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In her talk, Professor Montoya, will take a birds eye view of the southern Colorado landscape to talk about how the concept of "borderlands" or "la frontera" has shaped the community in this region. Using examples from the Spanish entrada, the nineteenth century fur trade, and the migration of workers to CF&I industrial empire, Professor Montoya will discuss the complex reasons why people have been drawn to this region and why they stay to make their homes and develop community.
Maria E. Montoya is an Associate Professor of History at New York University and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at NYU Shanghai. She is the author of numerous articles on the History of the American West, Environmental, Labor and Latina/o history and of the book, Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900. She is the lead author on the U.S. History textbook, Global Americans: A Social and Global History of the United States. She is also finishing up a manuscript, Fighting for the Fringe: Two Industrialists, Their Workers, and Employee Benefits, 1909-1950, which focuses on John D. Rockefeller and Josephine Roche, and their roles in defining the spheres of work and home life during the early 20th century. She is also working on two other manuscripts, "A Chicana in China” which is a memoir inspired by an earlier work of Rudolfo Anaya. She is also working on a book project about the scarcity of water in the American Southwest, and the Rio Grande in particular. She is currently the PI for Zaanheh: A Natural History of Shanghai which is an interdisciplinary research team based at NYU Shanghai, and which was inspired by Eric Sanderson’s Manhattan Project.
The Borderlands of Southern Colorado online speaker series is sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University-Pueblo.