News & Events
A Reading by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm | Brazos Hall
Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado–a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite–these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.
On January 25, 2019, professor Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez from Texas State University´s History Department and Gerardo Lara Cisneros from the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) led a seminar on Fronteras indígenas de América / Indigenous Borderlands of the Americas at the UNAM in Mexico City. This event was an outgrowth of an earlier two-day symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Department of History and held in San Marcos last April. Dr. Rivaya-Martínez and his collaborators aim to publish edited volumes highlighting the borderlands spaces native peoples carved for themselves within and at the edges of empires and nation-states in the Americas. The works will be available in Spanish and in English The Center is proud to aid this cross-border collaborative scholarly project.
Dr. Fey Yarbrough | Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country
Thursday, April 12, 2019 | 11:00 am | Flowers Hall 230
The American Civil War evokes images of white men, though now many acknowledge the participation of black soldiers. The Civil War was more than a rupture between Northern and Southern states and Americans over the issue of slavery; other regions and other groups were drawn into the dispute. Several American Indian nations, including the Choctaw Nation, officially sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War. This talk will approach a familiar topic, the American Civil War, from a less familiar vantage point by focusing on the Choctaw Nation and the experience of Choctaw soldiers fighting for the Confederacy in particular.
Dr. Michelle Torres | Supply Chains and Labor Exploitation
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall
Despite what we understand to be the abolition of slavery in the United States, trafficking of humans for the purposes of sex work and exploited labor has emerged as a major criminal and social justice issue, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Torres has been advocating for a social justice and human rights lens on labor policies and researching the range of exploitation in labor markets and the intersection with vulnerable populations.
The American Dream in Vietnamese: A Book Talk by Nhi Lieu
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 11:00 am | Brazos Hall
Displaced from Viet Nam by war and politics and arriving as refugees to communities in Texas and California, Vietnamese artists and entrepreneurs built forms of popular culture that affirmed connections to a Viet Nam that was and to a cosmopolitan culture that would incorporate Vietnamese subjects as equal participants. Nhi Lieu’s pathbreaking work of history & cultural studies The American Dream in Vietnamese traces the ways Little Saigons, video productions and beauty queen competitions built community and challenged the demeaning and orientalist meanings associated with refugees in the United States.
Geneva M. Gano | Demasiada, y más que Demasiada: Sandra Cisneros on the Loose in San Antonio
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 12:30 pm | Flowers Hall 230
Sandra Cisneros arrived in San Antonio in 1984 to work as the Literary Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on San Antonio’s West Side. She only held that position for a year, but she made San Antonio her home for the next thirty years. This talk situates Sandra Cisneros’ poems from Loose Woman (1994) within the multidisciplinary, multilingual rasquache aesthetics of the fin-de-siecle arts scene in San Antonio’s West Side. Drawing on archival materials, interviews, and essays, Professor Dr. Geneva M. Gano will examine how Cis¬neros’ sexy, silly, and simultaneously sophisticated albures, adivinanzas and dichos resonate with the sly and politically infused art of her fellow San Antonians, Franco Mondini-Ruiz and Alejandro Diaz.
Deborah Paredez | Year of the Dog: Poetry as Feminist Lament
February 25, 2019 | 11:00 am | The Wittliff Collections
This public lecture will include a reading from my forthcoming poetry book, YEAR OF THE DOG (Boa Editions 2020), a Latina chronicle of the Vietnam War era, and a discussion of the tradition and function of feminist elegy during times of disaster and atrocity. Drawing from the mythic Greek figure of Hecuba, who committed herself so fully to her grief in response to the horrors of war that she was transformed into a howling dog, I explore how female and feminist figures have catalyzed transformations in the private and public realms as a result of their acts of lamentation.