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The Aspinall Lectureship in History and Political Science has developed into a significant competition with numerous applicants recognized as national authorities in their fields.

It is with pleasure that the Foundation, with Colorado Mesa University, is able to sponsor a free lecture to the public.

7 pm, April 20, 2022, University Center Ballroom

On Bravery in this New World:  Global Climate Change, Poverty, and People on the Move

What have been the effects of global climate change in Central America and Central Africa?  Can migrants and their hosts find accommodation?  What about the migrants' spirit worlds?  All this and more. 


About the 2022 Aspinall Lecturer 

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Douglas Monroy is Professor Emeritus of History at The Colorado College.  A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Hollywood High School and UCLA, he presently lives in Colorado Springs. He is the author of the prize winning Thrown among Strangers:  The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California and Rebirth:  Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression, both from the University of California Press.  His latest book,  The Borders Within:  Encounters between Mexico and the US.  (University of Arizona Press)  Is a work of “creative non-fiction.”  It’s unifying theme revolves around how Mexico and America have been such “intimate strangers.”  It provides somewhat personalized explorations of NAFTA and the New World Border; the California missions and Ranchos; how one falls in love with Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona, fajitas and avocados; American liberals’ inability to understand Mexicans; bodies on the beach; Mexican immigrants in America; the shifting identities of Mexicans in America, and more.  The Borders Within expresses wonder, dismay, confusion, and excitement about the perplexities and ironies of Mexico’s and America’s interactions with one another.  Professor Monroy serves on the OAH Distinguished Speakers Series.  He has led numerous workshops and seminars for K-12 teachers on a variety of issues related to his scholarly work.

Aspinall Course

The New World Border: The Causes and Consequences of Human Migrations.

April 11-29, MWF 3:00-4:30 pm

1 credit hour

CRN 45775



Each year, applicants from CMU's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a 3.0 GPA or higher are interviewed by the Aspinall Foundation Board for scholarships. At present, the Wayne N. Aspinall Award is $9,000. The Charles Traylor Award is $7,000. In addition, four Aspinall Scholarships are awarded for $5,000 each and one at $2,000. There are normally 12-16 qualified applicants.

Please note that Aspinall scholarships are considered and awarded separately from CMU's general scholarship application. Applicants must submit a separate application, available below. The due date is March 1st, 2022.

Download the Aspinall Scholarship Application Form