News & Events
Cultural Production, Place and Power
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom
The 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
In 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.
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.
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
During 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
The 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
Migrant 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.
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
In 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
The 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.
2020 Undergraduate Research Essay Winner
The 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.