Pamela Krch
Pamela Krch graduated summa cum laude from CMU in 2007. She is presently pursuing a doctorate from the University of Texas at El Paso.


Alumna Pamela Krch returns to campus as Michrina Memorial Lecturer

Colorado Mesa University alumna Pamela Kay Krch returns to campus this spring as the 2015-16 Barry Michrina Memorial Lecturer. The lecture, “Cultural Sovereignty and Cultural Violence: Native American Easel Painting in Santa Fe, 1900-1945,” will occur on March 31 at 7pm in Wubben Hall and Science Center, in the Saccomanno Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a discussion of the topic.

Krch earned her bachelor of arts degree in history from CMU in 2007, graduating summa cum laude. In 2010, she received a master’s degree in history and public history from New Mexico State University. The following year she enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso's borderlands history doctoral program. Krch will defend her doctoral dissertation, “Cultural Sovereignty and Cultural Violence: Native American Artists and the Dunn Studio, 1932–1962,” in April.

The talk she will give to CMU’s audience is based on her dissertation research. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon the fields of cultural anthropology, history and art history, Krch will discuss the “dance of negotiation” between Native American painters and white elites in Santa Fe, N.M., over artistic expression, profitability, cultural appropriation and efforts to preserve Native American culture.

The event is sponsored by the CMU Department of Social and Behavioral Science’s Michrina Committee, the CMU Foundation’s Michrina Fund and the Native American Student Alliance.

The lecture series is held annually in the memory of late CMU anthropology professor Barry Michrina, PhD, who died unexpectedly in 2012. Described by his fellow faculty members as a professor “not easily forgotten,” Michrina taught at the university for more than 20 years. His courses on Native Americans, world cultures, religion and culture and ethnographic methods were popular with students, and he won the institution’s prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award in 1997.

The Barry Michrina Memorial Fund, created through donations from faculty, students, friends and family, was established to honor Michrina’s commitment to Native American cultures. In 2015, the second $1,000 annual scholarship was awarded to a Native American student attending CMU. Donations to the fund may be made through the Colorado Mesa University Foundation.

Learn more about the Michrina series and scholarship, as well as this year’s event.

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