Colorado State University - Pueblo history department honors colleague with lecture series
PUEBLO – The History Department and History Honors Society at Colorado State University –Pueblo will host a series of lectures this month on Chinese history to honor departed colleague, Dr. Bea Spade, who passed away in July of 2012.
The history department and chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta honors society have partnered with ASG, CHASS, and the Library and Academic Resources Center to sponsor a two-day event focusing on Chinese history, Spade’s research specialty. Professor Lyman Van Slyke of Stanford University will present two public presentations on campus as well as a special lecture at the Phi Alpha Theta initiation ceremony and banquet.
On April 18, 7 p.m., Van Slyke will present “The Thought of Mao Tse-tung: An Open and Shut Case,” in Library and Academic Resources Center 109. Attendees are invited to stay afterwards to explore the new Mao Collection in the LARC archives, 6th floor of the LARC. Spade generously donated her extensive collection of Mao materials to the library as a resource for students and other researchers.
On April 19, 11 a.m., Slyke will present “So What’s the Use of Chinese History?” in the Occhiato University Center 50.
The final lecture by Slyke, “On the Hinges of the Inconsequential, or How I Became a Chinese Historian,” will be held in conjunction with the History Department Banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Pueblo Union Depot, 132 West B Street. The cost is $20 for non students, $10 for students.
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.