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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Colorado History Day

National History Day in Colorado

Speakers Bureau List

The following experts are available for classroom presentations and/or personal interviews with History Day students.
To inquire, please contact Kendra Black ( This list is being updated regularly, so check back frequently.

Chris Agee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • 20th Century, U.S. Domestic History

Thomas Andrews, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
University of Colorado Boulder

  • Ludlow Massacre

Wes Brown
St. Charles Capital
Map Collector & Geographer

  • Geography
  • Colorado Gold Rush
  • Discovery of the Americas

William Burruel

  • Law Enforcement History
  • Vietnam War

Gene Dawson, PhD

Civil rights activist and acquaintance of Martin Luther King, Jr as a chaplain at Boston University, 1963. Dr. Dawson participated with students in a desegregation of a lunch counter and non-violent marches. He was jailed along with Martin Luther King, Jr., and had numerous encounters with the Ku Klux Klan. 

Marilynn Hitchens

University of Colorado Denver

  • General World History
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe

Xiaojia Hou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • China
  • East Asia
  • Japan
  • Russia

Rebecca Hunt, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • U.S. History
  • Women’s History
  • American Civil War
  • American West
  • Colorado
  • Denver
  • Immigration and Ethnicity

Pamela Laird, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
University of Colorado Denver

  • U.S. Business History and Business Culture
  • U.S. Technology History
  • U.S. Cultural History

Marjorie Levine-Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • Modern Britain (19th and 20th Century)
  • Women’s History (U.S. & Europe)
  • Medical History
  • Welfare and Social Policy
  • World War I (Social and Cultural Issues)
  • World War II (Social and Cultural Issues)

Min Mochizuki

  • Japanese Internment, including Amache

Tom Noel , Ph.D.
(aka Dr. Colorado)

Professor of History,
Director of Public History & Preservation
University of Colorado Denver

  • Colorado History

Kelly Palmer
University of Colorado Denver

  • 20th Century Europe
  • French History

John Suthers
Attorney General,
State of Colorado

  • Constitution
  • Rule of Law

​​​​​​​​​​ Carlotta Walls LaNier
Member of the Little Rock Nine

One of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls Lanier, lives right here in Colorado and may be available to answer written questions or to speak. Because Ms. Lanier is inundated with requests, she asks that you first read her book, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School before you contact her. The book will answer many of your questions. Once you have read it, you may submit written questions to her by emailing her at Time-permitting, she will answer them. We recommend that you also watch a documentary on the Little Rock Nine, like Eyes on the Prize. Together, the book and a documentary will help you to understand the topic. If you would like to schedule Ms. Lanier as a speaker, you can contact Follow this link for a teacher’s guide:

Michael Welsh, Ph.D.

Professor of History,
University of Northern Colorado

  • National Parks

  • American Indian History

  • US Military History

  • Southwestern History

Greg Whitesides, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International History (20th Century)
  • History of Science

Hank Wyeno
Japanese-American and Educator

  • Multimedia presentation addressing Japanese internment, Hawaii battalion, and Japanese Americans in Colorado

Kariann Yokota, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
University of Colorado Denver

  • The American Revolution
  • The American Colonies
  • Anglo-American Relations