When: Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m. (MST)
Where: Armstrong Hall 300, the Max Kade Theatre, Colorado College
Panelists: Dr. Jessica Giles Copeland, Colorado College Collaborative for Community Engagement; Dr. Jean Scandlyn, University of Colorado at Denver; Dr. Anne Hyde, Colorado College History Department; Jason Copeland, U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics Department; Col. Mark Wells, U.S. Air Force Academy History Department; Dr. Jeanne Heidler, U.S. Air Force Academy History Department; Janet Edwards, U.S. Air Force Mortuary Affairs .
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Jessica Copeland is Director of the Collaborative for Community Engagement at Colorado College. Trained as a developmental psychologist, her primary research and teaching interests are in the psychology of war, particularly the sociocognitive mechanisms that support military training, the experience of combat, and the cultural narratives that facilitate war. Jessica has served as a consultant for United States Army Special Operations Command.
Jean Scandlyn is Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Trained as a medical anthropologist, Jean has broad interests in global health and equity, and is currently conducting a NEH-funded community-based ethnographic study of the effects of multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan on soldiers and their families in the Colorado Springs community.
Anne Hyde is Professor of History and Director of the Crown Faculty Center at Colorado College. She teaches the history of Native America and of North America more generally. Anne has served as Chair of Race and Ethnic Studies, and as Director of the Partnership for Civic Engagement and the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies. Anne's recent book, “Empires, Nations & Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860,” won the 2012 Bancroft Prize and was a 2012 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.
Jason Copeland is Director of the Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Program at the United States Air Force Academy, where he also teaches water survival and provides support for ground combat training. From 2001-2010, Jason served 8 combat deployments with Air Force Special Operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has particular expertise in high altitude tactics, close air support, and combat search and rescue.
Colonel Mark K. Wells is Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of History, Dean of the Faculty, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. He provides leadership for a 31-person academic department teaching 40 different courses to over 3,000 cadets annually. He is responsible for providing quality curriculum and instruction for three majors: History, American History, and Military History. Colonel Wells is a 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He also holds an M.A. in History from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College, University of London.
Following pilot training, he served in a variety of flying and leadership assignments in the Strategic Air Command and the Air Training Command. His teaching experiences include three years as an Assistant Professor of Military History at the Air Force Academy and two years part-time at the University of Maryland. Shortly after attending the Air Command and Staff College, he served two years as a Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, where he participated first-hand in NATO’s evolving strategy and conventional force structure changes. He graduated from the Army War College in 1993. Before assuming his current position, Colonel Wells served as the Department of History’s Deputy Head and Senior Military Professor. His interests include NATO, military history, airpower, and the human dimension of combat. Colonel Wells has authored several monographs in encyclopedias. He has also published articles in a number of periodicals, including Military Review, Airpower Journal, Living History, and Air Classics. Colonel Wells’ first book, Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War, won the Society for Military History’s 1997 Distinguished Book Award.
Jeanne T. Heidler has published extensively on the early American republic, the Antebellum period, and the Civil War. In collaboration with her husband David, her work includes Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 and the award-winning Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Social, Political, and Military History, which received the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Award. Jeanne is the co-author of Old Hickory’s War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire, The War of 1812, Manifest Destiny, Daily Life in the Early American Republic: Creating a New Nation, 1790-1820, The Mexican War, and a study of Indian Removal for W. W. Norton. In addition to generating new insights into American history through their own published works, Jeanne is the general editor of various series that examine U.S. civil-military relations, American soldiers’ lives, and life on the home front. Her most recent work is Henry Clay: The Essential American  published by Random House in 2010. Jeanne is Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy where she is the senior civilian member of her department.
Ms. Janet A. Edwards is the 10th Force Support Squadron Mortuary Affairs Officer, USAF Academy, Colorado. She is responsible for the execution of all Mortuary and Base Honor Guard programs supporting more than 4,000 future Air Force leaders and over 25,000 military, civilian and dependent personnel. She manages the only remaining active cemetery in the United States Air Force.
Ms. Edwards oversees facility, infrastructure, and equipment improvements to the 10 acre cemetery, including a Memorial Pavilion, Cemetery Directory, Memorial Garden and Columbarium. She is currently orchestrating plans for cemetery expansion to meet the future needs of Academy Graduates and their families.
She executes funeral ceremonies, memorial support, and special events for USAFA and the entire Front Range with a 35 person Honor Guard Team, coordinating with agencies including family members, all USAFA Mission Partners, the 10th Air Base Wing and USAFA Chapel personnel, the Patriot Guard Riders, local area funeral homes and county law enforcement officials.
Ms. Edwards is also instrumental in supporting the Wreaths Across America program, and is officially recognized as an Air Force level subject matter expert, where she is called upon frequently by higher headquarters personnel for consultation or travel to Washington D.C. to assist in national-level mortuary related issues.
Originally from Kermit, Texas, Ms. Edwards began her career in 1985 as a Clerk-Typist, and later a Staffing Specialist and Employee Relations Technician at Elmendorf AFB AK. In 1992, she accepted the newly created civilian Mortuary Technician position at the Air Force Academy. Since that time, she has progressed to the position of Mortuary Affairs Officer and has planned and executed approximately 725 funerals during her tenure, including repatriated remains of fallen 10 U.S. Airmen from foreign soil.