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    Cultural and linguistic diversity in the San Luis Valley

    This 18 minute film was the final project for a class taught during block 3, 2014 entitled "Cultural and linguistic diversity in the San Luis Valley." The course explored the cultural and linguistic heritage of the San Luis Valley of Colorado as a platform for understanding and working with diverse learners in various contexts. Through practicum work with English language learners in Center School (in the town of Center, Colorado) the students experienced the connections between culture, language acquisition and education. The film documents their two weeks of practicum work in the Valley.

  • Thumbnail for Comparative wildland urban fire policy : the Australian prepare, act, and survive approach during the Waldo Canyon Fire in the United States
    Comparative wildland urban fire policy : the Australian prepare, act, and survive approach during the Waldo Canyon Fire in the United States by Landsman, Charles King

    Wildfires worldwide are increasing in intensity and frequency while more residents move into the wildland urban interface. Fires such as the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, Colorado emphasized this sad reality in June of 2012. Because of worsening conditions, many regions around the United States are exploring innovative policies to ensure residents are protected and the loss of structures is reduced. One such policy is the Prepare, Act, Survive approach developed by the Australians. Prepare, Act, Survive emphasizes mutual responsibility between residents and fire or land management authorities and encourages residents located in fire prone areas to prepare their property well before a blaze. Residents are then formally allowed to stay and defend their properties if they wish to do so or encouraged to leave well before the fire threatens them if they desire. This paper explores both the American Mandatory Evacuation policy and the Australian Prepare, Act, Survive approach. Finally, it predicts how many homes could have potentially been saved if residents had been allowed to stay and defend their property during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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    Colorado College summer dance festival

    Brief video clip of Rosey Puloka, 2008 and 2009 participant, describing the Summer Dance Festival, part of the Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts, bringing performances by the college and community partners each summer.

  • Thumbnail for Reimagining Western feminist notions : a conversation with American and Egyptian Islamic feminists
    Reimagining Western feminist notions : a conversation with American and Egyptian Islamic feminists by Jorgenson, Nicole

    This thesis will consider the work and actions of Egyptian and American Muslim women in order to inform a conversation regarding the scope of Western Feminist discourse. These two case studies will serve as examples of distinct Muslim feminist actors who engage with their unique cultures and values in order to reshape gender norms. Using the theoretical framework supplied by Foucault, I will demonstrate how conceptions of power and agency employed in the Western feminist discourse are not adequate for representing all manifestations of Islamic feminism. It will become evident that understanding the forms of Islamic feminism represented in this study is a crucial step for reframing the terms and values which comprise feminist thought.

  • Thumbnail for Teaching second languages with bilingual children’s literature : investigating the benefits of bilingual literature in the ESL classroom
    Teaching second languages with bilingual children’s literature : investigating the benefits of bilingual literature in the ESL classroom by Koncak, Alexandra Lynn

    Children will attain the greatest proficiency in second languages when bilingual children’s literature is incorporated into the curriculum and learning environment, such as the school or classroom library. Additionally, semi-bilingual children’s texts will be more effective at introducing English to ELL students than fully-bilingual texts, because the format of the text forces the students to read more of their second language.