OSHR 1052 - Miracle in Fort Morgan: How an Eastern Colorado Town became a Global Model for Immigrant and Refugee Integration

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The eastern Colorado town of Fort Morgan is largely renowned for being the boyhood home of big band leader Glen Miller. Over the past eight years however, it has emerged as one of the State’s most diverse municipalities and currently stands as a global model for immigrant and refugee integration.

This course will explore the multiple factors that contributed to its recent demographic transformation and will speak with the key"change makers" credited with guiding the community through this potentially-volatile period of change: Director of the OneMorgan County, Superintendent of Morgan County School District, Chief of the Fort Morgan Police Department, Director of Human Resources at Cargill Meat Solutions, Refugee Resettlement Agents from Lutheran Family Services, and teachers from the Migrant Education Newcomer Academy.

Readings: Massey, Douglas,"Assimilation in the New Geography" New Faces in New Places
(New York: Russell Sage, 2008): pp. 343-352.
Fort Morgan Heritage Foundation, Morgan County: A Land of Immigrants (2014).
Legg, Kathleen, "That Young Girl Should Be in School, Not Out Drilling Wheat!" The Germans from Russia, Race, and Americanization in Northeastern Colorado. (2005): 1-29.
Stanley, Kathleen; "Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the Midwestern Meatpacking Industry: Industrial Restructuring and the Transformation of Rural Labor Markets," Policy Studies Review 11:2 (Summer 1992): pp. 106-115.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.