The U.S. and Islamophobia – Events Sept. 19-21 at UCCS

A Front Range University Event Series at UCCS and DU

All events will be held in Kraemer Family Library’s 3rd Floor Apse, beginning at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm. The events are free and refreshments will be provided. Limited seating capacity.

Here is the facebook page for the events, you can follow there as well.

19 September 2016
, UCCS Faculty Panel
Join faculty panelists Dr. Emily Skop (GES and Director of UCCS Global Intercultural Research Center) will be addressing the topic “Refugees 101”, Dr. Jeffrey Scholes (Philosophy and Director of the Center of Religious Diversity and Public Life) will be talking about “Christianity and Islamophobia,” and Dr. Edin Mujkic (School of Public Affairs) will be discussing the topic of “A Muslim Threat: Real or Perceived?”

20 September 2016,
Just Talk Book Club, Ayad Akhtar’s 2012 play Disgraced
Join Dr. Kevin Landis (VAPA/Theatre), Dr. Max Shulman (VAPA/Theatre), and Dr. Carole Woodall (History/WEST) in a lively and engaged discussion as part of Kraemer Family Library’s new programming series Just Talk that is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the UCCS campus and beyond.
In this “breathtaking, raw and blistering” Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife’s art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear. Akhtar’s Disgraced is part of the Denver Performing Arts Center Spring 2017 Season, March 31 – May 7, 2017, Ricketson Theatre. For ticket information, please see the Center’s website, (

Make sure to get a copy of the play in advance. We have 25 copies of the play to be distributed to students via lottery. To be entered in the lottery, you must register for the event.  Faculty, staff, and community members are also encouraged to register so we can plan for total attendance, but are not eligible to receive a free copy of the play. The registration form is available at Copies of the play may also be requested through the library using the Prospector system:  For more information about the Just Talk series, please visit

21 September 2016
, “Overcoming Islamophobia” workshop, led by Catherine Orsborn, Director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign in Washington, D.C. ( The workshop will center on the overlapping issues of Islamophobia, anti-refugee movements, and anti-immigrant sentiments. Ms. Orsborn will lead students, faculty, staff, and community members in recognizing and critiquing pervasive forms of Islamophobia, and will discuss effective interfaith strategies to counter anti-Muslim discourse at the national, regional and local levels. Workshop is hosted by UCCS Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Dialogue – Moving Forward through Violent Times series, #uccsmovingforward.
Event Hosts and Sponsors
* UCCS Office of Diversity and Inclusion
* UCCS College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
* UCCS School of Public Affairs
* The UCCS Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT) is an interdisciplinary unit of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs that supports faculty-sponsored global intercultural scholarship, (
* The UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life ( aims to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the UCCS and the surrounding community on topics related to religious diversity and public life.
* Just Talk is the Kraemer Family Library’s new programming series that is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the UCCS campus and beyond, (
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Travel Course May-June 2017: Discovering Jane Austen

IMG_2313Departmental Instructor Janet Myers will be leading one of her famous travel classes to England next spring, May 23 to June 6, 2017 — and you get full 3-hour summer course credit. It can be taken for Humanities, History, or English credit.

Sites to be visited on this tour of Jane Austen’s literary and historical worlds include Winchester Cathedral; Chawton Cottage; Chawton Library; Dorchester; Lyme Regis; Tintern Abbey in Wales; Bath; the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and many more!

If interested, the first trip meeting is scheduled for September 14 at 2 p.m., location TBA. Please contact Janet Myers ( or Rebecca Posusta ( for more information.

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School year!

las award ceremony08/10/2016

Dear UCCS History Students,

Greetings! Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. I’m writing to update you a little further on exciting news in the History Department at UCCS, as we gear up for the academic year.

First, a few opportunities just especially for students. The History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, was reformed and revitalized last year, with some excellent students taking the lead, and I invite you to consider participating in it. The first meeting of the year will be Friday, September 9th, at 6:00 p.m., in CoLU 324, and I invite you to attend and learn more about the society and its many activities during the year. If you are interested in joining, please contact me and I’ll give you more details about that.

As well, last year was our second year to give out our newly endowed Wunderli scholarships, with funds generously bestowed on the department by our long-time Instructor of Asian History, Judith Price (1944-2012). Last year, we gave out six scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, worth a total of $10,000 with these funds. You’ll be hearing more about that in your classes later this semester.

Our undergraduate students have done amazing work in their Senior Thesis Seminars. If you will go to our departmental blog,, you will see a full listing there of all of our award winners from last year, including the winner of Outstanding Senior Thesis for each section. So please check the department blog, and also the department website,, which has recently been updated with a lot of new materials, photographs, and more.

This year we will run five sections of History 4990, the Senior Thesis — 2 in the fall and 3 in the spring, covering a large variety of topics. It’s always good to “look ahead” and try to plan to do your Senior Thesis with the professor who best meets your interest. Please check out the Senior Thesis page on the History Department Website for more information, and for the schedule of who is teaching the course and when over the next two years. You may find that at

Also, I want to introduce to you our new professor in the Department – Dr. Michael Martoccio, who will be here for 2 years replacing Professor Roger Martinez, who is on leave. Michael will be teaching a wide variety of courses in medieval and early modern history. This fall, for example, he is doing a course on “The Cross and the Crescent,” which focuses especially on the military history of medieval Europe.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the program and/or Department. For questions about your undergraduate work, or for general advising, please speak to our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Robert Sackett, at My office is Columbine 2055, and my phone is 255-4078; I’ll be happy to meet any of you at any time. Again, welcome to the school year, and hope to see many of you soon.


Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History
719 255 4078;

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Fractured Faiths Exhibit

Our departmental colleague Roger L. Martinez, currently on research leave and working at a university in Madrid on a grant funded by the European Union, is one of the co-curators of a new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities, now on display at the museum until the end of the year. The exhibit comes with afractured-faith-crop stunningly beautiful catalogue/book, featuring essays by major scholars in the field. And go here for a wonderful slide show of photographs from the exhibit.

Here’s an article about the exhibit to tell you much more. A brief excerpt below, and click on the link for the entire piece:

“It is interesting to note that, during the fifteenth century, the hate, envy, and hostility toward Jews were transferred to the conversos,” Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano writes in “Assault and Fragmentation: Emergent Identities from 1391 to 1492,” the second essay in the bilingual exhibition catalog that accompanies Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities, opening at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, May 22. “This hostility was justified by a widespread suspicion held by the majority. Conversos were accused of being, in fact, false Christians by secretly maintaining the Jewish faith and practices. It was repeatedly said that if they had converted, it was to enrich themselves and gain power.” 

2512_fullFractured Faiths, which follows conversos to modern-day Northern New Mexico, is curated by Josef B. Díaz, curator of Southwest and Mexican colonial art and history collections at the museum, and Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, a CONEX Marie Curie Fellow at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid and assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The exhibition, which includes historical documents and panels, synagogue tiles, arts, crafts, and documentary photography, is divided into three parts: “Hispania, Al-Andalus, Sepharad, España Pre-History to 1600”; “New World, New Woes, New Worries 1500-1800”; and “At Home at ‘The End of the Earth’ 1800 to the Present.” The catalog offers readers six in-depth essays on the history of Sephardic Jews and the Spanish Inquisition in Europe and the Americas. 

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Images for LAS Award Ceremony, May 2016

Congratulating student award winners Megan Murphy and Joe Berg!

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Student Awards Spring 2016!


*** Carey Smith  *** Kyle Blaus-Plissner

***Megan Murphy   ***Joe Berg   ***Holly Taylor

Recognition of volunteers, including Patrick Turner, Volunteer of the Year

*** Emilee Shindel   *** Jami Wilson

*Amy Statton  *Alex Ward  *Cameryn Broin  *Jessica Juhala
*Hannah Pirzadeh  *Rachell Ruiz *Katelyn Huddleston *Keith Toth

**Ashley Pruett  *Samantha Crofford *Keely Hartzo

Patrick Lee, “Shifting Forces and Shifty Trade: The British East India Company’s Opium Trade in China and India as Origin of the Opium War” – faculty mentor Yang Wei

Ashley Pruett, Keely Hartzo, Alexander Archuleta, Jeramie Hunter, Thomas Price, Ashley Pruett, Molly Padilla, Alexander Archuleta, Jared Steen, Lora Reiher, Brittany Hall


Professor Wei’s section

Angela Duvell, “The Comfort Women of The Imperial Japanese Army’s Construction of World War II Hypermasculinity”

Professor Woodall’s Section
McKenzie Oliver, “The Smuggling of Millions: The American Mission Press and a New Type of American Philanthropy”
Daniel Russell, “Blank Pages Along the Beach: Soldiers’ Diaries of the Gallipoli Campaign”
Fallyn Guill, “Beyond the Beauty: Leila Khaled and Her Guerrillas”

Professor Davis-Witherow’s Section
Drew Ferreira, “The Economic Influence of Philanthrophy”
Timmy Vilgiate, “’The Indians Cannot Be Engaged’: Political Participation as a Driving Force Behind the Cabanagem, 1799-1840”

Professor Sartin’s Section
Stephanie Fields, “Christian Conversion and Norse Women: Scandinavian Women’s Roles as Primary Movers of the Spread of Faith”

Michael Pauls, “Myth Maketh the Man: The Influence of Mythology on Brian Boru’s Conquest of the High Kingship of Ireland

Mrs. H’s Section
Thomas Price, “Divas, Demons, and Despots: The Historical Evolution of Disney Villainesses”

***Jami Wilson: for presenting work at the Harvard East Asian History Conference
***Jen Sundberg: for research at the University of Arizona archives
***Julie Doellingen: for a seminar at the Kodak House, Rochester, New York
***Alexander Archuleta: for participation in the Organization of American Historians
***McKenzie Oliver: for research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia
***Keith Toth, for presenting at the Southwestern Historical Association in Las Vegas

*Joe Berg   *Megan Murphy  *Mike Stark  *Holly Taylor *Kim Sweetwood  *Andrea Martens

Special Recognition of Undergraduates and Graduates who received Internships

*Jami Wilson *Emilee Shindel *Collin MacDonald *Trent Bailey
*Melanie Pimentel *Kyle Clark *Jen Sundberg

*Melanie Pimentel  *Kyle Clark *Megan Murphy  *Torrah Giles  *Ian Smith  *Emilee Shindel *Tommy Fugler *Maggie Williams *Collin MacDonald

Torrah Giles, “San Francisco 1906: The Law and Citizenship in Disaster,” forthcoming in  UCLA Historical Journal

Sarah Clay, Outstanding Lecturer, History Department

Amy Haines, Lecturer, for upcoming participation in NEH Seminar on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, July 2016

Kim Sweetwood and Alexandria Olson

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Department Student Awards Celebration


History Department Student Awards Celebration.

Thursday, May 5, 3:00 – 4:20. Columbine 216.

Come join all the 2015-16 student award winners, conference presenters, and graduating MA students. We will recognize our Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Award Winners, the best Senior Theses (one or two for each Sr. Thesis section for this school year), CSURF presenters, students honored to present at conference this academic year, MA graduates, students who have published their work, Wunderli and Murphy scholarship winners, and much, much more! Refreshments provided. 

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