“Around the Courtyard” provides news of history faculty and students. In addition to publications and presentations, it also includes information about the community that makes up the history department.
The Model Arab League, under the leadership of Elizabeth Bishop, advanced to the national competition for the first time this year. 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.
The full news item can be found here.
Since this news item posted, the American University in Cairo contacted Texas State's team and invited them to take part in the Cairo International Model Arab League, scheduled for November.
Congratulations students and Elizabeth!
Congratulations to Jeff Helgeson whose book, Crucibles of Black Empowerment, will be officially released by the University of Chicago Press on April 28th. Once he has more than one copy, we will put one out on the table in my office.
Congratulations to Nancy Berlage who won a place and stipend to be an NEH Summer Fellow in Columbia University/East Central European Center’s “America's East Central European Immigrants & Refugees: Migration and Memory" program.
Congratulations to Ron Johnson whose book talk in Boston made the Boston Globe. You can read the article here.
Congratulations to John Mckiernan-Gonzalez whose book, Fevered Measures, was reviewed in Reviews in American History: You can read the review here.
Congratulations to Shannon Duffy, Ron Johnson, Ana Romo, Ellen Tillman, Frank de la Teja, Jose Carlos de la Puente, Paul Hart and John Mckiernan-Gonzalez who succeeded in winning library grants!
If you listened to NPR this morning (March 19th), you heard Frank discussing the Alamo. If you missed it, it is available here.
Mr. Richard Castro, History Department alumnus and recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (2013), has given the college a gift of $1M to support undergraduate scholarships for Liberal Arts majors. In recognition of Mr. Castro's generous gift, the TSUS Foundation has pledged a matching gift of $1M, which will support scholarships for graduate students in the college. The university has already received more than one-third of the total $2M gift, with the remainder coming over the next few years. I believe that this is the largest gift in the history of the college, and we are deeply grateful to Mr. Castro and the Foundation for making it possible. In recognition of Mr. Castro's gift, the university will name the admission center on Guadalupe Street in his honor.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams who wrote the cover story for the American Scholar.
Congratulations to Jimmy who had an op-ed piece in the New York Times last week. You can read the piece here.
Congratulations to Ana Romo who has been named International Studies Professor of the Year by the International Studies students!
Congratulations to John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, whose edited volume, PRECARIOUS PRESCRIPTIONS: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America, was just released by the University of Minnesota Press.
Congratulations to Ellen Tillman whose manuscript, "Dollar Diplomacy by Force: U.S. Military Experimentation and Occupation in the Dominican Republic, 1900-1924" has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize of the Society for Military History.
The prize includes a cash award, a plaque, and an expedited review process at the University of North Carolina Press.
Congratulations to Jason Mellard whose book, Progressive Country, has received the Texas State Historical Association's 2013 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History!
Congratulations to Ron Johnson on the publication of his book, Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance, by the University of Georgia Press.Congratulations to Ron Johnson whose book talk in Boston made the Boston Globe
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams whose essay on Jon McEnroe named by USA Today as a runner up in the best sportswriting of 2013. You can find the essay here.
Congratulations to Ana whose book was reviewed very favorably in the AHR! You can read it here.
Our esteemed chair, Mary Brennan, was interviewed and answered phone-in questions last night on C-Span. Click here to see Mary in action.
Congratulations to Margaret Menninger, whose numerous contributions--
Kietz, Gustav Adolf
Lüttichau, August Freiherr von
Reissiger, Carl Gottlieb
Weinlig, Christian Theodor
--made the Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia (Cambridge University Press, 2013) possible.
Congratulations to Peter Siegenthaler who found out Thursday evening that the Faculty Senate awarded him the first Adjunct Faculty Workload Release Award for the fall 2014 semester.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop on the publication of her article, “Border Crossing Between Iraq and Iran, Summer 1953,” in the Summer 2013 issue of Arab World Geographer and to Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, whose chapter “La expansión comanche en la frontera norte de Nueva España durante el siglo XVIII.” Chapter submitted for the book La frontera en el mundo hispánico: Tierras de convivencia y espacios de confrontación (siglos XV-XVIII), edited by Porfirio Sanz Camañes and David Rex Galindo, to be published by Abya Yala (forthcoming).
Congratulations to Shannon Duffy, Lynn Denton, Dan Utley and Dwight Watson who were honored Wednesday evening as Alpha Chi Favorite Professors.
Congratulations to Frank whose book is finally out: Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History, co-edited with Timothy Matovina and published by U.T. Press.
Congratulations to Dennis Dunn, the university’s Piper Professor nominee and winner of the Everette Swinney Teaching Award.
Congratulations to Shannon Duffy, one of two university nominees for an NEH Summer Stipend.
Angela F. Murphy, “Though Dead He Yet Speaketh: Abolitionist Memories of Daniel O’Connell in the United States,” in American Journal of Irish Studies, Volume 10 (2013), pp. 11-38.
Dwight Watson will be giving a talk titled "Policing the Police: An Examination of the Houston Police Department and Their Role, Reputation and Efficacy in the Community" October 24th in Houston. You can download the flyer here.
Congratulations to Jose Carlos de la Puente whose book on Machu Pichu has been released in a 2nd edition in Columbia has been published by Random House-Mondadori, under the series “Debate” (same in English as in Spanish).
Jimmy McWilliams, The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013);
Dan Utley, Go Where the Fighting was Fiercest: The Guide to the Texas Civil War Monuments (College Station: State House Press/TAMU Press, 2013);
Jason Mellard, Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013).
Jimmy’s book is the latest book in John and Robin Dickson Book Series from the Center for Texas Music History.
Congratulations to Dan Utley who, along with his co-author Milton Jordan, won the Ottis Lock Award for the Best Book on East Texas History to Just Between Us: Stories and Memories from the Texas Pines. This award is presented by the East Texas Historical Association.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop whose article, “‘Day-to-Day Politics;’ Iraq’s Development between Bilateral and International Organizations,” appears in a special issue on “Ethics in International Relations” of Studia Europaea. It's pages 5 to 21 of the issue online found here.
Congratulations to Gary Hartman and Jason Mellard of the CTMH. The NPR show, Texas Music Matters, of which This Week in Texas Music History is a regular feature, won the 2013 International Radio Festivals of New York Award for "Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program," beating out the New York Philharmonic and other nationally-syndicated programs.
The Austin Chronicle named Austin's NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5 FM, "Best Radio Station of 2013" and specifically mentioned This Week in Texas Music History as one of the programs that helped earn KUT this award.
Jody Ginn, one of our MA graduates who is now ABD at North Texas, will be giving a presentation on his dissertation topic, Reckoning in the Redlands: the Texas Rangers' 1935 "clean-up" of San Augustine, to the San Marcos Area Genealogical Society on September 10, 2013 at 7:00pm. Their meetings are held at the San Marcos LDS Church building at 120 Suncrest Drive.
Congratulations to Nancy Berlage who has been appointed an ongoing Fellow to the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise. The Institute’s directors, participants, and other fellows are interested in engaging with topics—such as public history—not usual to these sectors of scholarship.
Congrats to Jimmy McWilliams for his piece on the history of pecans in the current issue of Texas Monthly.
Congratulations to Bryan Glass, whose manuscript "Scotland: The Nation at Empire's End," has been accepted for publication by the Edinburgh University Press.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams, whose chapter, “Biological Control, Transnational Exchange, and the Construction of Environmental Thought in the United States, 1840-1920,” appears in Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History, eds. Erika Marie Bsumek, David Kinkela and Mark Atwood Lawrence (Oxford University Press, 2013.
Congratulations to Madelyn Patlan who won the Staff Council Scholarship for 2013-2014!!
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams who had a piece in the New York Times which can be accessed here.
Congratulations to Bryan Glass. Britain and the World, the journal produced by the Society he runs (The British Scholar Society), has just been ranked in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) for the very first time. This is a major accomplishment for the Society as the journal was scrutinized for three years before Thomson Reuters agreed to include it in their prestigious rankings. There are only 69 History journals in the world that are listed in the SSCI rankings. Even more impressive, our very first Impact Factor is .231, ranking us as 34th out of the 69 journals listed. Our Impact Factor ranking is better than the oldest history journal in the world, The English Historical Review, which earned a .167.
Congratulations to Frank who has an article in the new The African American Handbook of Texas. You can find the article here.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop, whose article, “Democracy and Monarchy as Antithetical Terms? Iraq’s Elections of September 1954” just came out in Studia Politica, 2, 2013.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop for the publication of her chapter “Control Room: Visible and Concealed Spaces of the Aswan High Dam.” In Landscapes of Development: Modernization and the Physical Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean, Panayiota Pyla, ed. (Cambridge: Harvard Graduate School of Design) (2013).
The History and Modern Language Departments of Texas State are pleased to announce that they have been accepted for membership in CASA, the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad. The membership provides opportunities for students to travel to the American University in Cairo for advanced level language studies.
Dr. Kenneth Margerison, Professor, Department of History, was named a Piper Professor of 2013 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. To celebrate this special recognition, President Trauth will host a reception for Dr. Margerison in the fall. Details will be communicated to all faculty at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester.
Congratulations to PH students Alex Borger and Ann Landeros whose article on their successful class project to secure a state historical marker in Galveston for boxer Jack Johnson appeared in Sunday’s Galveston Daily News.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams whose ebook, The Politics of the Pasture, will be available any day now. You can find it here.
Congratulations to Bryan Glass whose article "Protection from the British Empire? Central Africa and the Church of Scotland," will appear in the Spring print issue of Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams who had another article published in Slate. To read his article, please follow this link, "All Sizzle and No Steak: Why Allan Savory's TED talk about how cattle can reverse global warming is dead wrong."
Congratulations to Nancy Berlage whose co-authored article, “Identity and Institutions in Political History: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion,” will appear in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities, scheduled for release May 17, 2013.
Jessica Pliley has been accepted to participate in the summer academy "American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture,' hosted by the Bavarian American Academy and the University of Erlanger-Nuremberg in May.
Congratulations to Ron Johnson who will be a participant in the NEH Summer Institute, African-American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah and the Coastal Islands this summer.
At the Bilateral University Model Arab League in Houston (16-17 February), Texas State students Bita Razavimaleki and Nora Lisa Cavazos received "Outstanding Delegation" for their representation of the Syrian Arab Republic on the Social Affairs council, and Matt Korn received "Outstanding Chair" for his leadership of the Joint Defense council.
Congratulations to Frank, and Joaquin’s wife Yasmine, who have been named as Top Hispanic Educators in Texas by the Online Colleges of Texas. You can find the information here.
Congratulations to Rebecca Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop and Angie Murphy who all won library grants to purchase databases that will aid all of us and our students in our continuing research.
Congratulations to Jose Carlos, whose book, El quipu colonial: estudios y materiales [The Colonial Khipu: Essays and Sources] (Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2013). He is the co-author of the Introduction and one of the chapters.
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley, whose article, “The Petticoat Inspectors: Women Boarding Inspectors and the Gendered Exercise of Federal Authority,” appeared in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Congratulations to Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez. His chapter, “De la civilización a la barbarie. La indianización de cautivos euroamericanos entre los indios comanches, 1820-1875,” appears in La indianización. Cautivos, renegados, «hommes libres» y misioneros en los confines de las Américas, s. XVI-XIX, edited by Salvador Berbnabéu, Chritophe Giudicelli, and Gilles Havard, pp. 107-136. Seville: Doce Calles and CSIC-EEHA, 2013.
Jessica Pliley’s interview about the book project with Marilyn Wilkes aired on the MacMillan Report and can be viewed here.
Congratulations to James McWilliams whose article, "Beastly Justice" was recently published in Slate. The article explores the midievil and early modern European tradition of holding criminal trials for animals that broke the law. Click here to read this fascinating article.
Congratulations to Joaquin for the publication of his latest article: “San Carlos de los Jupes. Une tentative avortée de sédentarisation des bárbaros dans les territoires frontaliers du nord de la Nouvelle-Espagne en 1787-1788.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, 41 (2-3 ; 2011): 29-42.
Congratulations to our Liberal Arts nominees for Presidential Excellence Awards:
Dwight Watson and Elizabeth Bishop for Service
Elizabeth Makowski and Jose Carlos de la Puente for Scholarship
Margaret Menninger for Teaching
Congratulations to Deirdre Lannon, TX State History MA and History Department Senior Lecturer. She found out yesterday that she has been accepted into UT’s doctoral program! We are extra happy because she is going to continue to teach for us online while she works on her degree.
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley who participated in the Gilder Lehman’s 14th Annual International Conference, "Abolition Past and Present: Scholars, Activists, and the Challenge of Contemporary Slavery," held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, November 8-10, 2012. It is available on C-Span at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309205-2.
Congratulations to Dan Utley who, with his co-author Cynthia J. Beeman, published History Along the Way: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013).
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley, whose article, "The Petticoat Inspectors: Women Boarding Inspectors and the Gendered Exercise of Federal Authority,” appeared in this month’s Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 12, no. 1 (Jan 2013): 95-126.
Congratulations to Gary Hartman and the CTMH. Their Guy Clark tribute album, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album of 2012. The album includes performances of Guy Clark songs by such prominent artists as Willie Nelson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Shawn Colvin, and others.
Congratulations as well to Gary Hartman and the Center for Texas Music History. The Center has been awarded a $7,500 Humanities Texas grant to help fund the Center's National Public Radio series, This Week in Texas Music History. For the past five years, This Week in Texas Music History has been broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the Southwest to an audience of more than one million listeners. The program is also available worldwide online at: http://kut.org/category/music/this-week-in-texas-music-history/
Congratulations to Liz Makowski on the publication of her fourth book, English Nuns and the Law in the Middle Ages: Cloistered Nuns and their Lawyers, 1293-1540 (Suffolk, UK: The Boydell Press, 2012).
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja on the publication of his chapter “Plan de Ramón de Murillo para reformar las defensas de la frontera norte de la Nueva España,” in De las Navas de Tolosa a la Constitución de Cádiz: el Ejército y la Guerra en la Construcción del Estado, ed. Leandro Martínez Peñas and Manuela Fernández Rodríguez. Valladolid, Spain: Asociación Veritas.
Congratulations to Brandon Jett (MA ’12) whose article “Paris is Burning” will be published in the East Texas Historical Journal in the Fall 2013 issue. Brandon worked with Dwight on the thesis.
Congratulations to Dr. McWillimas who had an article published in Slate. The artilce is titled "Trojan Horse Meat" and can be found at this link.
Congratulations to Masters’ graduate Jenny Paul whose article, “Fighting the Nashville Blues: the Outlaw Image in Texas Country Music,” appeared in Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association, vol. 14 2012. Current students Bonnie Tipton and Kendra DeHart have book reviews in the same issue.
Dr. Denton received official notification that the Summerlee Foundation has authorized a grant of $50,000.00 to the CTPH field service initiative based on the proposal she submitted in July. The department is thrilled to be able to provide public history students with the opportunity to assist county historical commissions and small historical institutions and organizations.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Makowski whose chapter, “Canon Law and the Spirituality of Cloistered English Nuns,” came out in Canon Law, Religion & Politics, ed. by Uta-Renate Blumenthal, Anders Winroth and Peter Landau (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012).
Congratulations to graduate student Doug Dixon whose article, “Beyond Thirty-Eighth-Parallel Politics: Masculine Ideals of a Hoosier Soldier in Korea,” appeared in the Fall 2012 volume of the Journal of the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our gardening fund. We had just the right amount of money to buy the flowers, the soil and some bags to protect the plants when (and if) it freezes. A special thank you to the crew who showed up Saturday morning. Under the leadership of Rebecca (who did all of the buying and organizing), Lynn, Dan, Shannon, and Madelyn (with assistance from Annie and Riley) did a great job of taking away the old plants, repotting and cleaning up. It looks wonderful out there!!
Congratulations to Frank for the publication of “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? An Expert Reviewer’s Experience,” in Politics and the History Curriculum: The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the Nation, ed. Keith A. Erekson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez “Becoming Comanches: Patterns of Captive Incorporation into Comanche Kinship Networks, 1820-1875.” On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West, edited by David Wallace Adams and Crista DeLuzio, pp. 47-70. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Jeff Helgeson--, "'Who Are You America But Me?': The American Negro Exposition, 1940," was published over the summer in: Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey, Jr., eds., The Black Chicago Renaissance (University of Illinois Press, 2012).