, the Garden of the Gods, and an interview filmed atop the 14,110-foot Pikes Peak.

"We travel to selected cities to feature the history and literary life of these communities," said Ashley Hill, producer of the program. "We've chosen cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities, but not often featured on the national scene. With our visit to each, we hope to bring a little of their heritage to our nationwide audience."

The Colorado Springs segments will air on C-SPAN 2 and C-SPAN 3, and also will be available on their website,, and in their video library.

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