Colorado State University – Pueblo faculty to present “Rethinking Columbus Day”

Colorado State University – Pueblo faculty to present “Rethinking Columbus Day”

PUEBLO – Three Colorado State University-Pueblo faculty members and  a panel of area teachers will discuss the complexities of Columbus Day and how to incorporate this holiday into school curriculum.

The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Brett Kelley Room of the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.

The event will provide an overview of the history of the nation or land that was involved in the expansion and exploration of Europe.  Dr. Chris Picicci, professor of Italian, will address the role of Columbus in the discovery of the New World. Dr. Paul Conrad, professor of history, will address the native populations before and after Columbus and the impact of contact on the indigenous populations.  Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya, professor of history, will discuss the role of the Spanish in funding the voyage of Columbus and the continued expansion and colonization of the New World by the Spanish.

Following the panel discussion, area teachers will discuss how they have included Columbus Day into their courses and give best practices for the continued discussion and celebration of this day.

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