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Dr. Stephen Leonard's Interview Featured on Colorado Public Radio

Friday, May 4, 2018

This interview focused on lynchings in Colorado, and was hosted by Nathan Heffel.

 

Ellen Slatkin Given Award for Service

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ellen Slatkin was given the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Faculty, for her exemplary work teaching for the University for over twenty years.
https://msudenver.edu/early-bird/2018/05/01-bbq-awards.shtml

 

Dr. Stephen Leonard Featured in the Metropolitan Denver Magazine

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dr. Leonard was featured in the “Final Word” of the Metropolitan Denver Magazine, winter edition.  The story appears on page 32.  There is also a podcast with the entire interview, which you can find at: https://insider.msudenver.edu/leonard/

The title of the podcast is “Conmen, Scoundrels, and Others of Various Ilk.” 

 

All History Departmental Telephone Numbers Changed

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Our new main telephone number is 303-615-0500.  We will be updating the contact information on our Faculty and Staff page soon.

 

Dr. Andrew Muldoon Wins Grant

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Professor Andrew Muldoon, together with Drs. Akbarali Thobani and James Aubrey, has won a $92,000 grant.  Muldoon will be directing a Fulbright seminar in India on South Asian politics and history for secondary school social studies and history teachers, as well as for students currently studying for licensure in these fields at MSU Denver.  There may also be openings for a few MSU faculty members to join the seminar.  They will all spend the month of June 2018 in India.

 

Dr. Matthew Makley Honored

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dr. Makley received a Teaching Excellence award at this year's MSU Denver Faculty and Staff Appreciation Barbecue.  For more information and to read an interview with Dr. Makley, follow the link below:
https://www.msudenver.edu/early-bird/2017/06/20-makley.shtml?emc=lm&m=1107313&l=6&v=1161506

 

Award Given in Honor of the Late Dr. Vincent C. deBaca

Thursday, May 4, 2017

6:00pm, Tivoli Turnhalle

The Latino Graduation Committee has decided to split their current “Espiritu de Azlan” award which in the past honored both a student and a member of the faculty or community during the Latina/o Graduation Ceremony.  The “Espiritu de Azlan” award will now only honor a student, and the new Vincent C. deBaca award will honor a member of the faculty or community.  The Latina/o Graduation Ceremony is this Thursday, May 4th at 6pm.  For more information you about the Latina/o Graduation Ceremony please go to: http://www.msudenver.edu/commencement/specialtyceremonies/latinaograduation/

Dr. Vincent C. deBaca was an Emeritus Professor of the History Department and former Chair of the Chicano Studies Department.

 

History Department Mourns the Passing of Professor Laura McCall

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dr. Laura McCall, a distinguished scholar and teacher in the department, passed away on April 30, 2017.  She joined the History Department in 1990, after teaching at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, for eight years.  She received her B.A. at Northwestern and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, where her research focused on gender in the antebellum United States.

At MSU Denver, McCall was a prolific scholar, publishing book chapters and articles, including three in the most prestigious journal in her field, Journal of the Early Republic.  She also co-edited A Shared Experience:  Women, Men, and the History of Gender (New York: New York University Press, 1999) and Across the Great Divide:  Cultures of Manhood in the American West (New York: Routledge, 2001).  

Dr. McCall was the rare professor who excelled at all facets of her work.  The university honored her with awards for outstanding teaching in 1996, research in 2001, and service in 2007.  She was a tireless advocate for historic preservation in her home town of Golden, and she showed uncommon dedication to students both in and outside of the classroom.  Students praised her as both a demanding and rewarding instructor, and she took great pride in her sponsorship of the department’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society.  She will be sorely missed.

 

World War I Commemoration Events

Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21, 2017

 

Dr. Stephen Leonard Helps to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry Into WWI

Thursday, April 6, 2017

As part of the commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, both the Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters interviewed History Professor Stephen Leonard.  You can read and listen here:
 
 

 

Appearance as Guest Historian on WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History Department faculty member Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant appeared as a guest Historian on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe show to discuss the Women’s Land Army, a program during World War I and World War II that helped ensure the United States didn’t suffer food shortages when men marched off to war by recruiting women to work on farms and in urban gardens.  Beyond making sure the country was fed, these agricultural campaigns bolstered efforts of women to win voting rights and solidify other gains in the workforce.  Gowdy-Wygant is the author of Cultivating Victory:  The Women’s Land Army and the Victory Garden Movement (Pittsburgh, 2013).  You can listen to the WNPR show here:  http://wnpr.org/post/women-who-served-americas-fields

 

Connections for Social Science & Arts Majors Event

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3:00-4:30pm, Tivoli 320

Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

  • Network with over sixteen local employers
  • Connect to internship and career opportunities
  • Be ready to interview (with professional dress and resume)

 

Academic Freedom Forum

Monday, March 6, 2017

 

History Department Mourns the Passing of Professor Emeritus Vincent C. de Baca

Monday, November 14, 2016

Professor, scholar, and social activist Dr. Vincent C. de Baca passed away on November 12, 2016.  He joined the History Department in 1993, after serving in the United States Marine Corps and then receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego, where his research focused on U.S.-Mexican relations. While at UCSD, Professor C. de Baca worked on the 1969 Plan de Santa Barbara and the push to establish Lumumba Zapata College.  

During his time at MSU Denver, Professor C. de Baca wrote numerous articles and edited La Gente: Hispano History and Life in Colorado (Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1999), which won the Leroy R. Hafen Award. He chaired the Chicano Studies Department from 2004 to 2007. And he was a founding member of the Metro State Faculty Federation.  He retired from the university in 2015.

Dr. C. de Baca was known for his fiery lectures and his passion for social justice.  Students recognized him as a compassionate mentor, learned teacher, and inspiring leader.  He will be fondly remembered.

 

Professor Stephen Leonard has Written a New Book

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dr. Leonard and Dr. Tom Noel will be signing Denver: A Short History (University of Nevada Press,  2016) on the 4th of November at 7:00pm, at the Tattered Cover on East Colfax.

 

Professor James Drake wins the Ray Allen Billington Prize

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dr. Drake was awarded the prize by the Western Historical Association, for his article, "A Divide to Heal the Union: The Creation of the Continental Divide," which appeared last year in the Pacific Historical Review (Vol. 84, No. 4, November 2015: 409-447).

 

History Program Review

Tuesday, September 27th from 4:15-5:15pm, in CN 210

Calling All MSU Denver History Major Alumni! We’re Giving Away Amazon Gift Cards! 

Please join history faculty to share your comments about the History Major program & offer any suggestions for improvement. We need your feedback! 

We’ll give out Amazon Gift cards to the first 10 alumni who RSVP to Todd Laugen at: rlaugen@msudenver.edu

Please RSVP soon.

 

Constitution Day

September 16, 2016

Poster for the 2016 Constitution Day celebration.

 

Professor James Drake Wins Award

August 4, 2016

Dr. Drake won "The Louis Knott Memorial Award" which is given out annually by The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, for the most deserving contribution to the Pacific Historical Review. Professor Drake won the award for his scholarly article entitled, "A Divide to Heal the Union: The Creation of the Continental Divide," found in the Pacific Historical Review 84(4) (November 2015): 409-47.

 

Professor Matt Makley to Win an Award

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dr. Makley has been selected to win the prestigious 2016 Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award for Tenured Faculty.  According the selection committee, competition for this year’s award was especially intense.  Matt will be formally presented the award at a ceremony in the fall by President Jordan.

 

Professor Kim Klimek Wins Award 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dr. Klimek received an "Outstanding Women's Award" from The Institute for Women's Studies and Services, at their 29th Annual Celebration.

 

LoDo Walking Tour with Professor Kevin Rucker

Sponsored by the History Club

Sunday, April 24, 2016

We will meet outside "The Market" on Larimer Square, 1445 Larimer Street, Denver. The History Club is paying for people to participate, but you must RSVP no later than this Friday, April 15, at 5:00 pm.  To RSVP, email Professor Ellen Slatkin at: slatkine@msudenver.edu

 

Professor Meg Frisbee Published a New Book

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dr. Frisbee's new book is entitled, Counterpunch: The Cultural Battles over Heavyweight Prizefighting in the American West and can be found:

http://www.amazon.com/Counterpunch-Cultural-Heavyweight-Prizefighting-American/dp/0295995467/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460488212&sr=8-1&keywords=meg+frisbee

 

Professor Susan Brandt Wins Award

Monday, April 11, 2016 

Dr. Brandt's Temple University dissertation, “Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners:  Gender and Healing Authority in the Delaware Valley, 1740-1830,” has just won the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize.  The prestigious prize recognizes this year’s best dissertation in American women’s history.

 

History Club Meeting

March 28, 2016 in CN 210

 

Kevin Rucker featured on Rocky Mountain PBS "Colorado Experience"

First aired: November 5, 2015

The episode, "Speer in the City", will air November 5th at 7pm, on RMPBS Channel 6.

 

Kevin Rucker featured on Rocky Mountain PBS "Colorado Experience"

First aired: October 8, 2015

In the episode, "Indulgences of the West", Professor Rucker speaks about Denver's early wild days. 

To check your local Rocky Mountain PBS station for more showings, click here.

To see the show in its entirety on YouTube, click here.

 

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 

This Constitution Day

Friday, September 25, from 12:30-2:30 in the Baerresen Ballroom (320 Tivoli)

For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/constitutiondayatauraria

 

Dr. Laura McCall Selected as Facilitator for a Faculty Learning Community

July 2015

Dr. Laura McCall of the History Department has been selected as the facilitator for a faculty learning community sponsored by the MSU Center for Faculty Excellence. She will assist faculty in integrating peace education into their courses. Interested faculty should contact Dr. McCall mcalll@musdenver.edu . The information below is from the MSU Denver CFE:

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty, numbering roughly 8 to 12 members, engaged in active, collaborative learning throughout the academic year around a specific theme and toward defined outcomes.

Peace for the MSU Curriculum will explore the pedagogy and integration of peace education across university disciplines and discuss a vision for professional development which will encourage faculty to revise existing courses to reflect Peace and to potentially develop new  courses.  We hope to engage faculty from all Schools, recognizing how the study of peace encompasses all fields of study and represents a serious academic field.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty, numbering roughly 8 to 12 members, engaged in active, collaborative learning throughout the academic year around a specific theme and toward defined outcomes. 

Meeting times and place:Meetings will be in Central 103 from 11:30 -1:30 except for August 28.

August 28 - Classroom Location TBA, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 11, January 29, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20.

 

Dr. Kimberly A. Klimek Granted Tenure

May 8, 2015

Dr. Kimberly A. Klimek of the MSU History Department was granted tenure by Metropolitan State University’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Klimek began teaching as an affiliate at MSU in 1998. In 2009 she became a full-time faculty member and the same year received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Her teaching fields include European, World, Medieval and Women’s history. In 2013 she published “Aethelflaed: History and Legend” in Quidditas, the online journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA). In 2014 she organized the RMMRA’s annual meeting held at Metropolitan State which drew scholars from the United States and Europe.

 

Trustees Honor Five History Faculty

May 8, 2015

Five History Department faculty members—Dr. Thomas Altherr, Dr. Vincent C. de Baca, Professor Barbara Gabriel, Dr. Monys Hagen and Dr. John Monnett—were granted emerita/us status by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees. Collectively they have served Metropolitan State for more than 135 years and taught more than 20,000 students.

Dr. Thomas Altherr joined the faculty in 1979. He quickly enlivened the curriculum by developing such courses as Baseball History and American Environmental History. A prolific scholar he has produced numerous articles and two books including an encyclopedic work on early American sports. Dr. Altherr has won numerous awards including the University’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Vincent C. de Baca joined the faculty in 1993. His teaching fields include Chicana/o and Mexican History as well as general U.S. history. His edited collection of articles on Hispanic History, La Gente, has been widely used by students for more than a decade and a half.

Professor Barbara Gabriel has taught in various capacities and for several departments for a quarter century. She helped pioneer the First Year Success Program. Her American Civilization courses have been among the department’s most popular offerings.

Dr. Monys Hagen, who joined the faculty in 1990, can boast of many accomplishments including helping create the department’s Women’s History offerings, serving for three years as president of the MSU Faculty Senate, and creating a website detailing the history of the WACs at Camp Hale Colorado during World War II. In 2011 Dr. Hagen was awarded the President’s Award for her many years of service.

Dr. John Monnett began teaching at Metropolitan State in 1986. Widely published in Western and Native American History, Dr. Monnett was recently honored by the Northern Cheyenne who presented him with a chief’s blanket.

 

Dr. John Monnett Honored by Northern Cheyenne

April 2, 2015

Photograph of Professor Monnett being wrapped in a blanket.

 

 

 

Dr. John Monnett was honored on April 2 in Lame Deer, Montana by the Northern Cheyenne Nation for his articles and books on nineteenth century Northern Cheyenne history with the presentation of a traditional chief’s blanket during wreath laying ceremonies for historic chiefs during the 136th anniversary of the Exodus of Chiefs Little Wolf and Dull Knife from Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1878-1879 to their homelands in Montana against enormous odds.  Dr. Monnett’s book, “Tell Them We are Going Home: The Odyssey of the Northern Cheyennes” (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008) is widely referenced on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation during commemorations and is used as a text at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Montana.

 

 

 

 

 

History professor wins coveted spot in Japan seminar

February 19, 2015 

Professor Tian, who specializes in East Asian history, is one of only 10 scholars nationwide selected to travel to Japan for two weeks this summer. PHOTO: Courtesy of Xiansheng Tian

“Surprise! You’re going to Japan this summer!”
Okay, this wasn’t quite the way Professor Xiansheng Tian learned that he was one of only 10 people nationwide invited to participate in a unique seminar offered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Japan Studies Institute in July, but his recent selection came as a total surprise to him. And for someone who specializes in East Asian history, including teaching a course on Modern Japan, this will be the trip of a lifetime.
Make that the second trip of a lifetime.
Tian’s first epic journey occurred when he came to the United States from his native China in 1988. “I arrived on Jan. 19. I still remember that day,” said Tian who struggled to overcome the bureaucracy that made leaving China at that time challenging. “You had to apply for a passport and then go through training — orientation, they called it — that was actually supervised by national security officials.”
Having jumped through the hoops held in his path, Tian finally reached the State University of New York in Cortland, where he earned his master’s in history. “Right around the time I was finishing my degree [in the U.S.] soldiers were shooting into crowds of students in China,” said Tian, referring to the pro-democracy protests of 1989 and subsequent Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing.
Like many of his compatriots studying in the U.S., Tian realized he might be targeted by the Chinese government if he returned to his homeland. Fortunately, former President George Bush, Sr. issued an executive order allowing all Chinese students to remain in the U.S. even if their visas had expired. That order eventually became the Chinese Student Protection Act in 1990, which enabled roughly 50,000 students to remain in the U.S. Tian was one of them.
“I was planning to go back to China after I earned my degree because my family was there,” said Tian, who, after two years of more hoop-jumping, succeeded in getting his wife and daughter safely ensconced in the U.S.
“My students like to hear my story whenever I’m teaching my Modern Chinese History class,” said Tian. “They love it. In the student evaluations, they always mention it.”
Undoubtedly, Tian’s students will also love hearing of his experiences in Japan this summer. Funded by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the Japan Studies Institute’s seminar is designed to deepen American scholars’ understanding of Japan so that they can incorporate that newfound understanding into their courses and curricula, and to foster opportunities for U.S.–Japanese institutional cooperation. The two-week program will include campus visits, meetings with scholars, business leaders, higher education officials, and other teaching and learning resources in Tokyo, Kyoto and Beppu.
“I’m going to learn a lot, I’m sure about that,” said Tian. “And that kind of experience will help me enrich my classes here.”

 


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