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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 10, 2024, University Center Ballroom

Captivity and Cosmology in the Indigenous Intermountain West­


About the 2024 Aspinall Lecturer 

Dr. Seth Archer is an Associate Professor of History at Utah State University and a cultural and environmental historian of North America. He is the author of Sharks upon the Land: Colonialism, Indigenous Health, and Culture in Hawaiʻi, 1778–1855 (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which won the President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association. A recent article on the 1830s federal vaccination campaign in Indian Country appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. His new research concerns captivity in the nineteenth-century Intermountain West.


Aspinall Course

The Indigenous Intermountain West to 1900

This course will explore one of the least well-understood regions of Native North America, with particular focus on the dynamic period stretching from the late-eighteenth century to the dawn of the twentieth. Over the course of nine sessions, students will take in mini-lectures, discuss primary- and secondary-source readings, and write three brief response papers. In week three, we will construct a lesson and supplemental readings, as a group, for the one-semester Colorado history course mandated by the state.


April 8-26, MWF 3:00-4:30 pm

1 credit hour

SOCI 396, CRN 45967



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. For academic year 2024-2025, the Wayne N. Aspinall Award will be between $7,000 and $8,000. The Charles Traylor Award will be between $6,000 and $7,000. In addition, two Aspinall Scholarships will be awarded between $4,000 and $5,000.

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 February 1st, 2024.

Download the Aspinall Scholarship Application Form