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For Immediate Release
April 25, 2018

History Professor to Present
the 58th Distinguished Faculty Lecture

 

Ann Pfeifle, professor, History, at Moreno Valley College has been selected by her peers to deliver Riverside Community College District's Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Being selected as the lecturer is the highest honor faculty can bestow on a colleague. This year will make the 58th year the lecture has been held.

Lecturer

Pfeifle, whose lecture is entitled Exploring Family – Where Does History Take Us, will present her lecture at each of the three colleges in the District beginning with the May 3 presentation at her home college, Moreno Valley College, in the Student Academic Services Building, Room 121. Then on May 8 at Norco College in the Board Room at the Brenda and William Davis Center for Student Success Building, and May 10 at Riverside City College in the Digital Library Auditorium. Each of the lectures, which are open to the public and free, begin at 12:50 pm and a small reception will follow.

Pfeifle's lecture will discuss the family history which has undergone a revolution of sorts over the last decade. Americans spend billions of dollars a year on direct-to-consumer genetic tests and thousands of hours online building internet family trees. Building on this trend, Pfeifle will explore the potential benefits and the disputes associated with this renewed interest in genealogy and the production of family history by presenting her own experience with the company 23andMe and the impact of discovering her genes as a child of a closed adoption.

Pfeifle will explore "how do we define ourselves and present our family history; what makes us who we are — our culture, our genes, our shared stories; and how might our views of our community, nation and world change if we focus on the fact that we are 99.99 percent the same?"

Pfeifle holds a master's degree in History from UC Riverside as well as undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Moorehead State. Pfeifle, who joined the District faculty in 2001, began her career at Mt. San Jacinto College. She also worked for the city of Riverside as a public historian in the Riverside Local History Resource Center and later in the Planning Department.

In April 2017, she earned the rank of full professor after teaching classes across the District, including at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco as part of the District's Open Campus program. She has worked with local historical organizations to promote connections between the colleges and the community, specifically the military community.

She developed the Associate Degree for Transfer in History for MVC. In spring 2014, Pfeifle, along with two colleagues, presented a lecture and discussion for the community on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. A four-time winner of the Outstanding Club Advisor award, Pfeifle has advised Pride Alliance, Muslim Student Association, Young Americans for Liberty, and Students for Responsible Citizenry. She has also been honored as the Faculty of the Year (Humanities and Social Sciences) three times and has participated in the Puente Program and the Faculty Internship Program, serving as a mentor for students.

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