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Public History Students in the News

Public history graduate students, working through the Center for Texas Public History, were featured in an article in the New Braunfels newspaper.  You can find the article here

History Department joins Center for the Study of the Southwest

Texas State University, through the Department of History and the Center for the Study of the Southwest, has joined the recently created Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America. The seminar is a consortium of universities and scholars dedicated to innovative approaches to the study of colonial Latin America, broadly defined. Each year, a two-day workshop will bring together ten participants to present a pre-circulated paper and also serve as the primary commentator to another presenter’s work. The first Southwest Seminar will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 2-4, 2014. Texas State will host the seminar in 2016. Other member institutions include Northern Arizona University, Texas Christian University, University of Arizona, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, and Utah Valley University. For more information, visit http://thesouthwestseminar.org/

Congratulations to Brandon Jett

Congratulations Brandon Jett (MA ’10; doctoral student University of Florida).  The East Texas Historical Association awarded his article, "Paris is Burning," the Chamberlain award for outstanding article in 2013.

2014 Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony


History Department scholarship and Academic Excellence Award Winners at the Liberal Arts Awards Presentations. April 2014

In Brief: Texas State joins Center for Arabic Study Abroad Consortium

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 6, 2014

The Texas State University has joined the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Consortium.

The CASA Consortium offers programs providing intensive language, culture and specialized area studies training, with 9-20 hours of classroom instruction per week plus homework. Established in 1967 to offer language training at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, this is the most prestigious program of its kind. Since its inception, CASA has trained more than 1,387 upper level undergraduates, graduates, and professors specializing in various areas of Middle Eastern Studies.

For the past seven years, the Arabic language program at Texas State has offered first- and second-year courses in preparation for the CASA exam.

The CASA Consortium is currently comprised of 34 universities and colleges. Representatives from consortium member schools convene annually in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting.

For more information, visit www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa/consortium/member.php.

In Brief: Alkek Library receives grant from Institute of Turkish Studies

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
May 28, 2014

The Alkek Library at Texas State University has received a grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) of Washington, D.C.

Based at Georgetown University, the ITS is a non-profit, private educational foundation that assists American universities to develop their library resources, programs of study, scholarly conferences and outreach activities in the field of Turkish studies.

Texas State's successful proposal sought funds to purchase new scholarly monographs on the legal modernization of the late Ottoman Empire, which is essential to understanding the politics of successor jurisdictions in the contemporary Middle East.

Elizabeth Bishop, assistant professor in the Department of History, Selene Hinojosa, collection development librarian, and Margaret Vaverek, research/instruction/outreach department, were instrumental in securing the grant.

History student, Colin Wolff, visits Istanbul

Colin_Wolff_IstanbulI studied in Costa Rica with a summer program through Texas State in 2010 and knew that I would have to spend an extended time abroad after I graduated with my B.A. degree.   And that's exactly what I did. Just two months after graduation, I boarded a flight bound for Istanbul, History diploma in hand, eager to start the next stage of my life. As a History graduate, I could not have chosen a more interesting destination than Istanbul. The home of four empires and various cultures spanning thousands of years, Istanbul is a history buff's dream. My history degree not only taught me about the issues of the past but also gave me the ability to think critically about the issues that face our world today. I teach at a prestigious private language school that caters to adult learners. In my job I interact with a wide cross section of Turkish society. Turks, Greeks, Armenians, Jews, students, executives, religious leaders, politicians, and curious learners are who I interact with on a daily basis, so in this business creativity is a must. Studying history definitely gave me the skills I need to effectively engage with my students to achieve my goals and theirs. I originally came to Istanbul planning to return to the US after one year, however it's been almost two years now and I'm having too much of an exciting time to leave.

History MAs move on to Doctoral Programs

Brian Brown—Rutgers University
Joie-Lynn Campbell—University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Karen Johnston-Ashton—Texas State University, Education Program
Alex LaRotta—University of Houston

Irene Hindson, History Department Advisor, wins TEXAAN Faculty Advisor Recognition Award.

The award, given by the Texas Academic Advising Network, is given to one advisor from each associated university. A committee of advisors from across campus nominated and voted for Hindson. She will now move onto to compete on the state level.

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Texas State Historical Association's 2013 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History

TSHA_138The Tullis Prize is given for the Best Book on Texas History published that year. Dr. Mellard won the award for his book Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture.

14th Annual Texas Music Unplugged

The 14th Annual Texas Music Unplugged drew in students and community members alike to hear Kyle Park, Lisa Morales, Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Big John Mills and Paul Glasse perform their own songs and play along with the others. Additionally, history graduate student Audrey Najera won the Michael R. Davis Scholarship. Greg Davis, the sponsor of the scholarship, also presented her with an autographed guitar.

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Texas State Model Arab League reaps honors at national meet

Five Texas State University students earned individual honors while the Bobcat delegation earned a  commendation during the National University Model Arab League, held March 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the full story.

Student Feature: My True Loves - Music, Audiobooks, Movies by Christopher Allen

Christopher AllenFrom the first day I entered the Alkek Library, the Periodicals/Media collections on the third floor have entertained me and helped me study for classes.

The DVD collection helps me study for my history classes with all the documentary films we have. Sometimes I even go to the VHS tapes, like when studying for my history exams on Nazi Germany.

When it comes to music, I go straight to our collection. We have everything from the classical music of Beethoven to hip hop from Run DMC, folk from Bob Dylan, and rap from Tupac Shakur. When taking Sociology of Pop Culture and Society, I was able to use different music artists to show how their music impacts people and brings people together.

We also have Rosetta Stone software for studying foreign languages. I use it to help me with Spanish.

My favorite resource on the third floor is the audiobook collection. Audiobooks also help students study for exams. Most people assume only novels are on compact discs, but the library has audiobooks on a variety of sub¬jects as well as fiction. Some audiobooks con¬tain primary source information, like speeches of world leaders such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. Others have second¬ary source material including works on differ¬ent historians, philosophers, and scientists such as Sigmund Freud. When I listened to the pow¬erful speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, I learned new things about the his¬tory of African Americans, why America needs to change, and how these two public figures helped change America. I plan on using these resources for my research paper coming up in my American Religious History class.

For my personal use, the audiobooks have given me great pleasure with their classic stories. Audiobooks on history help me with exams, as they are a great study tool when you stay up late and can’t read anymore. Listening is easier for me than using my eyes to read!

Chris, a senior history major, works at Alkek.

Bill Liddle Passed Away

Bill_LiddleOn February 27th, Bill Liddle's big heart finally gave out. He passed away after weeks, really months of fighting an unspecified infection. As soon as I find out about the services, I will share that with you.

Some of you did not get the opportunity to know Bill which was unfortunate. He was a man of great intellect and no pretensions. He did not like titles (he always listed himself as Mr. Liddle) and never stood on ceremony. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a dry wit; he never took himself too seriously. He loved his wife and daughters and was dedicated to his students. He has been a part of our community for almost half of a century. We will miss him.

Bobcats Gleam at Bilateral Model Arab League

bilateral_MALFifteen Texas State students and a faculty member returned from Houston,where the Model Arab League team took part in the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Regional University Model Arab League (15-16 February 2014), with awards.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations organizes these events at which students debate in five councils: Economic Affairs, Joint Defense, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, and Social Affairs. At these competitions, students sharpened their skills in diplomacy and public speech. For this year's competition, Texas State students represented the North African country of Algeria. Hosted by the University of Houston Honors College, thirteen universities were represented- among them, Texas A & M, Louisiana State University, and the University of Arkansas (from both Little Rock and Monticello campuses).

Texas State’s former MAL president Daniel Burrow garnered an “honorable mention” for chairing the Social Affairs council, and Bobcats Nora Lisa Cavazos and Ashley Jones received an “honorable mention” award for representing Algeria on that council. The resolution they drafted sought to decrease youth unemployment in the MENA region; as Jones explains, "because many leave the region to find better careers, [we] want to create more opportunities by providing vocational training in secondary educational institutions.”

Texas State’s Ayhab Farhat and the University of Texas at Arlington's Hanaa Barakat received an “outstanding delegation” award for their representation of Algeria on the Palestinian Affairs council. About the overall debate, he states: "I took a part in convincing other states in the Palestinian Affairs Council to come up with a humane and proper way to solve the Palestinian refugee problems;" and, about the resolution she drafted, she says: “it would expand and renovate existing refugee camps in states bordering Palestine for the once again displaced Palestinians now coming from the Syrian civil war.”

Under the gavel of Texas State’s Matt Korn, the entire Joint Defense Committee was awarded “Outstanding Council” for the quality both of their debate and the resolutions they produced. Korn acknowledges, "as chair, I was impressed by the preparedness and intensity of the delegates." Garret Honea, who represented Algeria there, observes: “The debate was quite intense; it gave me a better understanding of both the frustration to try and get everyone aboard and the excitement you experience when everyone comes to a mutual understanding.” He adds: “I learned that change must be gradual, you have to slowly come to an agreement with which everyone can identify.”

The MAL program acknowledges the support of the Office of Equity and Access. Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, of the Department of History, mentors Texas State University's program. Email her at eb26@txstate.edu for more information.

From Cairo to San Marcos with the Fulbright Program: Dr. Mai Mosad

Mai_Mosad_smallTexas State welcomed Cairo University's Dr. Mai Mosad under the Fulbright Scholar Program, Outreach Lecturing Fund (27 January-30 January). While on campus, she met with students and faculty in the History Department, Political Science Department, and Geography Department, as well as the International Studies program. In these conversations, she posed pertinent questions about the ongoing political changes in Egypt; asking, "is it a revolution, or is it a coup?"

Dr. Mai Mosad presented a lecture which was open to the entire campus community which united ancient Egyptian and modern political themes. In this, she described King Narmer who united Upper and Lower Egypt in the pre-dynastic period. "Narmer was the first leader of Egypt to die in office; a tradition which has continued until Mubarak stepped down in 2011," she told her audience.

The History Department would like to express its gratitude to the Provost's Office and CIES for their support.

Heavyweight Champ Recognizd by Historical Marker

Jack_Johnson_EventTexas State graduate students Alex Borger and Ann Landeros, took part in a dedication ceremony honoring heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson. Borger and Landeros wrote the documentation to justify the marker. Johnson was a Galveston native and the first African-American to win the heavyweight boxing title during a period of legally enforced racism.

You can find the full article here

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