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Spring 2016:

"Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts"

Dr. Paula Farca

Thursday, April 14th 


Marquez Hall 126

How are sources of energy presented in modern and contemporary literary texts? Energy in Literature shows the connections in twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts between energy, society, and environment. The edited volume includes a substantial introduction, poems on energy, eighteen critical essays from international contributors, and a photo essay. The book explores how authors of recent world literature present energy sources ranging from coal and oil to solar, wind, nuclear, and hydropower, and how these sources affect local and global communities. The anthology focuses on the impact energy sources have on individuals and the environment, and on salient themes including pollution; disposal of waste; industrial landscapes; sustainability;  resource extraction and its economic, social, and developmental consequences; the intertwining between nature and culture; and gender and ethnic identity constructions.

Paula Anca Farca is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies at Colorado School of Mines, where she teaches literature, writing, and academic publishing. Her main research focuses on contemporary, postcolonial, and Indigenous literature. Along with numerous published critical essays and book chapters, Paula has published Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (2011), co-authored a textbook, A Student’s Guide to Nature and Human Values (2010 and 2012), and coedited Speculations: An Anthology for Reading, Writing, and Research (2006).

Teaching Professor Toni Lefton contributed three poems to the book: “Winter Tulip,” “Top Kill,” and “Make Believe” and Teaching Associate Professor Sarah Hitt wrote a chapter entitled "Mining in Contemporary Indigenous Literature."

McBride Student Richard Sebastian Coleman will play some classic pieces together with his quartet. 

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"Geopolitics and the Making of the Oil Curse"

Dr. Cullen Hendrix

Wednesday, April 13th 


Marquez Hall 126

Abstract: Does oil hinder democracy? Most research on the subject has focused on domestic effects of oil wealth on political institutions, with international dynamics only affecting domestic politics through ownership structure and market prices. In new research, Dr. Hendrix argues the end of the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union reduced support for non-oil rich authoritarian regimes in the developing world, amplified the domestic effects of oil wealth on democracy. Using case studies and statistical modeling, he finds the oil curse is a function not just of international market conditions but geopolitical dynamics as well.

Dr. Hendrix is Associate Professor at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. At the Korbel School, he directs the Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab, which leverages collaborations between physical and social scientists and policymakers to produce scholarship and analysis on issues at the intersection of the environment, food security, and conflict. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program and the US Department of Defense Minerva Initiative, as well as the Carnegie Corporation and the Smith-Richardson Foundation. He holds a PhD and MA from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a fellow of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and a BA from Kalamazoo College. His first book,Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance (with Marcus Noland), was published in 2014.

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"Syria: From Revolution to War"

Monday, April 4th from 6-8 pm in Student Center Ballroom B

Please join us for an evening of conversation on The Syrian War with Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami. They recently co-authored Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War (Pluto Press, 2016). 

Robin Yassin-Kassab is the author of the novel The Road from Damascus. He co-edits and blogs at

Leila Al-Shami was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN a network connecting anti-authoritarian struggles across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

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"The Global Refugee Crisis: Unrest in the Middle East & Its Implications for the US"

Friday, March 25th from 4-6 pm in Berthoud Hall 241

Presentations and discussion will focus on:

  • People in Flight: A Global Perspective, Domestic Implications
  • War, Refugees, and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria
  • Human Rights in Syria 

Kelly M. Greenhill is a professor at Tufts University and a research fellow at Harvard University. Greenhill is author of Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy, which won the 2011 International Studies Association’s Best Book of the Year Award; and co-author and co-editor of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict and The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics. Greenhill’s research has also appeared in a variety of journals, national and international media outlets, and briefs prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court and other organs and agencies of the U.S. government.  She is currently finishing a new book, a cross-national study that explores why, when, and under what conditions, contested sources of political information—such as rumors, conspiracy theories, myths and propaganda—materially influence the development and conduct of states’ foreign and defense policy. Outside of academia, Greenhill has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as a defense program analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, and as an economic policy intern in the Office of then Senator John F. Kerry. She also serves as Associate Editor of the journal International Security. Greenhill holds an S.M. and a Ph.D. from M.I.T., a C.S.S. from Harvard, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Samer Abboud is an Associate Professor of International Studies at Arcadia University and a Senior non-resident Fellow at the Center for Syrians Studies at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. In 2013, Samer was a Fellow at the Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin and a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie’s Middle East Center in Beirut. Samer is the author of the recently published book on the Syrian conflict entitled Syria (Polity, 2015) and has published extensively in academic and popular venues on contemporary Syria and the conflict. His current research is interested in the phenomenon of capital flight during the Syrian conflict.

Quitaiba Idlbi is an associate producer and translator for Red Lines. A native of Damascus, Qutaiba became actively involved in human rights and democracy activism with the start of the revolution in March 2011. Following detainment and torture at the hands of internal security forces in Syria, he was forced to leave the country and continue his efforts from abroad. Qutaiba currently works with the Syrian National Council and the Syrian National Coalition (Etilaf) as a resident and research associate. He is the co-founder and director of operations with People Demand Change. 

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“War, Heroes, Poems:  a reading and discussion with Seth Brady Tucker”

Dr. Seth Brady Tucker

Thursday, February 25th from 5-6  pm in Marquez Hall 126

Seth Tucker is an award-winning teacher originally from Lander, Wyoming.  He has led poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction workshops and literature classes for graduate and undergraduate students alike over a career spanning eleven years, and has taught at the Colorado School of Mines for over three years.  Seth is also an award-winning poet and fiction writer, and his first book won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (Mormon Boy, 2012), and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award.  His second book won the Gival Press Poetry Award (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, 2014) and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2015.   Seth is also the founder and co-director of the Seaside Writers’ Conference (which takes place annually in May), and volunteers his time teaching veterans and veteran caretakers through the Wounded Warrior Project, and inmates through the prison literacy program, Words Beyond Bars. Seth has been an editor for a number of different literary journals, and is currently the Senior Prose Editor at the Tupelo Quarterly Review.  

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"Liberating Visions Part II: Washington, DuBois, X, and King in the 21st Century"

Dr. Derrick Hudson

Discussion with Dr. Winston A. Grady-Willis, Rev. Dr. H. Malcom Newton and Dr. Derrick Hudson

Monday , February 22nd from 6-7:30 pm in Student Center Ballroom C

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"The Liberating Visions of Washington and DuBois /  X and King"
Dr. Derrick Hudson

Thursday , February 8th from 5-6 pm in Alderson Hall 162

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“Why the Persistent Under-representation?:  African Americans in the Engineering Profession in the United States”

Dr. Derrick Hudson

Thursday, February 4th from 5-6 pm in Marquez Hall 126

This talk is the inaugural lecture in the Hennebach LAIS author series. Throughout the semester, LAIS faculty who have published books since the spring/summer of 2014 will be presenting their work to the campus community.

Dr. Hudson is a Teaching Associate Professor of International Relations in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, where he teaches undergraduate courses in International Relations, African History and in the Masters of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER) program.  He earned his PhD in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  He specializes in religion and politics in Africa, with particular expertise on the role of prophetic Christianity as an agent for social change in selected historically deeply divided societies. His teaching interests also includes the role of truth commissions as societies are in transition from authoritarian to democratic rule and will teach a course on power and leadership in the McBride Honors Program at CSM.  Prior to coming to Mines, Dr. Hudson was an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver in which he gained valuable experience in teaching African American Studies, Social Movements, and Kenyan Politics and Culture

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Fall 2015:

Monday, December 7th

China's Political Future: 
Meritocracy, Democracy, or Both?

Public Lecture
12:00 Noon in Coolbaugh 209
Round Table Discussion 
with James Jesudason and Elizabeth Van Wie Davis 
4:00 p.m. in Ballroom D, Student Center
Light Refreshments provided

Westerners divide the political world into "good" democracies and "bad" authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese model does not fit in either category. China has evolved a political system that can best be described as "political meritocracy." Drawing on his 2015 book The China Model,  Daniel A. Bell will discuss the ideals and the reality of this unique political system. 

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Meeting Minds; Encountering Worlds: Sciences and Other Expertises on the North Slope of Alaska

Monday, November 16th 5:00-6:30 pm, MZ126

Meeting Minds; Encountering Worlds: Sciences and Other Expertises on the North Slope of Alaska

Speaker: Barbara Bodenhorn

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Wednesday, October 21st 6:00pm

The Shultz Family Leadership in Humanitarian Engineering Speaker Series 

presents Dr. Tyler Priest,

Associate Professor of History and Geography

University of Iowa  (

Title of the talk: 
Oil on the Edge: The Interrelated Histories of Petroleum in the Alaskan Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico

Please join us Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 6 pm, BBW280

This event is co-sponsored with Hennebach Program in the Humanities, the McBride Honors Program and Mines Without Border

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Spring 2015:


"The ISIS Crisis and the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy" Panel

 Wednesday, April  8th from 5-7:00pm in Ballroom C

Presented by Hussein Amery

Panel Participants:

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof  

"Chaos in Syria: Prospects for a Political-Diplomatic Settlement." 


“Ambassador Frederic C. Hof is a senior fellow in the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.  He came to the Atlantic Council after a career as a US Army officer, a private sector CEO, and a Department of State diplomat.  He is a Vietnam veteran and much of his professional life has centered on the Middle East.  As a military officer he served on the commission that investigated the 1983 bombing of the US Marine Corps headquarters at Beirut International Airport and drafted key parts of the commission's report.  While in the private sector he took a leave of absence in 2001 to serve as chief of staff of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact Finding Commission, headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and was the principal drafter of the Commission's report.  In the Department of State from 2009 to 2012 he took the lead in an effort to mediate Syrian-Israeli peace and was given the rank of ambassador in his capacity as special advisor to the secretary of state for transition in Syria.  Ambassador Hof also oversaw efforts to reconcile conflicting Israeli and Lebanese exclusive economic zone claims.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Naval Postgraduate School.  Ambassador Hof is the author of two works on Middle Eastern boundary issues and numerous articles on Middle Eastern political, security, boundary and water issues.  Among his military decorations is the Purple Heart.”

Nader Hashemi

 “All Roads Lead to Damascus: Why the Future of ISIS and the Future of Syria are Intertwined”


Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and previously was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Global Institute. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2011) and The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013).

Danny Postel  

(panel discussant)


Danny Postel is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. His books include The Syria Dilemma (2013) and The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future (2011). He is a co-editor of PULSE and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Critical Inquiry. His writings have appeared in The American Prospect, Boston Review, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Dissent, The Guardian, Middle East Policy, The Nation, the New York Times, openDemocracy, Salon, and the Washington Post. 

Rafif Jouejati  

 “Freedom and the Voice of the Syrian People.”


Rafif Jouejati is a management consultant by profession, but left her career to join the Syrian revolution in April 2011. She founded and is the director of the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), and serves as spokesperson and executive committee member of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria. She also served as a spokesperson for the Syrian Opposition Coalition during the Geneva II talks. Rafif is also a member of the board of directors of The Day After Association, which developed a transitional framework for Syria in the post-Assad phase. She recently completed the Freedom Charter project, in which activists surveyed more than 50,000 Syrians to answer the fundamental question, “What do Syrians Want?”

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"America's Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture"--Panel Discussion

4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Marquez Hall 126

Presented by Tina Gianquitto

Moderated by Dr. John Spear

Panel Discussion with Authors

Three authors from the recently published collection of essays,
America's Darwin, will participate in a discussion about the
impact of Darwinian evolutionary theory in the U.S.
America's Darwin features 15 essays from authors working in
fields as diverse as anthropology, literature, biology, history of
science, geology, and entomology. Collectively, the authors of
the collection make the compelling case that the interpretation
of evolutionary theory in the U.S. has always shifted in relation
to prevailing cultural anxieties.

Invited Panelists

Dr. Lilian Carswell holds a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University and an M.S. in Marine
Mammal Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While completing her doctoral
dissertation, she began working as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She currently
serves as a Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Marine Conservation Coordinator for the USFWS.

Dr. Lydia Fisher is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University. She is
completing a book project, Domesticating the Nation: Science and Home Culture in Nineteenth-
Century America. She is a co-editor of America's Darwin.

Dr. Tina Gianquitto is Associate Professor and Interim Division Director of LAIS. She works
primarily at the intersections of literature and science and has published “Good Observers of
Nature”: American Women and the Scientific Study of the Natural World, 1820-1885, as well as
articles on women and evolutionary threory. She is a co-editor of America's Darwin

Jon A. Leydens

4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Marquez Hall 126

Fall 2014:


Jessica Smith

Destabilizing the "Macho" World of Mining:
Gender-Integrated Workforces in Wyoming

Commentary and Response
Priscilla P. Nelson, Head, Mining Engineering, CSM

4:00pm, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Marquez Hall 126


Carl Mitcham
The True Grand Challenge for Engineering: Self-Knowledge

Commentary and Response
Andoni Ibarra, Cátedra Miguel Sánchez-Mazas, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

Robert-Jan Geerts, Wageningen University, Netherlands

4:00pm, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Marquez Hall 126

John Heilbrunn
Oil Development in Africa

Commentary and Response
Graham Davis, Economics and Business, CSM

4:00pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Marquez Hall 126

Spring 2014:

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Howard Goldblatt:
An interview with Howard Goldblatt will be conducted by Prof. Carl Mitcham & NHV faculty

Monday,  April 7th, 2014  at Friedhoff Hall, Green Center 7 - 8.30 PM

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Dr. Kathleen Hancock (LAIS) as lecturer:
Thursday,  March 20th, 2014  at the Boettcher Room, Colorado School of Mines Library 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: The Russian-Ukrainian Crisis in Context: Gas, Guns, and Democracy

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The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Dr. Ryan Davison (American Chemical Society/ACS) as guest lecturer:
Wednesday,  March 5th, 2014  at Student Center Ballroom B 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: Our Voice in Congress: Experiences in the Political Realm of Scientific Research

Co-sponsors: Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, ACS CSM Student Chapter

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The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Prof. Cymene Howe as guest lecturer:
Friday,  January 24, 2014  at Student Center Ballroom D 12 - 1 PM
Title of the talk: The Ethics and Ecologics of Wind Energy Development in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Fall 2013: 

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities and the MIPER Program welcome Dr. Yoichiro Sato as guest lecturer:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Marquez Hall 126 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: Joint Ventures in Seabed Extractions in the Disputed Water - Cases from East Asia 

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 The United Nations declares October 11th, as Day of the Girl Child: 

The objective is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”

As support to this the Hennebach Program in the Humanities with the WISEM Program on campus have planned a screening and round table discussion of "Girl Rising" 

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities and the MIPER Program welcome back Dr. Christian Burgsmueller as guest lecturer:
Friday, November 8, 2013 at Boettcher Room Arthur Lakes Library 9 - 10  AM
Title of the talk: EU Energy and Climate Policy beyond 2020

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