History Department Awards Ceremony and Other Events in April and May!

Department of History

8 March 2014

Dear UCCS History Students, MA Students, and Alumni,

As we approach the last part of another school year, I wanted to send you a special invitation to a couple of upcoming events organized by the History Department, and featuring/honoring the work of our excellent undergraduate and graduate students. 

First, each year the History Department stages its own celebration of the achievements of our students, where we honor our Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student award winners, outstanding Senior Thesis winners (1 or 2 per section), students who have presented at conferences or had their work published, and students who have worked with community organizations or in public history venues. 

This year the awards ceremony will be on FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH, from 2 – 3 p.m., in University Center 116. All students (undergraduate and graduate) AND alumni are welcome to join us. Refreshments will be served, and we hope to see a lot of you there. 

Second, each spring the History Department hosts a Heller Center Symposium, where the work of students or alumni (or both) are presented in the style of a History conference. This year, the graduate students in Paul Harvey’s Civil War History and Bernice Forrest’s Native American Ethnography seminars will present their research work. This event will be TUESDAY, MAY 6TH, FROM 4:30 – 8:30 P.M., at the Heller Center. You may feel free to come and go as you please and as you have time. Again, all students and alumni welcome. 

Third, on Wed., APRIL 2, 9am-noon at the Heller Center, Drs. Roger Martinez (History) and Colin McAllister (VAPA, Music) have organized a symposium: “Astrology, Anglo-Saxons, and Dissonance: The Idea of Renaissance in Europe from the Ninth to the Sixteenth Century, ” associated with their HUM course. Again, all students and alumni welcome. Please rsvp to Professor Roger Martinez.

We hope you will keep abreast of our events and our student achievements through our History Department Newsletter, this blog, and the History Department website. We have many exciting new projects and initiatives just starting that we hope to share with you in the near future.

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History

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Talk on Christianity and Politics in Modern America — Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.

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Spring Graduate Student Happy Hour

Please join the History faculty for an informal Happy Hour (no host):

When: March 6, Thursday, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Come for as long or short a time as you like. 

Where: La Hacienda Restaurant, just across N. Nevada in University Village shopping Center

Who: History Department Faculty and Graduate students

For more program info/events, please see: http://www.uccs.edu/history

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Book by Department Member Named to Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles List

Professor’s book named outstanding academic title

 by , reprinted from UCCS Communique

Color of ChristSubject editors of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries recently announced The Color of Christ: The Son of God & the Saga of Race in America as one of the Top 25 Books in its annual Outstanding Academic Titles List.

The Color of Christ was written by Paul Harvey, professor, Department of History, and Edward Blum, associate professor, Department of History, San Diego State University. The book explores the nature of Christ worship in the U.S. and addresses how his image has been visually remade to champion causes of white supremacists and civil rights leaders alike, and why the idea of a white Christ has endured.

Choice is a leading source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. More than 22,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research.

In a Dec. 16 release, Choice shared the “Top 25 Books: and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists. A full Outstanding Academic Titles list will appear in the Jan. 2014 issue.

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Student Robin Lynch’s presentation to the El Paso County Pioneers’ Association

Congratulations to UCCS History student Robin Lynch, who (after a 25-year career in the military) came to our graduate program and has been doing some amazing work in discovering some previously untapped sources on the history of poor farms and paupers in El Paso County. This newletter of the El Paso County Pioneers’ Association details some of that work. Congratulations to Robin! Here’s a brief excerpt:

In North Platte Nebraska, where Robin grew up, a book had been written about the local poor farm. A movie, Evil Obsessions is to be produced about that institution whose matron was said to be “evil.” That started the search for local history here regarding our local poor farm. Yes, there was one here on 21 street and an earlier facility ston the East side of the city. One set of information led to another and as the various pieces of information Robin found, in different governmental archives, got put together, at first in her mind then on paper. She became interested it putting it all in one place not only for her class work but for us. Posterity!

Research led her to our “potters field” and on to EPCPA’ s involvement at Evergreen Cemetery. Most Counties have designated cemetery plots for those unable to pay. The EPCPA under the guidance of Mel Sinton and other Board members documented the “pioneer” section of Evergreen Cemetery some years ago. Robin asked EPCPA permission to retype the information from EPCPA work at the Cemetery into a database. A good idea so that it is more readily available to everyone these days.
Permission happily given!

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Devil Talk and the American Civil War: Public Lecture by Edward J. Blum


edward blum Lecture, Multi-media presentation, and Discussion with Edward J. Blum, San Diego State University


Edward J. Blum teaches at San Diego State University. An award winning writer and teacher, his previous books include W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007) and Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005). Most recently he is the co-author (with Paul Harvey) of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (2012).

Here’s a preview! 

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UCCS Trebuchet Pumpkin Chunking

Watch Roger Martinez’s class and the Historical Engineering Society use the trebuchet (a medieval weapon) to chunk Halloween pumpkins!!

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