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Who Are We?



Welcome to Southwest Studies! We’d like to let you know a little about the Aficionados program and the Colorado College Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, which sponsors the program.

The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies was established in 1987 as a center for scholarship on the Southwest and community outreach. The Center is closely related to the Southwest Studies Program at CC – an academic program that offers courses focused on the Southwest – spanning the disciplines from Fine Arts to Natural Sciences and offering students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary majors and minors in Southwest studies. The Center also funds faculty research on Southwest topics, sponsors campus visits and lectures by distinguished Southwest scholars, and works closely with Native American and Latino student groups on campus cultural events.

The Aficionados program began in 1984, actually predating the Hulbert Center by three years. The program hosts six to eight lecture luncheons on campus each academic year including the annual “Women in the West” lecture sponsored by the CC Women’s Education Society.

The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies is located in the Dern House on the CC campus, at 1109 North Cascade Avenue. We invite you to drop in, say hello, and look around our collections.

Five of us -- three faculty members and two staff – “live” in the Hulbert Center. Here is a little bit about each one of us:

Professor Eric Leonard – W.M. Keck Director of the Hulbert Center and Director of the Southwest Studies Program – Eric is a Professor of Geology at the College, whose areas of research and teaching interest include climate change and water in the West, as well as the evolution of Rocky Mountain and Southwestern landscapes. He has been on the CC faculty since 1981(!) and in 2012, he took over the Directorship of the Hulbert Center and the Southwest Studies program.

Nancy Fox—Staff Assistant—Nancy came to CC four years ago from Tucson, AZ (where she first fell in love with the Southwest, while maintaining her East Coast roots). She takes care of all of the inner workings of the Hulbert Center while supporting the Southwest Studies academic program. She especially enjoys her relationships with not only our majors and minors, but with the student workers who help support our program, and with the NASU (Native American Student Union) students who call Hulbert their home.

Santiago Ivan Guerra--Assistant Professor of Southwest Studies—After two years at Colorado College as Visiting Faculty, Santiago joined the Southwest Studies Department as a full-time professor at the onset of the 2013-2014 school year. He is an anthropologist whose primary research on drug consumption, drug trafficking, and drug policing analyzes the social change experienced by the South Texas-Mexico border as a result of border securing and the prohibitionist politics of drug control. Santiago’s courses on the drug war, immigration, borders and borderlands, and Latinas/os in the Southwest are extremely popular with Colorado College students, and as the only full-time Southwest Studies faculty, he has already provided a large and positive impact on the Hulbert Center. Santiago is a regular attendee of the Aficionados lectures as well. 

Sarah Paris—Outreach Coordinator—After graduating college on the East Coast, and spending a year living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Sarah left her childhood home in Maryland, and settled in Colorado Springs. Her “stint” in Colorado was supposed to be a short one—she took a job working with a small film company, and imagined she’d stay in Colorado for six months at the most. Although her work in a variety of positions in feature film has taken her out of the Southwest on numerous occasions, the latest 1½ years in Los Angeles left her heart aching for Colorado and the greater Southwest. She is excited about the opportunity to grow the Hulbert Center’s Outreach program—for the Aficionados, for the students, and for the community-at-large, and has enjoyed connecting with each of you. Sarah has always held a secret desire to become part of a prestigious academic institution (as either adjunct faculty or staff), and is happy to be a part of the Colorado College family.

Eric P. Perramond --Associate Professor of Southwest Studies and Environmental Science—Eric teaches research methods courses for both Southwest Studies and the Environmental Program, and many other first-year and advanced courses in both Southwest Studies and Environmental Sciences. He has published widely in geography and interdisciplinary journals, and his first book was released in 2010 (Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions, Arizona University Press, 2010). He is currently engaged in his next book project tentatively entitled, “The Unruly Waters: Governance, Justice, and Ecological Power in New Mexico.” Since arriving at Colorado College in 2005, Professor Perramond has been actively involved in numerous interdisciplinary initiatives, including the development of the Southwest Studies major, and a new Environmental Policy track within the Environmental Program. He has lived extensively in France and regularly leads field excursions throughout the American Southwest. After a semester teaching at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Eric is eager to come back to the Colorado College campus in January.

We hope that this gives you a peek under the curtain of our (collective) world, and we are so happy that you are a part of our program. Our hope is that the holiday season treats each of you well, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014.