TU to host H.G. Barnard Distinguished Lecture Series in March

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The H.G. Barnard Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Colorado College professor Anne Hyde

Brian Hosmer, the H.G. Barnard Chair of Western American History, has announced that the annual H.G. Barnard Distinguished Lecture Series will feature guest lecturer Anne Hyde, professor of history at Colorado College, on March 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Gilcrease Museum Auditorium. 

Anne HydeHyde, the William R. Hochman Professor of History at Colorado College, will discuss “Hiding in Plain Sight: Mixed Blood Families and Race in the Nineteenth Century United States West.”  Since arriving at Colorado College in 1991, she has served as chair of Race and Ethnic Studies and as director of the Partnership for Civic Engagement and the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies. Hyde received her A.B. degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of California at Berkeley.

Hyde has published widely in the history of the American West, served on editorial boards for the Pacific Historical Review and the Western Historical Quarterly, and has been elected to the Councils of the Western Historical Association and the American Historical Association.

Her most recent book, Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize. Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history and diplomacy. Hyde’s book, which Columbia University calls “a highly original history of the American West,” was among the 175 books considered for the 2012 prize. Using letters and business records to document the broad family associations that crossed national and ethnic boundaries, Hyde effectively recasts the fur trade, Mexican War, gold rushes, and the Overland Trail. “These folks turned out to be almost entirely people of great wealth and status who loved and married across racial and cultural lines," Hyde said. "It turns out that the West of that period is really a mixed race world that made perfect cultural and economic sense until national ideas made that cultural choice impossible in the 1850s.”

Dr. Brian Hosmer