Location: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium
These speakers are part of the Boulder County Latino History Project, created in 2013 to document and share the history of Latinos in the county. They will be discussing how this initiative engaged high school and college interns volunteers and other community members, many of them Latino, in gathering oral histories, newspapers, photographs and other primary source materials. This information is available online, through presentations to school and community groups, and through a two-volume set of books titled Latinos of Boulder County, Colorado, 1900-1980 written by McIntosh. The project is now helping K-12 teachers in Boulder County and around the state to incorporate Latino history and culture into the curriculum.
Doors open at 12:30; advance registration is not required.
Esther Blazon graduated from Longmont High School in 1968 after marriage and the birth of her children and then attended CU Boulder through a program for migrant workers’ children. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked as the first director of bilingual education for the St. Vrain School District; later she obtained a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. For the next 23 years she worked for Boulder County as a mental health specialist and coordinator of the program Circulo de la Vida Familiar. Active in many community and volunteer organizations, Blazon was one of the founders of the Boulder County Latino History Project and served as the Chair of its Advisory Committee.
Marjorie K. McIntosh retired as a distinguished professor after teaching history for 28 years at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has taught and done research about the history of England, 1300-1650, women in modern Africa, and—closer to home—Latino history. After helping to create the Boulder County Latino History Project, preparing material for its website, and writing the pair of books that describe what the project has learned, she is now engaged with the Boulder County Latino History Project’s work with K-12 teachers. For more information, visit McIntosh's website.
Kent Willmann spent 31 years preparing young community members by teaching high school social studies in St. Vrain Valley Schools. While there, he thoroughly enjoyed working with student teachers, especially those from CU. Currently, he works as an instructor in CU Boulder’s School of Education working with the next generation of teachers. As co-director of the Boulder County Latino History Project Summer Teacher Workshop he strives to help teachers design and deliver lessons that tell under-told stories and engage all our kids. He is also the curriculum writing and trainer for The Colorado Municipal League’s Lessons on Local Government. For more information, visit Willmann's website.