American West Program at Colorado State University Features Â??a New Peek at Pike’

The American West Program at Colorado State University presents a talk June 24 on new scholarship on the Zebulon Pike Expedition that traveled through the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase in 1806-07.

Jared Orsi, assistant professor at Colorado State, will present "A New Peek at Pike" at 7 p.m. in Room 104 in the newly named Albert C. Yates Hall, formerly the Chemistry/Biosciences Building. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7.

Orsi, a scholar in Western American borderlands studies who has been teaching at Colorado State since 2000, recently received a Colorado Endowment for the Humanities research grant examining environmental and borderlands interpretation of Pike’s Colorado expedition. On that expedition, Pike explored the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers and reconnoitered Spanish settlements in New Mexico. Pike and his men went up the Arkansas River to the site of Pueblo, Colo., and explored much of the country, sighting the peak that is named after him, Pikes Peak.

The final American West Program talk on July 1 will be "The Search for Lewis and Clark" by Ken Karsmizki, executive director of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Ore. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 104 in Albert C. Yates Hall on campus.

For more details on parking, tickets and the lectures, call Anne Bond, coordinator of the American West Program, at 491-6418.