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Geneva M. Gano | Demasiada, y más que Demasiada: Sandra Cisneros on the Loose in San Antonio
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall

Geneva GanoSandra 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

Deborah Paredez: Year of the Dog: Poetry as Feminist LamentThis 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.

South of Hannah | a reading by David Norman
November 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Brazos Hall

David NormanThe Center for the Study of the Southwest welcomes back our own David Norman for a special reading from his novel, South of Hannah. David Norman was previously the editor of Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review. His novel has already been called the debut of an important new voice in contemporary literature. There will be refreshments and books available for purchase.

Concrete Connections: Migrant Construction Workers and the Transformation of Architecture in Mexico
a talk by Sarah Lynn Lopez
Monday, November 12, 2018 | 12:30-2:00 pm | Brazos Hall

Sarah Lynn LopezSarah Lynn Lopez, professor of architecture and migration studies, will present on the ways Mexican migrant workers have been transforming the landscapes of their rural Mexican towns and the U.S. cities over the past 40 years. This lecture traces the ways Mexican migrants’ sense of domestic space catalyzed and financed a building boom across small towns in Mexico, part of the 20 billion dollars families remit yearly to Mexico.

The Color Line & the Borderline | William Ellis, From Texas Slave to Mexican Millionaire
Karl Jacoby & Robert "Chip" Williams
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall

Jacoby - Chip LecturePlease join Karl Jacoby and Robert “Chip” Williams as they discuss the extraordinary but true history of the border-crossing William Ellis. Born into slavery in Victoria, Texas, William Ellis capitalized on the Spanish that he learned as a child to reinvent himself in the 1880s as the Mexican businessman Guillermo Eliseo, a cosmopolitan figure who circulated between San Antonio, Mexico City, and New York City’s Wall Street. Ellis’s remarkable ability to negotiate color lines between black and Mexican communities as well as the borderline between the US and Mexico casts in sharp relief the racial and political geography of Mexico, the U.S., and their shared border region at the turn of the last century.

The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
a talk by Monica Muñoz Martinez
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall

Monica Muñoz MartinezBetween 1910 and 1920, vigilantes and law enforcement—including the renowned Texas Rangers—killed Mexican residents with impunity. The full extent of the violence was known only to the relatives of the victims. Monica Muñoz Martinez turns to the keepers of this history to tell this riveting and disturbing untold story.

Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Monica Muñoz Martinez is an award-winning historian and activist. Her first book, The Injustice Never Leaves You, addresses anti-Mexican racial terror in Texas between 1900 and 1920.

Latinos and the Future of America: Reflections on the Color of Educational Opportunity
a talk by Dr. Marta Tienda
Wednesday, October 11, 2018 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm | The Wittliff Collections (7th Floor Alkek Library)

Dr. Marta TiendaDr. Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Director of the Latina/o Studies minor at Princeton University and former director of the Office of Population Research. Dr. Tienda received a B.A. from Michigan State University (Spanish, 1972) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin (1976). She has received honorary doctorates from Bank Street College, Ohio State University and Lehman College. Professor Tienda’s expertise focuses on race and ethnic inequality, international migration, health, and higher education.

Dr. Tienda is the author of Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies (2006), and Hispanics and the Future of America (2006).

Demography is not Destiny: Policy and Social Change in Texas
a talk by Rogelio Saenz
Monday, September 10, 2018 | 12:30 pm | Flowers Hall 230

Rogelio Sanez | Demography is not DestinyWill Texas become majority minority? Will the electorate become majority-minority? Will there be public policies that reflect the will of the majority of Texas residents? Public intellectual and UTSA Dean of Public Policy Rogelio Saenz will discuss the ways recent demographic trends shape policy in Texas and the ways that policy debates complicate an easy connection between demographics and electoral outcomes. By focusing on changes in urban and suburban areas – like Midwestern migrants to ethnically diverse suburbs to demographic changes in majority-minority metropolitan Texas – Rogelio Saenz will underline the importance of demography to public policy.

A Workshop and Reading with Ariana Brown
Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 6:30-9:00 pm
Splash Co-Working Space | 325 North LBJ

Ariana BrownAriana Brown is a Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. Ariana, who has been dubbed a "part-time curandera," is primarily interested in using poetry to validate Black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. She is currently earning an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. Follow her work at and on Twitter & Instagram @arianathepoet.

Native Migrants, the Spanish Empire, and the Law
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 12:30-2:30 | Brazos Hall


Andean Cosmopolitans and Latin American StudiesPlease join the Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Department of History in celebrating the end of the semester, the publication of Andean Cosmopolitans and Latin American Studies at Texas State

Two Lectures with Melissa Stuckey
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Brazos Hall

Melissa StuckeyThe Center for the Study of the Southwest welcomes Dr. Melissa Stuckey for two lectures on April 12, 2018.  The first, Boley, Indian Territory: Freedom and the All-Black town, sheds light on an important place and a brief time where nationalist black freedom ideals and geopolitical opportunity intersected for African-descended people in North America.

The second, Meet Me in Boley: The Historian, the Nonprofit Organization, and the Black Town, examines the town of Boley, founded in 1903 as one of Oklahoma’s thirteen surviving all-black towns in what was then Creek Nation, Indian Territory.

Indigenous Borderlands of the Americas
An International Symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest

Saturday, April 6-7, 2018 | Lampasas 501

Indigenous Borderlands SymposiumCovering a wide chronological and geographical span, from Colonial Yucatán to twentieth-century Bolivia, this symposium explores the manifold ways in which natives across the Americas resisted and adapted to the intrusion of people of European descent to preserve their political autonomy and their cultural identity, thus shaping the indigenous borderlands of the Western Hemisphere.

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2018 Mexican National Elections and Future of U.S. - Mexico Relations
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 1:30 – 5:30 pm | Wittliff Gallery

US Mexico SummitKeynote speakers
Carlos Gonzalez | Consul General of Mexico

Ana Paula Ordorica | Mexican journalist

Featured panelists
Gustavo Vega Canovas | Provost, Colegio de Mexico

Judge Manuel Gonzalez Oropeza | Magistrate for the Federal Electoral Commission

Guillermo Trejo | Notre Dame University

Indigenous Landscapes and Colonial Boundaries: Reading Nature into Colonial Archives | A Public Lecture by Dr. Cynthia Radding
Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 am | Comal Building, Room 116

Cynthia Radding Talk ImageThis presentation builds an environmental history from below by integrating the production of cultural landscapes with the practices of indigenous peoples, the values they ascribed to the land itself, and the organization of labor that made it possible for them to sustain communities and mixed agrarian economies in the arid lands of northwestern Mexico. It draws on the interdisciplinary traditions of cultural geography, archaeology, anthropology, and documentary history that represent over a century of scholarship devoted to the complex web of relationships between the land and different groups of indigenous and mixed populations in the colonial regimes of the Americas.

Undocumented to Hyperdocumented: The Power of Documentation | A Book Talk by Dra. Aurora Chang

Dra. Aurora Chang Dra. Aurora Chang's presentation argues that undocumented students' quest to achieve academically simultaneously cultivates an empowering self-identity while forcing them to involuntarily perform the role of infallible non-citizen citizen. Her book, The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students, weaves together two distinct and powerfully related sources of knowledge: (1) her journey/transition from a once uncoumented immigrant from Guatemala to a huperdocumented academic, and (2) five years of ongoing national research on the identity, education, and agency of undocumented college students.

Join us for two presentations by Dr. Tyina Steptoe on Thursday, February 22nd.

Tyina SteptoeHouston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City
Reception | Q&A | Book Sale + Signing
12:30 pm | Brazos Hall


History in the Key of Life: Listening to Houston’s Polycultural Pasts
Reception | Talk | Q&A
6:00 pm | Calaboose African American Museum | 200 W. MLK Drive, San Marcos, Texas

The Bridge to A Land Apart | A Talk by Flannery Burke
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall

A Land ApartHow does the Southwest connect to the nation? A Land Apart traces how indigenous peoples, Hispanics, Mexicans, and Anglos negotiated tourism, the New Deal, the nuclear age, and water scarcity in New Mexico and Arizona. In this talk, Historian Flannery Burke charts the challenges and rewards of bringing the Southwest into the national fold.