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Texas State to host
Second Annual Meeting of the
Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America

Interethnic Relations:
New Approaches to Old Debates

October 22-24, 2015

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Victor HolkAll of us here at the Center for the Study of the Southwest are incredibly saddened by the passing of Victor Holk.  Recently graduating with his MA in philosophy from Texas State University, Victor had been an editorial assistant for Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review.  The latest cover photograph of TBR was taken by him. Victor’s house caught on fire and, while saving his wife, their pets, and a friend who was staying over, Victor was badly burned.  Victor fought for two months before finally succumbing to his injuries.  Victor was a talented singer-songwriter who played a lot at Cheatham Street Warehouse and other venues in San Marcos.  His music was inspired by folk artists and the southwestern landscapes he loved.   He is survived by his wife, Caitlin.  He will be sorely missed.

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Tim Z. Hernandez: All They Will Call You
SEPTEMBER 22, 6:00-7:30 PM
Reading  |  Presentation
Wittliff Gallery, 7th Floor Alkek Library 

Tim HernandezTim Z. Hernandez presents research on his journey to identify 28 people who died in the 1948 Los Gatos Canyon plane crash. The 28 Mexican nationals were buried in a mass grave and went unidentified for over 60 years. Hernandez's research will be published in a "carefully woven narrative of the incident, the song, and the lives of all 32 passengers who died, told via transcribed interviews, documents, letters and photographs." Hosted by Texas State's Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Wittliff Collections.

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Fall 2016 Exhibit:
Voces de Braceros del Valle del Río Grande Photography Exhibit

Several university classes in a border institution collaborated between 2011 and 2012 with elders from both sides of the Texas México border to construct a new narrative about the Bracero program, the international labor agreement sponsored by the United States and México between 1942 and 1964. Using oral histories and the creation of personal narratives, undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty worked with living Braceros and other elders to engage Braceros and their families living on both sides of the border to capture their stories and to make these stories public. Presented by Samuel Garza and Miguel Guajardo, this exhibit is their contribution to the 2015-2016 Common Experience theme, "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, an Homage to Dr. Tomas Rivera."

Severo Perez

Severo Perez Severo Perez

The Center for the Study of the Southwest is pleased to announce that Severo Perez, acclaimed filmmaker best known for his award winning movie ...and the earth did not swallow him, will be the center’s Visiting Artist for Fall 2015. Originally from San Antonio, Perez moved to Los Angeles in 1972 to pursue a career in the motion picture industry. His productions have won more than 50 awards, including three CINE Golden Eagles. Perez is also an accomplished
playwright and novelist.

September 29
7:00-9:00 p.m. | Alkek Library, Teaching Theater, screening of... and the earth did not swallow him.
October 20
6:00-7:30 p.m. | Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections, reading and discussion of Speak Only of Cats.
November 3
6:00-7:30 p.m. | Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections,
The Making of a Chicano filmmaker: workshop on becoming a filmmaker
College of Education, The Wittliff Collections, College of Applied Arts, College of Liberal Arts, Hispanic Policy Network


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Texas Medieval Association Meeting to Consider the Southwest

One of the themes of the Texas Medieval Association’s 2015 annual conference is “The Medieval Southwest.” The meeting will take place at Texas State University, in San Marcos, October 16-18, 2015, and  abstracts and proposals are due to Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya (yb10@txstate.edu) by September 10, 2015. The call for papers may be found at http://www.modlang.txstate.edu/tema-cfp.



Texas Books in Review

is a quarterly publication that monitors the literary production of books from or about Texas, providing rich reviews about contemporary publications across diverse fields and genres.


Southwestern American Literature

is a biannual scholarly journal that includes literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and book reviews concerning the Greater Southwest.


Texas Crime Atlas

our inaugural publication by geographers Lawrence E. Estaville, Kristine Egan, and D. Kim Rossmo.

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