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  • The Art of Gentrification | A Book Talk by Cary Cordova
    Monday, November 27, 2017 | 2:00 pm | TMH 201

    The Heart of the MissionSan Francisco has been home to political and cultural movements that have reshaped America. Cary Cordova’s The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco explores how Latina/o artists, residents and migrants both, produced art that spoke to their vision of themselves, their city, their transnational social movements, to the wealth-driven gentrification, and their American cultures.

    Learn more about her work.

  • Emiliano Zapata in American Memory | A Talk and Book Signing by Paul Hart
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm | Brazos Hall

    Zapata Book CoverThe talk explores the afterlife of Emiliano Zapata in North America, tracking the ways his life, his actions, and his myths inspired many movements and cultures across North America, from 1950s rural guerrillas to urban Chicana/os and from Agraristas to the current Zapatistas.

    Paul Hart is a Professor of History and Associate Director for the Center for International Studies at Texas State University. He is also the author of Bitter Harvest: The Social Transformation of Morelos, Mexico and the Origins of the Zapatista Revolution, 1840-1910 (2005).

  • Blue Texas: Back to the Future | A Reflection by Max Krochmal
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12:30-2:30 pm | Flowers Hall 230

    Blue Texas Book CoverBlue Texas is about the other Texas, a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. At the ballot box and in the streets, Mexican Americans, African Americans and labor activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. And it worked, permanently changing the racial political order in Texas.

    In this talk, Max Krochmal goes back to the politics of community organizing in Jim Crow Texas to consider all of our futures in Texas after Trump and after Hurricane Harvey.


  • Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice | Exhibit
    On View - September 13 - December 13, 2017 | Opening Reception and Reading - September 13 | 12:00pm | Brazos Hall

    Fairy Tales for Truth and JusticeDeveloped through a one-year onsite artist-in-residence program at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California, SanTana’s Fairy Tales is a visual art installation, oral history, storytelling project initiated by artist/author Sarah Rafael García. The project integrates community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimm’s’ fairy tales).

  • Steve Schafer: The Border, book reading and panel
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Reading 5:30pm; Panel Discussion 6pm | The Wittliff Collections

    Steve Schafer, The BorderSteve Schafer visits Texas State University to read from his new book, The Border, a novel about four Mexican teenagers who flee to the U.S. through the scorching Sonoran Desert after getting caught in the cross fire of the narco-violence along the U.S./Mexico border.  After the reading, a panel discussion entitled “Immigration and the Refugee Experience” will focus on the experiences and criminalization of immigrants with insights from Dr. Jose Coll (Director, School of Social Work at Texas State), Dr. Luis Torres (College of Social Work, University of Houston), Chief Benjamine “Carry” Huffman (Chief of Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters), and Dr. John Mckiernen-Gonzalez (Director, Center for the Study of the Southwest).

  • All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands
    A reading by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
    Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 11:00am – 12:20pm | The Wittliff Collections

    Agents and SaintsAfter a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home—only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way.  In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between and the people who live there.

  • William Jensen: Cities of Men
    April 27, 2017 | 5:30 pm Reception | 6:00 pm Reading | Brazos Hall

    William Jensen Cities of MenJoin the Center for the Study of the Southwest in celebrating the release of their own William Jensen's first novel, Cities of Men.  A book signing with advanced copies of Cities of Men will follow the reading. 

    In 1987, twelve-year-old Cooper Balsam's mother, Arden, disappears without a trace. As days pass, Cooper and his father search for the most important woman in their lives. From the hills of Southern California, to the deserts of Arizona, and down to the beaches of Mexico, the father and son will look for someone who may not want to be found for reasons they don't yet understand.

  • Tim Z. Hernandez: And They Will Call You
    April 6, 2017 | 12:30 pm. in Brazos Hall | 5:30 pm at the Wittliff Collections

    And They Will Call YouTim Z. Hernandez shares the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, Hernandez’ weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song.

  • Landscapes, Peoples, and Institutions: Constructing the Borderlands
    An International Symposium Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest

    Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:30 am – 5 pm | Flowers Hall 230

    Constructing the BorderlandsDevelopments along US-Mexico Borderlands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had long-lasting effects and contributed decisively to give the region its current configuration. This symposium offers a fresh look at some of the ways in which peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds and geographical origins adapted to the borderlands environment and to one another during that period.

    English Program Español
  • A Fresh Look at the Fort Parker Raid of 1836
    Wednesday, March 29 | 3:30 p.m. | Brazos Hall

    Dr. Daniel GeloTexas was an independent Republic for just a few years, between 1836 and 1846. This relatively short time span was, however, particularly prolific in producing frontier myths, heroes, and antiheroes, some of which have resisted the test of time surprisingly well. The Comanche Indians of the southern plains are doubtlessly one of the most enduring icons of that mythical legacy. On May 19, 1836, an Indian raid on Fort Parker, in today’s Limestone County, Texas, resulted in the killing and capture of several Anglo settlers, including Cynthia Ann Parker –future mother of the famous Comanche leader Quanah. This fabled incident has become one of the foundational myths of the Texas Republic. Dr. Gelo’s careful scrutiny of eyewitness accounts, and his understanding of indigenous geopolitical strategies at the time will reveal what actually happened at Fort Paker, the exact identity of the attackers, and what their motivations were, redressing both the standard account of the raid and some recent interpretations.

  • An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction Reading
    Brazos Hall | March 2, 2017 | 12:30 pm

    Texas Weather PosterPublished by Lamar University Press, Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction is a collection of works that “celebrates with intimate detail and incredible scope why Texans are so fascinated with, wary of, confounded by, and thankful for their weather.” Edited by Laurence Musgrove and Terry Dalrymple, this anthology includes an amazing array of 59 writers. Of these writers and editors, Jason Harris, Vanessa Johnson, Laurence Musgrove, Charles Taylor, and Steve Wilson will share their work. William Jensen will moderate the discussion panel to follow.

    Book signing to follow.

  • A Land without Borders: The Comanche Range
    An exhibit about Comanche geography and adaptation to the land

    On view February 7 – May 10, 2017

    Comanche Exhibit

    Exhibit Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 7

    Center for the Study of the Southwest

    Brazos Hall, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

  • Book Talk by Andrés Reséndez on The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in North America
    Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Flowers Hall 230 | 12:30 p.m.

    Other SlaveryProf. Andrés Reséndez’s presentation argues that native enslavement and slave raids are central to the settlement and economic growth of North America. His book, The Other Slavery, is the first broad history of the long co-existence of Indian enslavement, depopulation, chattel slavery and abolition in the West from the 1500s to the 1900s.

  • Editorial Fellowship, Center for the Study of the Southwest

    The Center for the Study of the Southwest (CSSW), announces the availability of a Research Assistant position to serve as Editorial Fellow at the Center during the 2017-2018 academic year (renewable based on evaluation of first year’s work). The Editorial Fellow will assist the CSSW staff in production of Texas Books in Review (TBR), Southwestern American Literature (SAL), and Sound Historian. Related duties include text and graphics layout and copyediting on all journals, and book review support and mail-out supervision on TBR and SAL, with other duties as assigned. The fellow is also expected to carry out one personal research project on a self-chosen topic related to the region.

    The Fellowship consists of an RA position (nine-month appointment at $9,855) plus a tuition scholarship of $1,500 per semester and some support for research and conference travel.

    Visit our Editorial Fellowship Page for more information.

  • Marc Simmons PaintingMarc Simmons: Southwestern Treasure from the Maverick Historian

    On exhibit through December 16, 2016

  • Dr. de la Teja Receives Presidio La Bahia AwardCSSW director Frank de la Teja was in Goliad on December 3 to receive the 2016 Presidio La Bahía Award for his collection of essays Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas, published by Texas A&M University Press. The award is given by the Sons of the Republic of Texas “for outstanding contribution in the field of the Spanish Colonial Period of Texas History.”

  • The Southwest in Film Series
    La Bamba
    Thursday, October 20 | 7:00 pm | Brazos Hall

    La BambaJoin us for a free screening of La Bamba, the film based on the life of Richard Steven Valenzuela a.k.a Ritchie Valens. This second collaboration with  the San Marcos Cinema Club will be another unforgettable event. We’re excited to have Texas State’s Ritmo Latino Dance Company to start the night off with a special dance performance!

  • Frank de la Teja was interviewed for a segment, “Hispanic in Texas,” part of a BBC World Service Business Daily series on the fortunes of the rapidly expanding Hispanic and Latino community. He commented regarding historical perspectives on immigration to the Lone Star State. Hear the whole segment here:

  • Black Theater in Texas: Stages of Struggle and Celebration
    Opening Reception: Monday, October 17th | Time: 5:00 pm | Brazos Hall

    BTTThis exhibition highlights the extensive groundbreaking research developed during the production of two new historically and artistically related publications written by Dr. Sandra Mayo and Dr. Elvin Holt. 

    The exhibit will run through December 15, 2016.

  • CSSW director Frank de la Teja was one of a handful of historians of Texas asked by Austin public radio station KUT to talk about how a 1950s textbook presented the state’s history to schoolchildren.  Listen to the segment here:

  • International ColloquiumSomewhere in the Southwest

    Call for papers for the 7th International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas meeting to be held October 19-21, 2016, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

  • The Southwest in Film Series
    Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century

    Thursday, October 13 | 6:45pm | Alkek Teaching Theater

    From Dusk Till DawnJoin us for “Monsters and Motels: Frontier Horror and the 21st Century” presented by Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores. A screening of From Dusk til Dawn to follow.

  • Building Bridges, Not Walls
    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library 7th Floor
    Reception: 5:30pm | Presentation: 5:45pm | Book Signing: 6:30pm

    Building  Bridges, Not WallsJoin us for a conversation with scholar and author, John Francis Burke.  Scholar and author of political science and religious studies, Dr. Burke currently teaches at Trinity University, and is the author of Building Bridges, Not Walls: Nourishing Divers Cultures in Faith and Mestizo Democracy: The Politics of Crossing Borders.

  • The Southwest in Film Series
    Free Screening of Selena

    September 15, 2016 | Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton Street | 6:00 pm

    SelenaPlease join us a for a special free screening of SELENA at the historic Cuauhtemoc Hall, where the legendary Tejano legend performed. Timed w/ Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day in Mexico), the SELENA screening will feature free pizza, live accordion music, and a raffle.

    Also, winners of the Selena essay contest -- in the elementary, middle & high school levels -- will be invited to read their original writings, reflecting on the words of Selena concerning the value of learning a second language & embracing one’s cultural origins:
    “I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.”

  • Texas IdentitiesIn January 2015 the center hosted a symposium that brought back to campus MA alumni from the Department of History, all of whom work on Texas history. That gathering led to a collection of essays, Texan Identities: Moving beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History, published by the University of North Texas Press with the generous support Texas State University. This is the second collaboration of this type, following the 2014 symposium “Lone Star Unionism and Dissent” that led to the University of Oklahoma Press collection, Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas.

  • Bless Me, Ultima

    Still Image from Bless Me, Ultima MovieBless Me, Ultima, a film by Carl Franklin based on the Rudolfo Anaya’s bestselling novel will be screened at the Alkek Teaching Theatre. The film will be accompanied by speaker Dr. Gabriel Meléndez, Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

    September 8, 2016 | Alkek Teaching Theatre

  • The Center for the Study of the Southwest (CSSW), announces the availability of a Research Assistant position to serve as Editorial Fellow at the Center during the 2016-2017 academic year.  It is open to anyone working on a Master’s degree at Texas State, with strong writing and editing skills and an interest in the Southwest. The Editorial Fellow will assist the CSSW staff in production of Texas Books in Review (TBR), Southwestern American Literature (SAL), Sound Historian, and Journal of Texas Music History.

    The Fellowship consists of an RA position (nine-month appointment at $9,855) plus a tuition scholarship of $1,500 per semester and some support for research and conference travel.

    Visit our Editorial Fellowship Page for more information. 

  • The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

    The Head of Joaquin MurrietaJohn J. Valadez will be screening and discussing his documentary, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, in which the author chronicles his search for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw.

    September 22, 2016 | UCM | 11 a.m.

  • Call for Papers
    “The Annual University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History Conference”

    Borderlands ConferenceShifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community
    February 10-11, 2017, El Paso, Texas
    Submission deadline: September 16, 2016
    Presented by the UTEP Department of History

  • Road to Abilene
    Summer 2016 Exhibit

    Road to AbileneThe photos in this exhibit were taken by Lawton Cook, a recent graduate of the MFA program at Texas State, in preparation for writing his thesis--a novel that looks at the effects of urbanization on rural life in Texas.

  • Ricardo Ainslie: The Mark of War
    October 5, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Alkek Teaching Theater

    Ricardo Ainslie, 2016

    Ricardo Ainslie is nearing completion of a documentary film, The Mark of War, in which he chronicles the experiences of seven men who fought in the Vietnam War. He will be screening a rough cut of the film and will discuss the documentary process as well as what he has learned about the impact of war on the lives of the individuals who endure it.

  • Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World
    History Symposium | Fort Worth Library | April 2, 2016 | 10:30 am–4 pm

    Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Cowgirls: Texas Cattle Trails to the World Fort Worth Public LibraryJoin historians Frank de la Teja, Byron Price, Joyce Roach, and Richard Slatta for a look at cattle trail history in Texas and around the world. To request tickets, visit the Fort Worth Library Lonesome Dove Trail page.

    Visit  Lonesome Dove Event Page to view the presentations.

  • CSSW Photography ExhibitConducted over several years, the project, led by Ana M. Juárez (Department of Anthropology), involved collaboration between students, faculty and others at Texas State University, local agencies and institutions, and most importantly the local Mexican American community who generously shared the stories of their lives.

    An opening reception will be held Tuesday, February 16 in Brazos Hall, 5:00pm - 6:30 pm.

    Visit the Sacred Spaces Event Page for more information.

  • GIANT Movie PosterThe Center for the Study of the Southwest presents Children of GIANT, a "story of the people who were there, many of them children, who witnessed the making of GIANT, not knowing that it would become a lasting chronicle of the very lives they were living in that summer of 1955." Filmmaker, Hector Galán, will lead a discussion following the film.

    April 5, 2016 | LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
    5:30pm Reception | 6:00 pm Program

    Visit the GIANT Event Page for more information

  • Opportunity and Adaptation across the US-Mexico Borderlands
    February 27, 2016 | 9:30am - 4:30pm | Flowers Hall, Room 230

    us-mexico borderlands

    International borders are the (often invisible) boundaries where the distinct political jurisdictions, laws, and cultural traditions of two adjacent countries supposedly end. In practice, however, borderlands are spaces where political jurisdictions are often ignored, laws are difficult to enforce, and cultural traditions merge, which creates challenges and opportunities for the people and the authorities on either side of the border, particularly when the border shifts. This symposium explores some of the ways in which the residents of the US-Mexico Borderlands have adapted to the changing circumstances of the frontier over the last two centuries. Presenters will discuss how interethnic cooperation and marriage, the legal and illegal movement of people and goods, labor unionism, and other strategies have permitted border dwellers to overcome the hardships and exploitation of border life, and, in some cases, to thrive.

    Symposium schedule.

  • Arcadia: The New ChicanaThe Center for the Study of the Southwest invites you to attend Arcadia: The New Chican@.  This event hosts writers Ito Romo, Luke Villafranca, Octavio Quintanilla, and Sarah Cortez, and artist Vincent Valdez, all of whom are published in the upcoming issue of Arcadia Magazine. Arcadia welcomes eclectic art and literature "regardless of its origin…that speaks to and moves the heart and the head, regardless of form, medium, or place of birth." This special issue honors Mexican and Mexican American heritage through art, poetry, and prose.  We hope you join us as we celebrate the shared stories of the borderlands in the twenty-first century.

    February 11, 2016 | Brazos Hall
    12:00 pm reception | 12:30 pm program

    Visit the Arcadia Event Page for full details.

  • Tino Villanueva, 2016Join us for a reading and conversation with Tino Villanueva. Dr. Villanueva has had a diversity of work experiences before his formal college education, ranging from migrant worker to assembly-line construction of furniture here in San Marcos, where he was born and raised.

    April 12, 2016 | Reception 5:30 |  Program 6 pm

    Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (211 Lee Street)

    Visit the Villanueva Event Page for more information.

  • At a Crossroads: The Study of the Southwest in the New Millennium
    Thursday, February 16, 2016 | Brazos Hall | 3:30 pm, light refreshments

    At a Crossroads

    A dialogue on politics, culture, migration, war, the state, and slavery: How can experiences in the Southwest illuminate our understanding of American history?  Visit the event page full information.

    Photo by Russell Contreras, Sunland Park, NM

  • The Mexican Revolution on the U.S. Border
    Wednesday, February 15, 2016 | Flowers Hall 230 | Doors open at 5:30 pm, light refreshments

    Mexican Revolution on the borderDr. Paul Hart serves as moderator for a special panel exploring the impact of the Mexican Revolution on U.S. immigrant and ethnic communities in the Southwest. Dr. Andrew Urban explores the plight of Chinese immigrants who worked for Gen. John Pershing’s Punitive Expedition, and Dr. Raúl Ramos examines the roles played by Americans of Mexican heritage in the civil war in their ancestral homeland.

    Visit the event page for more information.

  • Severo Perez, 2016Somewhere in the Southwest

    Wittliff Collections highlights the work of the Center for the Study of the Southwest Artist in Residence, Severo Perez.

  • Octavio Pimentel Event Image, 2016Octavio Pimentel

    Reads from his new book

    Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices

    January 27, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. reception
    Comal, Room 116 | 3:30 p.m. reading

    Visit the Pimentel Event Page for more information

  • Old Main

    Views from the Hill” Symposium Highlights Texas State History Alumni
    January 31, 2015

    Seven graduates of the History MA program who work in Texas history came together for a one-day symposium “Views from the Hill: History, Myth, and Memory in Texas,” to discuss the research on a broad range of regional topics.

  • “’Until Education is Unaware of Race’: The Path Toward Integration at Texas State University” is the title of a photo exhibit that will open on January 20, 2015, in Brazos Hall. The exhibit is the product of a graduate class taught by Dr. Lynn Denton, director of the university’s Public History program. Students in the class researched, wrote, designed, produced, and mounted the exhibit. The collaboration between the Center and the Public History program is part of their contribution to the 2014-2015 Common Experience theme, “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration.”

  • The Center for the Study of the Southwest  at Texas State University hosted the 6th International Colloquium on Northeastern Mexico and Texas at the university campus in San Marcos, November 20-22, 2014.

    Visit the Colloquium Site for more information.

  • Larry ThomasThe Center congratulates 2008 Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas on his selection as first finalist for the 2014 Spur Award for "Best Western Poem." Thomas's honored poem, "Coyanosa," appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Southwestern American Literature, which is published by the Center.
    During the Western Writers of America's annual convention in Sacramento this June, Thomas will be recognized at the Spur Award Finalist luncheon and SAL will receive a finalist citation certificate.

  • Latino Filmmaker Named First CSSW Artist-in-Residence

    Artist in ResidenceThe Center for the Study of the Southwest announced today filmmaker John J. Valadez as its inaugural Artist-In-Residence. During his tenure, Valadez will create a companion book for his landmark PBS film “The Longoria Affair.”

  • The Southwest is both an area of study and a natural organizational region within which institutions have a clear interest in the Hispanic world broadly. The Spanish colonial legacy in the region, encompassing social, cultural, economic, and geographic characteristics, requires students of the area during early historic times to engage the broader Spanish colonial experience. Consequently, the Center for the Study of the Southwest has joined the Department of History in making Texas State University a founding member of the Southwest Seminar. Dr. José Carlos de la Puente, assistant professor of History at Texas State, will represent the university as this year’s seminar, which will be hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The CSSW and Department of History are working together to bring the seminar to Texas State in the next year or two.

  • At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, Center for the Study of the Southwest director Frank de la Teja explains how the divering line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Visit NPR to listen to the interview.

  • Writing Beyond Borders
    April 4, 2014

    border_writersAt The Wittliff Collections, four distinguished authors discussed the past, present, and future of Latina/o literature—in a world where writers are frequently moving beyond traditional borders and boundaries.

  • Latinos in Sports in the Southwest
    Fall 2014

    Latinos in SportsLatinos and Sports in the Southwest explores the participation of Latinos in sports in the Southwestern borderlands. The presentation series is complemented by an exhibit of photographs in Brazos Hall portraying Latino participation in Texas State University’s sports programs.

  • Lone Star Unionism and Dissent
    April 5, 2014

    Civil War SymposiumPresented by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest and The Wittliff Collections, and funded in part by a grant from the Summerlee Foundation, this symposium explored the diversity of that opposition and challenged the myth of a monolithic pro-Confederate Texas. Hosted at The Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University, the symposium consisted of two morning sessions and one afternoon session of three presentations each, followed by a keynote address and a Q&A period.

  • LadrilleriaLadrilleria
    September 17,2013
    Our photography exhibition on display at Brazos Hall on artisan border brickmakers in Reynosa, Mexico.


  • Latino Americanslatino_americans
    September 11, 2013
    Our sneak peak and panel discussion of the Six-Part Documentary Series that debuted on KLRU.