Welcome to the 2016-17 School year!

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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, https://uccshistory.wordpress.com, 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, http://www.uccs.edu/history, 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 http://www.uccs.edu/history/undergraduate/general-requirements/senior-thesis.html.

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 rsackett@uccs.edu. 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; pharvey@uccs.edu

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Lecturer and TA Retreat, August 17, 2016

Dear Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants, 
Please mark your calendars. We hope you can join us. 
Wed, August 17, 2016, 12:15-5pm in Columbine 3022, 
then 5-6:30pm Meet and Greet with any PPCC faculty and returning and new MA graduate students, at Clyde’s on the first floor of the University Center
UCCS Lecturer, TA, and Faculty Retreat
All faculty are welcome (and encouraged) to attend this Lecturer/ TA Retreat.  Unlike the regular faculty retreat which will focus on managing budgets and # of majors, this retreat will center on sharing ideas about teaching, grading, and how to best support our transfer students from PPCC. To those ends, we have invited the co-chairs (and other faculty) from PPCC’s History Department to join us for the latter portion of the afternoon.
Agenda (tentative)
12:15 Arrival. Please bring your own lunch and plan to arrive to —- so we can begin promptly. Cookies will be provided.
12:30-2pm Co-presentations and discussions on teaching and grading, lessons learned, best practices by Amy Haines and Chris Bairns.
2-2:15 Break
2:15-3pm Review of TA guidelines and give faculty and TA time to chat/ask questions.
3pm  Welcome PPCC Faculty to join us.
3:15-3:30 Introductions, going around the room.
3:30-5pm Co-presentations by Wayne Artis, Carrie Spencer, and Carole Woodall on PPCC-UCCS connections and how to best understand and support our transfer students.

 5pm Wrap-up. Adjourn to Clyde’s—the pub/eatery in the UCCS University Center

5-6:30pm Returning and incoming UCCS Graduate Students are invited to join us for an informal gathering at Clyde’s
PARKING: All cars parked on campus must have a permit or park in pay-by- the hour Visitor Parking. The closest Visitor’s Parking is on the second floor of the multi-story cement parking garage on main campus.
Any questions? Please contact Christina Jimenez cjimenez@uccs.edu
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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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You Never Know What Might Happen When Working on your Senior Thesis

The short piece below is from our undergraduate student McKenzie Oliver, who began work this semester on a senior thesis entitled “The Smuggling of Millions: The American Mission Press and a New Type of American Philanthrophy,” under the direction of Carole Woodall. With some travel support from the Dean’s Office and the History Department, and with McKenzie’s hard work in the PResbyterian Historical Society Archives in Philadelphia, this thesis has taken flight! Below, McKenzie reflects on her experiences as a researcher.

You never know what might happen when working on your Senior Thesis…
McKenzie Oliver

  At the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, I began the Senior Thesis Seminar with absolutely no idea what I wanted to write my paper on, let alone a topic on the Middle East. I had never taken a course on the region until the seminar, and here I was expected to become a knowledgeable expert in sixteen weeks.

After an initial conversation with Dr. Carole Woodall, I decided that I wanted to delve into the topic of humanitarian or relief work during World War One (1914-1918). I started reading Keith Watenpaugh’s From Bread into Stones and other secondary works to familiarize myself with the region and its history. I still needed to hone in on a specific topic. And, I did. After a couple of weeks of reading, I came across scant information on the American Presbyterian Mission Press, referred to as “The Press”. The Press grabbed my attention because it was a major relief effort the United States undertook during WWI. The organization transmitted funds of over $2,000,000 to 30,000 Syrians living in the city of Beirut, Lebanon, and the surrounding areas. As I assessed the secondary literature on The Press, I discovered that very few people had written about it, or for that matter researched it. I contacted Dr. Christine Lindner, who had written a paper on Charles Dana, The Press’s manager at the time. I wrote to her asking if she had any suggestions or advice on how to research The Press’s philanthropic initiatives in Beirut. She confirmed that very few people had looked into this specific topic and suggested that I do my own research out in Philadelphia at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). At first I didn’t think this would be possible. However, Dr. Carole Woodall supported and encouraged me to take on such a wonderful opportunity, and helped me to find funds to cover travel expenses. One thing led to another and I found myself on my way to Philadelphia over spring break.

I was really nervous at first because I had never taken on a task this big, or been alone in a big city for a week. Once I got settled at my Airbnb on Society Hill I started to feel a little better about the week ahead of me. My room was right down the street from the Presbyterian Historical Society, and close to cafes and restaurants. On Monday morning, Prof. Lindner, who is currently teaching at the University of Philadelphia, met me at PHS. She helped me get acquainted with PHS’s archives by showing me how to request documents, and how to organize information.  After a couple of hours I got the hang of how everything was done and jumped into four straight days of going through records and folders of materials on the Beirut Mission Press during World War I.

I read dozens of reports and letters from the Mission Press in Beirut to their home base in New York City. These documents detailed the relief activities The Press undertook between 1914 and 1918. Part of the relief work included ledgers of funds being transmitted from New York City to Beirut. Each evening I talked with Dr. Woodall about my research and asked questions about what leads to follow. By the end of Wednesday, I had come across some documents on the Persian Mission in Urmia. It was in operation at the same time as the Beirut Mission, and was doing very similar work when it came to the transmission of funds from the United States. After four days, I had accumulated more than enough to complete the Senior Thesis requirements.

When I started the seminar, I never thought that I would be doing original research and making a contribution to the field. After completing the Senior Thesis, I will continue to work on the project with the intention of submitting an article in 2017. This was definitely an experience of a lifetime and something I will never forget. You never know what might happen when working on your Senior Thesis.

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