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Fastpitch Softball, The Mexican American Way
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall

Fastpitch Softball imageBeginning in the 1920s, after the Mexican Revolution, workers for the Missouri-Pacific railroad started playing competitive softball, using their access to the rails to set up a traveling circuit and league.  Working with the memories and material culture of third and fourth generation members of this traveling fast-pitch softball community, American Studies specialist Ben Chappell has crafted a compelling historical ethnography – Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Vernacular Sport.


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College of Liberal Arts Salon Series Lecture

College of Liberal Arts Salon Series

COLA Salon Series imageCSSW Director, John Mckiernan-González, will be sharing their work on Latina/o/x communities and medical history with the general public on the 23rd of September at 6:00 pm.  What is the theme: essential and disposable. There will be references to movies, strikes, deportations, vaccinations, civil rights law and non-pharmaceutical interventions.

In what ways have the histories of Latina/o communities and medical authority been intertwined since 1848? And, why is it so hard to make these connections visible? Historian John Mckiernan-González traces the ways Latina/o communities have been essential and ignored in the tellings of medical history.


CSSW Spotlight
John Mckiernan-Gonzalez Interviewed on Radio Bilingue

John Mckiernan-GonzalezRadio Bilingue, a live broadcast Spanish language national NPR radio show, interviewed John Mckiernan-Gonzalez on the impact of HB 3979 on the teaching and research of history in public institutions in Texas.  The conversation revolved around enforcement, the increasingly presence of Latina/os & other faculty of color in institutions doing history, and the possible impact on teacher-parent relationships.


Not an Elegy: An Oral History of our Opioid Reckoning
Monday, November 15, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall

Amy Sullivan, 2021The opioid epidemic has lowered life expectancy in the U.S., challenged common abstinence/anonymity rehab practices, and devastated communities. Amy Sullivan’s Opioid Reckoning listens to how families and professional caregivers are wrestling with these new realities.


Archiving Neurodiversity at the Austin State Hospital, 1856-Today:
A Conversation with Jenna Cooper and Elizabeth Stauber

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall

Old Austin State Hospital ImageJenna Cooper (Austin History Center) and Elizabeth Stauber (Hogg Foundation for Mental Health) are members of Dell Med's Austin State Hospital (ASH) Brain Health System Redesign project - History of ASH workgroup tasked with developing recommendations for meaningful ways to preserve the Austin State Hospital’s history and to share how the campus and treatment for mental illness have evolved since 1856.  In this presentation, Cooper and Stauber speak on their experiences modeling interventions in their work as archivists that are more gender, race and neurodiverse inclusive.


Migration Stories Workshop | Facilitated by Artist Mark Menjivar
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 5:00 pm |  Brazos Hall

Mark MenjivarMigration Stories is an oral history project focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived to where we are now. We all have a migration story, some are closer than others. Participants to this event will learn more about the project and be invited to explore their own family history. Together we will produce broadsides of our own migration stories to be shared at the Center for the Study of the Southwest in the coming months.


Forget the Alamo: Popular Memory and Public History
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at TMH 101

Forget the Alamo ImageDr. Lynn Denton joins the authors of Forget the Alamo: the Rise and Fall of an American myth, Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford, as they put together a vivid and skilled picture of the way a public history gets made in Texas, using the subsequent chroniclers of the 1836 siege of the Alamo as their template.


Embodied Knowledge and Accordion Music: History, Place, and Dance in the Texas Mexican Conjunto
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 1:00 pm

Embodied Knowledge and Accordion MusicDr. Pérez will discuss conjunto as a form of embodied knowledge rooted in the lived experiences of Texas Mexicans in the mid-20th century, situated within a larger conversation around identity, cultural memory, and decolonial struggles.  His presentation will focus upon the conjunto dance style called the taquachito, or little possum, and its enduring significance.


CSSW Spotlight
Poetry Reading

Lockhart Poetry Reading FlierThe Center for the Study of the Southwest is co-sponsoring a poetry reading on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Arts and Craft Bar in Lockhart.

The reading will feature:
Jacinto Cardona, recipient of a Ford Salute for Education Award for the Arts in 2002 and a Gemini Ink, "Voz de San Antonio" Poetry Award in 2014.

Juan R. Paloma, a Texas State Alumni and former writer for La Otra Voz, The Hays County Citizen, The Houston Post, Austin American Statesman, and USA Today, and has had poems published in numerous publications and poetry collections.

With performances by Lility and Sarah Tijeina, and Kiko Vallamizar. 


Books and Bookstores in the Chicano Movement: A Publisher Remembers
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom and Brazos Hall

Penca Books ImageIn 1978, a group of friends in West Side San Antonio gathered to put together a bookstore, a cultural center and a publishing house in a church basement.  Rolando Cortez, one of the organizers, reflects on the work Penca Books and the Penca Books cultural center did in and for the Chicano movement, for San Antonio, for Texas and for the greater Southwest.

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CSSW Spotlight
Mural Revealing Party

Join Linda Rivas and the Council for the Indigenous and Tejano Community for a mural dedication party on Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 at the Quinta Caporales Meat Market in San Marcos!  They will have live music by El Combo Oscuro, tacos, and fun activities for the kids!  More information can be found on the group Facebook page.

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  • Spring 2021 News and Events

    • Cultural Production, Place and Power
      Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom

      Little Art Colony Book CoverThe CSSW, the English Department, the History Department and the College of Liberal Arts are sponsoring a dialogue about art, culture and power based in The Little Art Colony and US Modernism. Professor Jennifer Marshall, an art historian, and Geneva Gano, a cultural studies specialist, discuss the methodological challenges and scholarly rewards involved in closely examining smaller and racially segregated hubs of cultural activity like Taos, Carmel and Provincetown.

    • Public Schools in the Life of a Community: Centering Black Youth in Austin's Stories
      Monday, April 19, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom

      Roxanne Evans, Photo 2021In 1970, when the Supreme Court mandated the de-segregation of Austin’s public schools, Austin’s organized black communities faced a radically different political landscape.  Roxanne Evans’ award-winning coverage examined the decisions to close integrated Black majority high schools, the experience of busing, local Black mobilization for school boards and the renewed challenges in the 80s and 90s.  Here, Roxanne Evans explores the ways these movements’ victories and challenges still shape local politics in Travis County.

    • CSSW Exhibit
      Intimacy Interrupted

      Noelita Lugo Photo

      In November 2019, a group of Texas State based photographers worked with artist Will Wilson (Dine), learning tintype techniques alongside the overlapping history of the American capture of native communities and Dine’ lives in prisons and photographs after Civil War times.

      What brings these portraits and photographers together is their experience on many sides of the tintype photo exchange, their ongoing work with photography and their commitment to challenge hierarchies embedded in a more democratic and inclusive practice of photography.

      The portraits included here were completed after the photo exchange and were first printed during the first COVID19 wave in Texas.  You can view the exhibit online or in person in Brazos Hall through the Summer of 2021.

    • CSSW Spotlight
      Claudia Cardona's Debut Reviewed in the Texas Observer

      Claudia D. Cardona's poetry collection, What Remains, emerged from her thesis work at Texas State. Some of which was written in the Brazos during her time as the Center's Editorial Fellow.

      What Remains is a love poem to San Antonio and Claudia's way of preserving the place where she grew up before it vanishes to gentrification and time.

      Read what the Texas Observer had to say about Claudia's debut collection.

    • Surgery, Settler-Colonialism and Fetal Personhood: A View from New Spain and Mexico, 1770-1840
      Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom

      Elizabeth O'Brien and Altina Hoti, photo 2021During the eighteenth century, Catholic authorities became increasingly preoccupied with unborn life. Cesarean surgery was a key part of this effort. Medical humanities scholars Elizabeth O’Brien and Altina Hoti will discuss their NEH- sponsored translation project on obstetric writings, placing Indigenous and multi-ethnic Mexico at the heart of global histories of fetal personhood, addressing why this history of forced surgeries continues to affect Church and State approaches to reproductive politics today.

    • Feminist Ferment: Women Brewing Change in Texas
      Monday, April 5, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom

      Delorean Wiley, Photo 2021The Texas Craft Brewery scene has become a key emerging sector in the new Texas oil adjacent economy. In an industry built on memories, nostalgias and often, a sense of camaraderie, putting together a brewery provides a set of challenges and unanticipated opportunities for women, as managers, owners, investors, brewmasters and chefs.  Geographer Delorean Wiley uses the tools and skills in geography to document, contextualize and analyze the place of women in an industry deeply tied to neighborhood identities and changing self-images.

    • Migrant Workers and the Right to Health Care in the U.S.
      Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom

      Beatrix Hoffman, photo 2021Migrant workers are one of the groups with the least access to health care in the United States. Few have health insurance, and many are subject to unsafe and unhealthy conditions on the job. Yet, surprisingly, migrants have played an important part in expanding access to health care for all Americans. Historian Beatrix Hoffman will discuss migrants' role in the struggle for rights in America's unequal health system. Her talk will focus on two Arizona law cases in 1970s in which migrants fought back against being denied medical treatment, and in the process helped create new rights to health care.

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    • Locating Race in Mexican Art, 1750-1850:
      Indigenous and Black Subjects in the Colonial and Early National Periods

      Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom

      Ray Hernandez-Duran, Photo 2021In this talk, Dr. Hernández-Durán will focus on a transitional period in Mexican art history, 1750–1850, and will explore the role of the Academy of San Carlos in shaping Mexican art production from the late colonial period into the first three decades following independence. By looking at the academy in Mexico City during this period, we can trace how the image of the Indian was transformed and the Black subject gradually erased as the colonial period came to an end and independent Mexico began to take form.

    • Power and Political Theatre at the Capitol
      Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom

      Ana Martinez, Photo 2021The Zócalo – the central plaza in Mexico City – is the place to stage for central stories about Mexico’s past and future. From ethnic diversity and racial hierarchy during Spanish rule and ethnic politics and state authority, Dr. Ana Martínez’ book Performance in the Zocalo tracks five different moments – from the early conquest through the Porfiriato and past the Zapatista uprising – to examine the way different actors played and challenged the roles available to them in the Plaza Mayor.

    • CSSW Spotlight
      2020 Undergraduate Research Essay Winner

      Madeline Deskin | CSSW Undergrad Essay WinnerThe 2020 undergraduate research essay winner Madeline Deskin focused on transnational organizing by U.S. labor radicals during the Mexican Revolution.  Her research initially focused on peonage and forced labor in the Houston area, but as she pored through the digital archive held by Alkek, she noticed that several journalists started covering events in Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon.  As she realized that the labor beat for the chronicle started including events in Mexico, the research project changed focus to examine the impact of labor unrest in Mexico on these journalists’ understanding of labor and politics.  Deskin even pulled out how the journalists covered how conservative sectors in Mexico – allies of Porfirio Diaz – had already started mobilizing politically in the United States to affect domestic politics.

      What Deskin’s paper demonstrates – and is a finding that needs demonstrating again and again – is that Mexico and the United States are deeply connected. Moreover, that this fact is repeatedly discovered to U.S. journalists’ surprise and chagrin.  Moreover, her paper shows that you can do research on an aspect of transnational history without leaving the United States. 

      What the essays by both Isabel Lozoya (2019) and Madeline Deskin (2020) show is that students at Texas State have an overriding interest the transnational processes and cultures that bind people together across borders in Northern Mexico and the United States Southwest.

      The Aleyda Gonzalez Mckiernan Undergraduate Research Essay Prize Committee was happy to award Madeline Deskin the prize.  The committee also looks forward to reviewing essays that contribute to our understanding of the Southwest and sharing the scholarship money and the recognition with students.

      The CSSW is accepting applications for the 2021 Aleyda Gonzalez Mckiernan Undergraduate Research Essay Prize.