Colorado College News: Southwest Studies, Southwest Studies’ Karen Roybal Publishes New Book Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:15:00 MST ]]> <p>Assistant Professor of&nbsp;Southwest Studies Karen Roybal has published a new book, &ldquo;Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848&ndash;1960.&rdquo;<br /><br />Roybal says her goal in writing the book &ldquo;was to document what I thought was really a hidden history of women within the history of land tenure in the Greater Southwest.&rdquo;<br /><br />The book, published by the University of North Carolina Press, notes that one method of American territory expansion in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands was the denial of property rights to Mexican landowners, which led to dispossession. Many historical accounts overlook this colonial impact on Indigenous and Mexican peoples, and existing studies that do tackle this subject tend to privilege the male experience.<br /><br /> Roybal recenters the focus of dispossession on women, arguing that gender, sometimes more than race, dictated legal concepts of property ownership and individual autonomy. Drawing on a diverse source base&mdash;legal land records, personal letters, and literature&mdash;Roybal locates voices of Mexican American women in the Southwest to show how they fought against the erasure of their rights, both as women and as landowners.<br /><br />Woven throughout her analysis are these women&rsquo;s <em>testimonios</em>&mdash;their stories focusing on inheritance, property rights, and shifts in power. &ldquo;The women&rsquo;s <em>testimonios</em> contribute to an expanding alternative archive of the Borderlands that challenge nineteenth- and twentieth-century male-centric narratives of land grants and the male bias in more generalized treatments of land issues,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;Roybal positions these <em>testimonios</em> as an alternate archive that illustrates the myriad ways in which multiple layers of dispossession&mdash;and the changes of property ownership in Mexican law&mdash;affected the formation of Mexicana identity. &ldquo;Archival research is not only about finding materials to tell stories about the past &ndash; it is about the reciprocal relationship between the past and how it impacts the present,&rdquo; she says.</p> Frances Heiss ’15 Weaves Interrelated Subjects Together Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:30:00 MDT <p><b>Frances Heiss &rsquo;15</b> is weaving a lot &ndash; literally &ndash; into her senior capstone project. The Southwest Studies major is combining her research into Navajo textiles with the 2014-15 Andrew Norman Lecture and the screening of the <a href="">documentary film &ldquo;Weaving Worlds&rdquo;</a> at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. Before showing the movie, Heiss will introduce Marsha Weisiger, the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History at University of Oregon and a scholar of environmental history and the American West.</p> <p>Beginning with an environmental history of sheep, specifically Navajo Churro sheep and the decline and destocking of the sheep&mdash;which Weisiger will discuss following the documentary&mdash; the opening conversation will set the stage and provide a historical understanding of the role sheep play within Navajo culture, as well as how vital they are to an ongoing weaving tradition among the Navajo.</p> <p>Following the film Weisiger will lead and Heiss will co-faciliate a panel discussion on &ldquo;Weaving Worlds.&rdquo;&nbsp;The film highlights the untold stories of the personalities and characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs and presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving in the face of increased globalization.</p> <p>Heiss uses a an inter-disciplinary approach to her capstone project, including environmental history, a discussion of frontier commerce, museum studies, immersion in culture through weaving samples and traveling to a weaving community in New Mexico. &ldquo;The combination of these approaches provides a better understanding of Navajo weaving rather than simply focusing on a single aspect,&rdquo; Heiss said.</p> <p>Arriving at her capstone topic was a slow process, she said. &ldquo;I had never woven anything prior to Jeanne Steiner&rsquo;s Fiber Arts class, which I took the first block of my senior year. I was in the process of reshaping my thesis&mdash;wishing to include some sort of multimedia in addition to a paper&mdash;when I learned how to weave.&rdquo; Heiss immediately decided to focus her thesis around weaving &ndash; specifically Navajo weaving. &ldquo;From here, the multiple different components I have in my thesis, including environmental history, a discussion of frontier commerce, museum studies and immersion in culture through weaving samples and traveling to a weaving community in New Mexico, all came into place,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Steiner put her in contact with Michael Howell at the nearby Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, who helped Heiss with the handling and examination of Navajo textiles. Professor Eric Perramond also was instrumental in providing support and information, especially concerning environmental history and discussion of frontier commerce, Heiss said.<br /> <br /> She applied for and received two grants, the Keller Family Venture Grant and the Joel T. Benezet grant in Southwest Studies, which enabled her to complete her research. &ldquo;With these grants, I was able to travel to La Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, New Mexico, a more than 100-year-old weaving community center that has its own flock of Navajo Churro Sheep. While at La Tierra Wools, I purchased naturally dyed wool, which I completed my weaving replications with. In addition, while there I experienced an active weaving community center and showroom, where I was able to interact with other weavers and experience a weaving community,&rdquo; Heiss said.</p> <p>Back at Colorado College, she wove her own replications of Navajo textiles in the Fiber Arts Studio in Worner Center and handled the actual Navajo textiles that are owned by Colorado College and housed at the Fine Arts Center. &ldquo;My final Capstone Project is a compilation of all these aspects, including a research paper and five textiles,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</p> Two CC Students Named Watson Fellows Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 MDT <p>Two Colorado College students have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships. <b>Meredith Bird &rsquo;15, </b>of Boston,<b> </b>and <b>Alexander Suber &rsquo;15, </b>of Highland Park, Illinois,<b> </b>were selected from a field of 700 candidates, of which 150 finalists were nominated&nbsp;to compete on the national level and 50 fellows were selected.<br /><br />Bird&rsquo;s project, titled &ldquo;Hungering to Feed,&rdquo; will take her to Spain, India, Tanzania, and Uganda. &ldquo;The symptoms of food inequality come in many forms, such as food insecurity, malnutrition, obesity, diabetes, and food waste,&rdquo; wrote Bird in her proposal. &ldquo;All of these pose a monumental threat to the health of communities worldwide. During my Watson year I will explore the different facets of food inequality and how they are dealt with, or not dealt with, in different countries across the globe. Specifically, I will look at the roots, manifestations, and cultural implications of food inequality. I will learn from both those who are leading initiatives to confront food inequity in their communities and those who are most affected by food inequality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Suber&rsquo;s project, titled &ldquo;The Empathy Machine: Exploring Global Cinema&rsquo;s Transformative Potential,&rdquo; will take him to China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Egypt. &ldquo;Cinema has become one of the dominant forms of storytelling across the globe,&rdquo; Suber wrote in his proposal. &ldquo;The film critic Roger Ebert once described it as &lsquo;a machine that generates empathy.&rsquo; We go to movies to feel for the characters on screen. With the rise of international distribution and movie metropolises, what effects is cinematic fiction having on spectators across cultures? What are the different intentions and muses of filmmakers? On my Watson year, I will live with families to explore the role of cinematic fiction in everyday lives and shadow professionals to uncover why they bring certain images to the screen. By traveling to five countries and comparing the dynamic role that film plays in each, I aim to explore the intersections between politics, cultural desire, and ideology as they relate to the cinema.&rdquo; Suber also will <a href="">blog about his experiences and observations</a>.</p> <p>Bird, a Southwest Studies major, is one of the founding members of Colorado Springs Food Rescue. Suber, a philosophy major and film studies minor, has served as the State of the Rockies videographer and interned with a documentary film company while working on his own documentary.</p> <p>Bird and Suber are in the 47<sup>th</sup> class of Watson Fellows, which draws from eight countries and 19 states. They&rsquo;ll traverse 78 countries exploring topics ranging from artificial reef communities to criminal justice; from cross-cultural comedy to global cinema; from childhood education to smart grids. &ldquo;Each of this year&rsquo;s fellows has taken an organic interest and crafted it into a bold, one-of-a kind world pursuit,&rdquo; said Chris Kasabach, executive director of the Watson Foundation. Fellows receive $30,000 for 12 months of travel, college loan assistance as applicable, and an insurance allowance.</p> <p>The Watson Foundation was established in 1961 by Jeannette K. Watson in honor of her late husband, Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM. In 1968, in recognition of Jeannette and Thomas Watson&rsquo;s long-standing interest in education and world affairs, their children decided that the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program should constitute a major activity of the foundation.</p> CC, UCCS Collaborate on Fort Carson Research Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:30:00 MST <p>A Colorado College professor and UCCS professor have spent more than seven years tracking the efforts of the U.S. military to expand the Army base at Fort Carson and the rural resistance against it. Research by UCCS Associate Professor of Geography David Havlick and Colorado College Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Southwest Studies Eric Perramond has resulted in an article in the journal <i>Environment &amp; Planning D: Society and Space</i>. Titled <a href="">&ldquo;Militarized spaces and open range: Pi&ntilde;on Canyon and (counter)cartographies of rural resistance,&rdquo;</a> the piece examines<b> </b>how rural communities in Colorado have confronted military expansion.<br /><br />In the article Havlick and Perramond, who also is the director of Colorado College&rsquo;s State of the Rockies Project, note that although there have been a series of base realignments and closures during the past three decades that have streamlined U.S. military holdings nationwide, the Army base at Fort Carson has been growing.<br /><br />In 1983 Fort Carson expanded into a 95,500-hectare training area in southeastern Colorado known as the Pi&ntilde;on Canyon Maneuver Site. In 2006 the Army announced plans to expand the site by 169,000 hectares. Under the Army&rsquo;s proposal, a significant portion of southeastern Colorado would be transformed into the largest Army training ground in the U.S. This prospect galvanized a diverse coalition of rural residents to oppose the Pi&ntilde;on Canyon expansion.<br /><br />Havlick and Perramond&rsquo;s research, begun in 2007, examines how the principal actors in this case&mdash;the U.S. Army and a rural citizen opposition coalition&mdash;mobilized different narrative and political strategies based on substantially contrasting cartographic representations to shape the debate and construct contested geographies of this space as military training ground versus open range.<br /><br />The article notes that as of 2014, the expansion of the Pi&ntilde;on Canyon Maneuver Site is on hold, although there is no guarantee that the base or military area expansion will not proceed in the future.</p> Inaugural Southwest Photo Contest a Success Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:08:00 MST ]]> <p>Southwest Studies held a photo contest as part of its Southwest Week, Nov. 10-14. The contest was open to the Colorado College community, and approximately 50 entries were received.</p> <p>The contest, held for the first time this year, featured three categories: culture, landscape, and people. &ldquo;We held the photo contest because we wanted to highlight the visual imagery of the Southwest region, which has a long history of representational and interpretive&nbsp;art,&rdquo; said Steve Weaver, technical director of geology and one of the contest&rsquo;s three judges. &ldquo;We wanted to give the Colorado College community the opportunity to show their personal work and vision of the region.</p> <p>"We were very pleased&nbsp;with the quality of the photographs submitted for the contest,&rdquo; said Weaver, whose photos have been featured every year on the Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card and poster since the program began 12 years ago. &ldquo;It was difficult to select the winners from all the submissions,&nbsp;but we feel that the winning&nbsp;images truly best communicate the culture, landscape, and people of the Southwest."</p> <p>The winners in the culture category were <b>John Nestler &rsquo;15</b>, first place; Calla Jacobson, second place; and <b>Sierra Wilbar &rsquo;18</b>; third place.</p> <p> <a href="/dotAsset/5309d257-5a13-4d04-b5f1-02e40376ec4f.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Culture: first place photo by John Nestler '15"><img src="/contentAsset/image/5309d257-5a13-4d04-b5f1-02e40376ec4f/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Culture: first place photo by John Nestler '15" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/1fec7092-0c19-4f0c-8420-b42f0b84d6da.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Culture: second place photo by Calla Jacobson"><img src="/contentAsset/image/1fec7092-0c19-4f0c-8420-b42f0b84d6da/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Culture: second place photo by Calla Jacobson" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/15a77ffc-995f-4c59-abd9-2edc6da0edff.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Culture: third place photo by Sierra Wilbar '18"><img src="/contentAsset/image/15a77ffc-995f-4c59-abd9-2edc6da0edff/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Culture: third place photo by Sierra Wilbar '18" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> </p> <p>The winners in the landscape category were <b>Soren </b><b>Frykholm &rsquo;18</b>, first place; Calla Jacobson, second place; and Mike Procell, KRCC operations manager, third place.</p> <p> <a href="/dotAsset/f8055e6b-a316-4b28-86ce-bcc5aef349f1.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Landscape: first place photo by Soren Frykholm '18"><img src="/contentAsset/image/f8055e6b-a316-4b28-86ce-bcc5aef349f1/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Landscape: first place photo by Soren Frykholm '18" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/1802826c-b5c4-49d7-9878-84768ca3da5e.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Landscape: second place photo by Calla Jacobson"><img src="/contentAsset/image/1802826c-b5c4-49d7-9878-84768ca3da5e/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Landscape: second place photo by Calla Jacobson" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/a07ab86d-6bee-46dd-bd78-c6cfb3bffb2b.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="Landscape: third place photo by Mike Procell"><img src="/contentAsset/image/a07ab86d-6bee-46dd-bd78-c6cfb3bffb2b/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="Landscape: third place photo by Mike Procell" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> </p> <p>The winners in the people category were <b>John Nestler </b><b>&rsquo;15</b>, first place; <b>Adam Young &rsquo;16</b>, second place; and <b>Sabrina Piersol &rsquo;17</b>, third place.</p> <p> <a href="/dotAsset/4ab33604-1fb6-472c-8a1e-2d9560292c15.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="People: first place photo by John Nestler '15"><img src="/contentAsset/image/4ab33604-1fb6-472c-8a1e-2d9560292c15/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="People: first place photo by John Nestler '15" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/da5a8c5b-d289-45b5-8889-208c1399854d.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="People: second place photo by Adam Young '16"><img src="/contentAsset/image/da5a8c5b-d289-45b5-8889-208c1399854d/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="People: second place photo by Adam Young '16" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> <a href="/dotAsset/89783224-a8fb-4228-b3e5-a2cc2a93521e.jpg" class="lightbox" rel="next" data-lightboxcaptionhtml="People: third place photo by Sabrina Piersol '17"><img src="/contentAsset/image/89783224-a8fb-4228-b3e5-a2cc2a93521e/fileAsset/filter/Resize/resize_w/200" width="200" alt="People: third place photo by Sabrina Piersol '17" class="photo" hspace="3" /></a> </p> <p>The winning photos were matted, mounted, and displayed in the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, then given to the photographers as prizes.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was difficult to choose between all the creative and interesting work that was submitted for the contest,&rdquo; said Assistant Art Professor Emma Powell, one of the contest judges. &ldquo;I was drawn to photographs that were both technically proficient and stayed with me after the first look.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Having judged many&nbsp;photo contests, it was good to see&nbsp;us struggle a bit trying to pinpoint who the winners were,&rdquo; said Staff Photographer Bryan Oller. &ldquo;To me that&rsquo;s&nbsp;a strong indicator of the&nbsp;many talented photographers who submitted their images.&nbsp;I loved seeing all these beautiful&nbsp;visual &nbsp;interpretations of the Southwest. &nbsp;Next year will be even better.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Southwest Week activities were co-sponsored by the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies and Film and New Media Studies.</p> Humans, Environment, and Geography Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:37:00 MDT ]]> <p>Eric Perramond, associate professor of Environmental Science and Southwest Studies at Colorado College, is co-author of a new book, &ldquo;An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes.&rdquo;<br /><br />The book, published by Wiley-Blackwell, explores various theoretical approaches to human-environment geography, and demonstrates how local dynamics and global processes influence how people interact with their environments. Additionally, the textbook:</p> <ul style="overflow: hidden;"> <li>Introduces students to fundamental concepts in environmental geography and science</li> <li>Explores the core theoretical traditions within the field, along with major thematic issues such as population, food and agriculture, and water resources&nbsp;</li> <li>Offers a unique view of the spatial relationships between humans and their environment across geographical locations around the world</li> <li>Includes a variety of real-world policy questions and emphasizes geography&rsquo;s strong tradition of field work by featuring prominent nature-society geographers in guest field notes</li> </ul> <p>Perramond, a former Fulbright-Garc&iacute;a Robles fellow to Mexico, also is the author of &ldquo;Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions.&rdquo; He is an ACM Newberry Faculty Fellow for Fall 2013. The book is co-authored with William G. Moseley, Macalester College; Holly M. Hapke, East Carolina University; and Paul Laris, California State University at Long Beach.</p> Santiago Guerra's dissertation receives award Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:05:00 MDT <p><span style="font-size: small;">Santiago Guerra, visiting assistant professor in Southwest Studies, has received the National Association of Chicana/ Chicano Studies Tejas Foco award for his dissertation, &ldquo;From <em>Vaqueros</em> to <em>Mafiosos</em>: A Community History of Drug Trafficking in Rural South Texas.&rdquo;<br /></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Guerra is a social/legal anthropologist who specializes in the social construction of illegality, criminality, and policing along the South Texas-Mexico border. He is also a specialist on South Texas border material culture and folklore, especially as they pertain to the ranching traditions of Greater Mexico, and U.S.-Mexico border history, and border life in general. His research focuses on understanding the historical and contemporary impact of drug trafficking and border policing on social life in U.S.-Mexico border communities, and also interrogates how these processes intersect with larger political debates regarding undocumented immigration in the U.S.<br /><br />Among the courses he has taught at Colorado College are An Introduction to the Southwest, The Drug War, The Mexican Immigrant Experience, and Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest.</span></p> Anne Hyde's New Book Helps Reassess Western History Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:00:00 MDT <div><span>Anne Hyde, Colorado College professor of history and Southwest studies, recently published &ldquo;Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860,&rdquo; part of a five-volume series published by&nbsp;the University&nbsp;of Nebraska Press&nbsp;that reassesses the entire field of Western history.<br /></span><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span>The book makes clear that the Louisiana Purchase did not involve virgin wilderness discovered by virtuous Anglo entrepreneurs. Rather, the United States was a newcomer in a place already complicated by vying empires.</span><span><br /></span><span><br />The period covered in Hyde&rsquo;s book, 1800-1860, spans the fur trade, Mexican War, gold rushes, and the Overland Trail, usually very male-dominated fields of study. Hyde took a different approach, and, using letters and business records, documented the broad family associations that crossed national and ethnic boundaries. &ldquo;These folks turned out to be almost entirely people of great wealth and status who loved and married across racial and cultural lines. It turns out that the West of that period is really a mixed race world&nbsp;that made perfect cultural and economic sense until national ideas made that cultural choice impossible in the 1850s,&rdquo; Hyde said.<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span>&ldquo;Empires, Nations, and Families&rdquo; reveals how, in the 1850s, immigrants to the newest region of the United States violently wrested control from Native and other powers, and how conquest and competing demands for land and resources brought about a volatile frontier culture&mdash;not at all the peace and prosperity that the new power had promised. </span></div> Prof. Anne Hyde in NY Times on Colorado, Big Government Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:28:00 MDT <p><strong>Link:</strong> more <a href="">details</a>.</p> Colorado College Professor Publishes Book on Political Ecology of Cattle Ranching Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:00:00 MDT <p><st1:personname>Eric Perramond</st1:personname>, associate professor of Southwest studies&nbsp;and environmental science, has published a new book, &ldquo;Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in <st1:place>Northern Mexico</st1:place>: Private Revolutions.&rdquo;<br /><span>The book, published by the <st1:placetype>University</st1:placetype> of <st1:placename>Arizona Press</st1:placename>, examines the R&iacute;o Sonora region of northern <st1:country-region><st1:place>Mexico</st1:place></st1:country-region>, where ranchers own anywhere from several hundred to tens of thousands of acres. Perramond evaluates management techniques, labor expenditures, gender roles, and decision-making on private ranches of varying size. By examining the economic and ecological dimensions of daily decisions made on and off the ranch, he shows that, contrary to prevailing notions, ranchers rarely collude as a class unless land titles are at issue, and that their decision-making is as varied as the landscapes they oversee.</span></p>