Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, winners of the National Poetry Slam, the world’s largest Slam Poetry event. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. Theo returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, inc. The organization uses the barber shop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing. After viral video success beginning in 2015, Theo grew his social media following to well over 70,000 people. Due to audience demand, he published his first book in 2017, “The Law of Action.” The book addresses some of the misconceptions about the law of attraction, and the role direct action plays into manifestation. It can be found on Amazon.com, or his website, TheoWilson.net. In 2017, his TED Talk entitled, “A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right,” was seen world wide, amassing a total of over 17 million views.
Theo is the host of The History Channel’s hit series, “I Was There.” He has been featured on Good Morning America, BuzzFeed, CNN, Good Day Canada, and TV One.
Born in Denver, Nicki Gonzales has deep roots in the coal mining and agricultural communities of Northern and Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Like so many Mexican Americans in this region, her grandparents moved to Denver during WWII for economic opportunities. She is the mom of two boys who are historians in their own right—Danny and Teddy.
Nicki is a graduate of Yale University, with a BA in English literature, and CU-Boulder, with a PhD in American History. Currently, she serves as Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University. She specializes in the history of the American West, specifically the history of the Sangre de Cristo land grant and the San Luis community’s 160-year legal and cultural struggle to protect its historic land rights.
Her most recent projects include a Historic Context Project—a collaborative project with the City of Denver—which will inform the City’s historic preservation decisions—and an oral history of Chicano Vietnam Veterans.
The 11th Avenue Hostel, located only one block from the conference with comfy private rooms and cafe on site, is offering conference attendees 15% off. Reserve direction at 11thavenuehostel.com and use the following code: 15ForTeachers.
CCSS is continuing its multi-year partnership with TAH throughout the 2022-23 school year to bring you relevant, robust opportunities to engage in scholarly discussion with your colleagues from across the state. The focus for this year's series will be US Foreign Policy. Each session will include short readings in advance and a live discussion led by a TAH scholar. Each semester, there will be three virtual sessions and one in-person session. You may choose to attend one, a few, or all sessions throughout the year. All sessions are free for CCSS members.
Register at the links below:
January 25, 2023 (Virtual)
February 15, 2023 (Virtual)
March 1, 2023 (Virtual)
March 31, 2023 (In-Person)
Colorado Council for the Social Studies received the Gold Star Award from NCSS at the 2019 NCSS annual conference. Pictured L-R: Kent Willmann, NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska, Kristin Ayala, and Anton Schulzki