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CSU-Pueblo honors colleague with lecture series

Release Date: March 08, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

719.549.2810

PUEBLO - Colorado State University-Pueblo will host the Third Annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series this month to honor departed colleague, Dr. Bea Spade, who passed away in July of 2012.

The history department and chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society have partnered with ASG, CHASS, the History Club and Spanish Club to sponsor a two-day event. Dr. Roger Martinez, will present two public presentations on campus as well as a special lecture at the Phi Alpha Theta and French Club initiation ceremonies and banquet. The events are free and open to the public with the exception of the March 19 dinner, which requires a ticket for entry.

On Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Martinez will give a public lecture, "Discoveries in the Medieval Cathedral of Plasencia (Spain): Archival Secrets About Identity, Religion and Faith, and Warfare," at 7 p.m. in LARC 108. This lecture will be followed by an open reception with the professor on the 1st floor of LARC.

He will present a second lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 in LARC 108, "Language and Technology: How Human Curiosity, Crowdsourcing, and Citizen Scholars Will Save Humanity." This lecture will be geared more specifically to the general student population, not necessarily history majors.

"Virtual Plasencia: Blending Technology and History to Reveal Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Co-Existence during the Spanish Middle Ages" will be given in conjunction with the History Department Banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on March 19 at the Pueblo Union Depot, 132 West B Street. The cost is $10 for non-students, $5 for students and children.

Since fall 2010, Martinez has served as an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. From fall 2008 - spring 2010, he was the Burton Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and earned a Ph.D. in May 2008 from the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the study of inter-cultural relations and how group and individual identities hybridize. Martinez describes himself as a scholar of medieval and early modern Spain, religious minorities and religious converts in Spain (in particular, Jews and conversos), and Spanish trans-Atlantic migration to Mexico and Bolivia.

Spade joined the University faculty as a lecturer of history in August of 1990 and retired from teaching in June of 2012, having served as History Department Chair from 2000-2007. She taught World History, specializing in Chinese History and Empires, after earning a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature from Harvard University in 1981. Spade was beloved by students, many of whom graduated years ago, but still inquire about her and comment how much they enjoyed her classes. She served many terms on Faculty Senate and was the Senate

representative to the State Board of Agriculture (then the Governing Board for the University of Southern Colorado) during 1995-96. She received the 2011 Faculty Excellence in Advising/Mentoring Award.

For more information, contact Dr. Brigid Vance at brigid.vance@csupueblo.edu or 719.549.2800 or Alysse McCanna at alysse.mccanna@csupueblo.edu or 719.549.2156. For tickets, stop by Psychology 102 to purchase tickets ($5 for students, $10 for non-students).

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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