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William Jensen: Cities of Men
April 27, 2017 | 5:30 pm Reception | 6:00 pm Reading | Brazos Hall

William Jensen Cities of MenJoin 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

And They Will Call YouTim 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

Constructing the BorderlandsDevelopments 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.

English Program Español

A Fresh Look at the Fort Parker Raid of 1836
Wednesday, March 29 | 3:30 p.m. | Brazos Hall

Dr. Daniel GeloTexas 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

Texas Weather PosterPublished 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

Comanche Exhibit

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

Spring 2017


At a Crossroads: The Study of the Southwest in the New Millennium
Thursday, February 16, 2016 | Brazos Hall | 3:30 pm, light refreshments

At a Crossroads

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.

Other SlaveryProf. 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

Mexican Revolution on the borderDr. 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.


2016

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The Wiffliff Collections Presents

Marc SimmonsMarc Simmons: Southwestern Treasure from the Maverick Historian

On exhibit through December 16, 2016

Director Receives Presidio La Bahia Award

Director Receives Presidio La Bahia AwardCSSW director Frank de la Teja was in Goliad on December 3 to receive the 2016 Presidio La Bahía Award for his collection of essays Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas, published by Texas A&M University Press. The award is given by the Sons of the Republic of Texas “for outstanding contribution in the field of the Spanish Colonial Period of Texas History.”

The Southwest in Film Series: La Bamba

The Southwest in Film Series
La Bamba
Thursday, October 20 | 7:00 pm | Brazos Hall

La BambaJoin us for a free screening of La Bamba, the film based on the life of Richard Steven Valenzuela a.k.a Ritchie Valens. This second collaboration with  the San Marcos Cinema Club will be another unforgettable event. We’re excited to have Texas State’s Ritmo Latino Dance Company to start the night off with a special dance performance!

CSSW director Interviewed on BBC

Frank de la Teja was interviewed for a segment, “Hispanic in Texas,” part of a BBC World Service Business Daily series on the fortunes of the rapidly expanding Hispanic and Latino community. He commented regarding historical perspectives on immigration to the Lone Star State. Hear the whole segment here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04b3ndh

Black Theater in Texas: Stages of Struggle and Celebration

Black Theater in Texas: Stages of Struggle and Celebration
Opening Reception: Monday, October 17th | Time: 5:00 pm | Brazos Hall
 

BTTThis exhibition highlights the extensive groundbreaking research developed during the production of two new historically and artistically related publications written by Dr. Sandra Mayo and Dr. Elvin Holt. 

The exhibit will run through December 15, 2016.

Looking Back On How Texas History Taught

CSSW director Frank de la Teja was one of a handful of historians of Texas asked by Austin public radio station KUT to talk about how a 1950s textbook presented the state’s history to schoolchildren.  Listen to the segment here: http://kut.org/post/what-1950s-texas-textbook-can-teach-us-about-todays-textbook-fight

7th International Colloquium on Northeastern MExico and Texas

International ColloquiumSomewhere in the Southwest

Call for papers for the 7th International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas meeting to be held October 19-21, 2016, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

The Southwest in Film Series: Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century

The Southwest in Film Series
Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century

Thursday, October 13 | 6:45pm | Alkek Teaching Theater

From Dusk Till DawnJoin us for “Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century” presented by Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores. A screening of From Dusk til Dawn to follow.

Building Bridges, Not Walls

Building Bridges, Not Walls
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library 7th Floor
Reception: 5:30pm | Presentation: 5:45pm | Book Signing: 6:30pm

Building  Bridges, Not WallsJoin us for a conversation with scholar and author, John Francis Burke.  Scholar and author of political science and religious studies, Dr. Burke currently teaches at Trinity University, and is the author of Building Bridges, Not Walls: Nourishing Divers Cultures in Faith and Mestizo Democracy: The Politics of Crossing Borders.

The Southwest in Film Series: Selena

The Southwest in Film Series
Free Screening of Selena

September 15, 2016 | Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton Street | 6:00 pm

SelenaPlease join us a for a special free screening of SELENA at the historic Cuauhtemoc Hall, where the legendary Tejano legend performed. Timed w/ Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day in Mexico), the SELENA screening will feature free pizza, live accordion music, and a raffle.

Also, winners of the Selena essay contest -- in the elementary, middle & high school levels -- will be invited to read their original writings, reflecting on the words of Selena concerning the value of learning a second language & embracing one’s cultural origins:
“I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.”

CSSW-Sponsored Symposium now a Book

Texas IdentitiesIn January 2015 the center hosted a symposium that brought back to campus MA alumni from the Department of History, all of whom work on Texas history. That gathering led to a collection of essays, Texan Identities: Moving beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History, published by the University of North Texas Press with the generous support Texas State University. This is the second collaboration of this type, following the 2014 symposium “Lone Star Unionism and Dissent” that led to the University of Oklahoma Press collection, Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas.

Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, UltimaBless Me, Ultima, a film by Carl Franklin based on the Rudolfo Anaya’s bestselling novel will be screened at the Alkek Teaching Theatre. The film will be accompanied by speaker Dr. Gabriel Meléndez, Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

September 8, 2016 | Alkek Teaching Theatre

Editorial Fellowship Opportunity

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 2016-2017 academic year.  It is open to anyone working on a Master’s degree at Texas State, with strong writing and editing skills and an interest in the Southwest. The Editorial Fellow will assist the CSSW staff in production of Texas Books in Review (TBR), Southwestern American Literature (SAL), Sound Historian, and Journal of Texas Music History.

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. 

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

The Head of Joaquin MurrietaJohn J. Valadez will be screening and discussing his documentary, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, in which the author chronicles his search for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw.

September 22, 2016 | UCM | 11 a.m.

Call for Papers “The Annual University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History Conference”

Call for Papers
“The Annual University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History Conference”

Borderlands ConferenceShifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community
February 10-11, 2017, El Paso, Texas
Submission deadline: September 16, 2016
Presented by the UTEP Department of History

Road to Abilene

Road to Abilene
Summer 2016 Exhibit

Road to AbileneThe photos in this exhibit were taken by Lawton Cook, a recent graduate of the MFA program at Texas State, in preparation for writing his thesis--a novel that looks at the effects of urbanization on rural life in Texas.

Ricardo Ainslie: The Mark of War

Ricardo Ainslie: The Mark of War
October 5, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Alkek Teaching Theater

Ricardo Ainslie

Ricardo Ainslie is nearing completion of a documentary film, The Mark of War, in which he chronicles the experiences of seven men who fought in the Vietnam War. He will be screening a rough cut of the film and will discuss the documentary process as well as what he has learned about the impact of war on the lives of the individuals who endure it.

Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World

Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World
History Symposium | Fort Worth Library | April 2, 2016 | 10:30 am–4 pm
 

Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World Fort Worth Public LibraryJoin historians Frank de la Teja, Byron Price, Joyce Roach, and Richard Slatta for a look at cattle trail history in Texas and around the world. To request tickets, visit the Fort Worth Library Lonesome Dove Trail page.

Click here to view the presentations.

Iglesias y Camposantos: Sacred Spaces for Mexican Catholics in San Marcos, Texas

CSSW Photography ExhibitConducted over several years, the project, led by Ana M. Juárez (Department of Anthropology), involved collaboration between students, faculty and others at Texas State University, local agencies and institutions, and most importantly the local Mexican American community who generously shared the stories of their lives.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, February 16 in Brazos Hall, 5:00pm - 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information.

Children of GIANT

GIANT Movie PosterThe Center for the Study of the Southwest presents Children of GIANT, a "story of the people who were there, many of them children, who witnessed the making of GIANT, not knowing that it would become a lasting chronicle of the very lives they were living in that summer of 1955." Filmmaker, Hector Galán, will lead a discussion following the film.

April 5, 2016 | LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
5:30pm Reception | 6:00 pm Program

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Opportunity and Adaptation across the US-Mexico Borderlands

Opportunity and Adaptation across the US-Mexico Borderlands
February 27, 2016 | 9:30am - 4:30pm | Flowers Hall, Room 230

us-mexico borderlands

International borders are the (often invisible) boundaries where the distinct political jurisdictions, laws, and cultural traditions of two adjacent countries supposedly end. In practice, however, borderlands are spaces where political jurisdictions are often ignored, laws are difficult to enforce, and cultural traditions merge, which creates challenges and opportunities for the people and the authorities on either side of the border, particularly when the border shifts. This symposium explores some of the ways in which the residents of the US-Mexico Borderlands have adapted to the changing circumstances of the frontier over the last two centuries. Presenters will discuss how interethnic cooperation and marriage, the legal and illegal movement of people and goods, labor unionism, and other strategies have permitted border dwellers to overcome the hardships and exploitation of border life, and, in some cases, to thrive.

Symposium schedule.

Arcadia: The New Chican@

Arcadia: The New ChicanaThe Center for the Study of the Southwest invites you to attend Arcadia: The New Chican@.  This event hosts writers Ito Romo, Luke Villafranca, Octavio Quintanilla, and Sarah Cortez, and artist Vincent Valdez, all of whom are published in the upcoming issue of Arcadia Magazine. Arcadia welcomes eclectic art and literature "regardless of its origin…that speaks to and moves the heart and the head, regardless of form, medium, or place of birth." This special issue honors Mexican and Mexican American heritage through art, poetry, and prose.  We hope you join us as we celebrate the shared stories of the borderlands in the twenty-first century.

February 11, 2016 | Brazos Hall
12:00 pm reception | 12:30 pm program

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Tino Villanueva

Tino VillanuevaJoin us for a reading and conversation with Tino Villanueva. Dr. Villanueva has had a diversity of work experiences before his formal college education, ranging from migrant worker to assembly-line construction of furniture here in San Marcos, where he was born and raised.

April 12, 2016 | Reception 5:30 |  Program 6 pm

Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (211 Lee Street)

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Severo Perez

Severo PerezSomewhere in the Southwest

Wittliff Collections highlights the work of the Center for the Study of the Southwest Artist in Residence, Severo Perez.

Octavio Pimentel

Octavio PimentelOctavio Pimentel

Reads from his new book

Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices

January 27, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. reception
Comal, Room 116 | 3:30 p.m. reading

Click here for more information


2015

“Views from the Hill” Symposium Highlights

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Views from the Hill” Symposium Highlights Texas State History Alumni
January 31, 2015

Seven graduates of the History MA program who work in Texas history came together for a one-day symposium “Views from the Hill: History, Myth, and Memory in Texas,” to discuss the research on a broad range of regional topics.


2014

Sixth International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas Meets at Texas State

The Center for the Study of the Southwest  at Texas State University hosted the 6th International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas at the university campus in San Marcos, November 20-22, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas

Larry ThomasThe Center congratulates 2008 Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas on his selection as first finalist for the 2014 Spur Award for "Best Western Poem." Thomas's honored poem, "Coyanosa," appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Southwestern American Literature, which is published by the Center.
During the Western Writers of America's annual convention in Sacramento this June, Thomas will be recognized at the Spur Award Finalist luncheon and SAL will receive a finalist citation certificate.
Click here for more on the Spur Awards.

Latino Filmmaker Named First CSSW Artist-in-Residence

Latino Filmmaker Named First CSSW Artist-in-Residence

Artist in ResidenceThe Center for the Study of the Southwest announced today filmmaker John J. Valadez as its inaugural Artist-In-Residence. During his tenure, Valadez will create a companion book for his landmark PBS film “The Longoria Affair.”

CSSW Teams Up with History Department in New Consortium on Colonial Latin America

The Southwest is both an area of study and a natural organizational region within which institutions have a clear interest in the Hispanic world broadly. The Spanish colonial legacy in the region, encompassing social, cultural, economic, and geographic characteristics, requires students of the area during early historic times to engage the broader Spanish colonial experience. Consequently, the Center for the Study of the Southwest has joined the Department of History in making Texas State University a founding member of the Southwest Seminar. Dr. José Carlos de la Puente, assistant professor of History at Texas State, will represent the university as this year’s seminar, which will be hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The CSSW and Department of History are working together to bring the seminar to Texas State in the next year or two.

NPR Remembers the Alamo with a Texas Historian

At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, Center for the Study of the Southwest director Frank de la Teja explains how the divering line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Click here to listen to the NPR interview.

Writing Beyond Borders

Writing Beyond Borders
April 4, 2014

border_writersAt The Wittliff Collections, four distinguished authors discussed the past, present, and future of Latina/o literature—in a world where writers are frequently moving beyond traditional borders and boundaries.


2013

Ladrilleria

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September 17,2013
Our photography exhibition on display at Brazos Hall on artisan border brickmakers in Reynosa, Mexico.

 

Latino Americans

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September 11, 2013
Our sneak peak and panel discussion of the Six-Part Documentary Series that debuted on KLRU.