Blue Texas: Back to the Future | A Reflection by Max Krochmal
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12:30-2:30 pm | Flowers Hall 230
Blue Texas is about the other Texas, a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. At the ballot box and in the streets, Mexican Americans, African Americans and labor activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. And it worked, permanently changing the racial political order in Texas.
In this talk, Max Krochmal goes back to the politics of community organizing in Jim Crow Texas to consider all of our futures in Texas after Trump and after Hurricane Harvey.
Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice | Exhibit
On View - September 13 - December 13, 2017 | Opening Reception and Reading - September 13 | 12:00pm | Brazos Hall
Developed through a one-year onsite artist-in-residence program at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California, SanTana’s Fairy Tales is a visual art installation, oral history, storytelling project initiated by artist/author Sarah Rafael García. The project integrates community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimm’s’ fairy tales).
Steve Schafer: The Border, book reading and panel
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Reading 5:30pm; Panel Discussion 6pm | The Wittliff Collections
Steve Schafer visits Texas State University to read from his new book, The Border, a novel about four Mexican teenagers who flee to the U.S. through the scorching Sonoran Desert after getting caught in the cross fire of the narco-violence along the U.S./Mexico border. After the reading, a panel discussion entitled “Immigration and the Refugee Experience” will focus on the experiences and criminalization of immigrants with insights from Dr. Jose Coll (Director, School of Social Work at Texas State), Dr. Luis Torres (College of Social Work, University of Houston), Chief Benjamine “Carry” Huffman (Chief of Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters), and Dr. John Mckiernen-Gonzalez (Director, Center for the Study of the Southwest).
All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands
A reading by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 11:00am – 12:20pm | The Wittliff Collections
After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home—only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between and the people who live there.
William Jensen: Cities of Men
April 27, 2017 | 5:30 pm Reception | 6:00 pm Reading | Brazos Hall
Join the Center for the Study of the Southwest in celebrating the release of their own William Jensen's first novel, Cities of Men. A book signing with advanced copies of Cities of Men will follow the reading.
In 1987, twelve-year-old Cooper Balsam's mother, Arden, disappears without a trace. As days pass, Cooper and his father search for the most important woman in their lives. From the hills of Southern California, to the deserts of Arizona, and down to the beaches of Mexico, the father and son will look for someone who may not want to be found for reasons they don't yet understand.
Tim Z. Hernandez: And They Will Call You
April 6, 2017 | 12:30 pm. in Brazos Hall | 5:30 pm at the Wittliff Collections
Tim Z. Hernandez shares the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, Hernandez’ weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song.
Landscapes, Peoples, and Institutions: Constructing the Borderlands
An International Symposium Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:30 am – 5 pm | Flowers Hall 230
Developments along US-Mexico Borderlands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had long-lasting effects and contributed decisively to give the region its current configuration. This symposium offers a fresh look at some of the ways in which peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds and geographical origins adapted to the borderlands environment and to one another during that period.
A Fresh Look at the Fort Parker Raid of 1836
Wednesday, March 29 | 3:30 p.m. | Brazos Hall
Texas was an independent Republic for just a few years, between 1836 and 1846. This relatively short time span was, however, particularly prolific in producing frontier myths, heroes, and antiheroes, some of which have resisted the test of time surprisingly well. The Comanche Indians of the southern plains are doubtlessly one of the most enduring icons of that mythical legacy. On May 19, 1836, an Indian raid on Fort Parker, in today’s Limestone County, Texas, resulted in the killing and capture of several Anglo settlers, including Cynthia Ann Parker –future mother of the famous Comanche leader Quanah. This fabled incident has become one of the foundational myths of the Texas Republic. Dr. Gelo’s careful scrutiny of eyewitness accounts, and his understanding of indigenous geopolitical strategies at the time will reveal what actually happened at Fort Paker, the exact identity of the attackers, and what their motivations were, redressing both the standard account of the raid and some recent interpretations.
An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction Reading
Brazos Hall | March 2, 2017 | 12:30 pm
Published by Lamar University Press, Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction is a collection of works that “celebrates with intimate detail and incredible scope why Texans are so fascinated with, wary of, confounded by, and thankful for their weather.” Edited by Laurence Musgrove and Terry Dalrymple, this anthology includes an amazing array of 59 writers. Of these writers and editors, Jason Harris, Vanessa Johnson, Laurence Musgrove, Charles Taylor, and Steve Wilson will share their work. William Jensen will moderate the discussion panel to follow.
Book signing to follow.
A Land without Borders: The Comanche Range
An exhibit about Comanche geography and adaptation to the land
On view February 7 – May 10, 2017
Exhibit Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 7
Center for the Study of the Southwest
Brazos Hall, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
At a Crossroads: The Study of the Southwest in the New Millennium
Thursday, February 16, 2016 | Brazos Hall | 3:30 pm, light refreshments
A dialogue on politics, culture, migration, war, the state, and slavery: How can experiences in the Southwest illuminate our understanding of American history? Visit the event page full information.
Photo by Russell Contreras, Sunland Park, NM
Book Talk by Andrés Reséndez on The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in North America
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Flowers Hall 230 | 12:30 p.m.
Prof. Andrés Reséndez’s presentation argues that native enslavement and slave raids are central to the settlement and economic growth of North America. His book, The Other Slavery, is the first broad history of the long co-existence of Indian enslavement, depopulation, chattel slavery and abolition in the West from the 1500s to the 1900s.
The Mexican Revolution on the U.S. Border
Wednesday, February 15, 2016 | Flowers Hall 230 | Doors open at 5:30 pm, light refreshments
Dr. Paul Hart serves as moderator for a special panel exploring the impact of the Mexican Revolution on U.S. immigrant and ethnic communities in the Southwest. Dr. Andrew Urban explores the plight of Chinese immigrants who worked for Gen. John Pershing’s Punitive Expedition, and Dr. Raúl Ramos examines the roles played by Americans of Mexican heritage in the civil war in their ancestral homeland.
Visit the event page for more information.
Editorial Fellowship, Center for the Study of the Southwest
The Center for the Study of the Southwest (CSSW), announces the availability of a Research Assistant position to serve as Editorial Fellow at the Center during the 2017-2018 academic year (renewable based on evaluation of first year’s work). The Editorial Fellow will assist the CSSW staff in production of Texas Books in Review (TBR), Southwestern American Literature (SAL), and Sound Historian. Related duties include text and graphics layout and copyediting on all journals, and book review support and mail-out supervision on TBR and SAL, with other duties as assigned. The fellow is also expected to carry out one personal research project on a self-chosen topic related to the region.
The Fellowship consists of an RA position (nine-month appointment at $9,855) plus a tuition scholarship of $1,500 per semester and some support for research and conference travel.
Click here for more information.
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- The Southwest in Film Series: La Bamba
- CSSW director Interviewed on BBC
- Black Theater in Texas: Stages of Struggle and Celebration
- Looking Back On How Texas History Taught
- 7th International Colloquium on Northeastern MExico and Texas
- The Southwest in Film Series: Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century
- Building Bridges, Not Walls
- The Southwest in Film Series: Selena
- CSSW-Sponsored Symposium now a Book
- Bless Me, Ultima
- Editorial Fellowship Opportunity
- The Head of Joaquin Murrieta
- Call for Papers “The Annual University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History Conference”
- Road to Abilene
- Ricardo Ainslie: The Mark of War
- Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World
- Iglesias y Camposantos: Sacred Spaces for Mexican Catholics in San Marcos, Texas
- Children of GIANT
- Opportunity and Adaptation across the US-Mexico Borderlands
- Arcadia: The New Chican@
- Tino Villanueva
- Severo Perez
- Octavio Pimentel
- Sixth International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas Meets at Texas State
- Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas
- Latino Filmmaker Named First CSSW Artist-in-Residence
- CSSW Teams Up with History Department in New Consortium on Colonial Latin America
- NPR Remembers the Alamo with a Texas Historian
- Writing Beyond Borders