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Around the Courtyard | Spring/Summer 2024

Texas State History Department at the Agricultural History Society

Agricultural Society Event

Texas State History Department graduate student Katherine Frederick organized a panel "Silk and Strategies" at "Borderlands, Marginal Spaces, & Agriculture In-Between" at the 2024 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Frederick presented "Silk and Franco-Maronite Relations: Sericulture in Lebanon in the 19th Century," while graduate student Gabriel Odom presented “Herbicides and Tactics: Agricultural Warfare in Vietnam,” and faculty member Elizabeth Bishop presented "“Chahine's ‘Blazing Sun’: An Egyptian Family Story.” Session chair and commentator was Karen-Beth Scholthof, Professor (Emerita) in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University.


Congratulations to Drs. Rivaya and Mellard on Their Recent Promotions

Congratulating Drs. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez and Jason Mellard on their recent promotions. Dr. Rivaya-Martinez joins our team of full professors and Dr. Mellard has been promoted to associate professor of practice. 


Margaret Vaverek Featured on Texas State's Enlighten Me Podcast

History Department friend and colleague, Margaret Vaverek, was recently interviewed about the history of Texas State on Texas State University's Enlighten Me podcast.  You can hear her on the May 28, 2024 edition titled “Then, Now & NEXT."  Enlighten Me is available on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


Dr. Ron Brown Interviews Texas State President, Dr. Kelly Damphousse

History Professor, Dr. Ron Brown, recently interviewed Texas State President, Dr. Kelly Damphousse, to learn more about the history and traditions of Texas State over the last 125 years.  The discussion focuses on “TXST has retained its ‘feeling of home; while embracing growth, and why it’s important to commemorate our history.”


Dr. Jessica Pliley Published in Gender & History

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Pliley on the publication of her latest article, “Perpetual banishment: The Transcarceral Crimmigration Case of Mary Masako Akimoto,” in Gender & History


Remembering Dr. Corey Capers

Corey Capers

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our colleague Dr. Corey Capers (1970-2024). Dr. Capers was a valued member of the history department. He was a talented historian, a passionate teacher, and a caring colleague. He will be deeply missed. His friends and family will be hosting a memorial service for Dr. Capers in the coming weeks, and we will share those details when we have them. Please join us in remembering and honoring Dr. Capers and extending our deepest condolences to his family.

Corey’s Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, June 21, at 3:00 PM at All Faiths Chapel, 2203 W. 35th Street, Austin. We are working on providing a livestream of the service and will update this posting when more details are available.  

Also, Corey’s family and friends are creating a slideshow with photos they can crowdsource.  If you have any photos to share please contact Dr. Jeff Helgeson for a link to the Google Drive. 


History Undergraduate Student Wins Honorable Mention at Research Conference 

Congratulations to history undergraduate student, Trinity Taylor and her faculty mentor, Dr. Nichols, on winning Honorable Mention at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Showcase for her project, “The Sarah Baartman Effect: The Black Body Under the Westernized Gaze.” 


Remembering Dr. Rana K. Williamson

Dr. Rana K. Williamson

We are deeply saddened to learn that History Department alumna, Dr. Rana K. Williamson, passed away at the age of 61 on May 6, 2024. A sixth-generation Texan from the town of Junction, she earned her master's degree in history at then Southwest Texas State University, completing her thesis with Tug Wilson in 1990, “It Gave You Character : The Seven Year Drought of the 1950's : Texas, West Texas and Kimble County.”  She went on to teach as a lecturer in the history department before completing her PhD at Texas Christian University. Her dissertation was published as, When the Catfish had Ticks: Texas Drought History (Eakin Press, 1997). In 2012, she co-authored and independently published three short histories that focused on rural Texas culture. And between 2015 and 2021, she co-wrote and independently published several paranormal mystery novels under the pen name, Juliette Harper.


A Postcard from the World of Print: Algeria’s Place in the Digital Humanities

The Digital Orientalist (DO) recently published Dr. Elizabeth Bishop's "A Postcard from the World of Print: Algeria’s Place in the Digital Humanities." The European Association for Digital Humanities considers DO to have a measurable impact "on students' and scholars' everyday workflow," with both "theoretical reflections and practical examples." 


Dr. Louie Dean Valencia named NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia has been named the NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities for 2024-2027, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During his three-year appointment, Dr. Valencia will implement a project which aims to empower faculty and students to engage in ethical humanistic approaches when using digital technology, considering social media, A.I., the climate, and digital currencies. Those interested in participating in the global event, “Night of Ideas,”—bringing together people for a night of dialogues, workshops, music, exhibitions, and film screenings—are encouraged to contact him.


Graduate Student Awarded Grant

Congratulations to graduate student, Luiz Francisco Guizzo Gutierrez Osorio, who was awarded the Luso-American Development Foundation Award.  This award will allow Luiz to conduct a month of research at the Portuguese National Archive - Torre do Tombo. 


12th Annual Phi Alpha Theta History Conference Call for Papers

The Texas State University Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Zeta Chapter, are pleased to announce our annual conference, to be held Saturday, October 26, 2024.

The conference will consist of live panel presentations (15 minutes per presenter) moderated by a chair and a commentator. Panelists will be eligible for prizes in the undergraduate and graduate categories. Papers can be on any area of history or history-adjacent subject matter, although we encourage topics related to presidential politics, in keeping with Texas State's theme for Fall 2024.

For more information and submissions visit the 2024 PAT History Conference website


Dr. Elizabeth Bishop published in TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research

TRAFO, the blog for transregional research of the Forum transregionale Studien (Berlin), published an interview with Dr. Bishop about the article “Arabs at the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students: U.G.E.M.A. in the U.S.S.R., 1957” Maghreb Review, vol. 48, no. 4 (2023, pp. 424-442),.


Zayna Abdel-Rahim Awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study in Morocco

Undergraduate student, Zayna Abdel-Rahim, president of the History Department's Model Arab League chapter, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Morocco in the summer of 2024. This is her second State Department scholarship where she will serve as a citizen diplomat, having first done so on the Critical Language Scholarship to Japan in 2023. 


Daughter, Wife, Quaker, Spy? The Women of Revolutionary Philadelphia | Chester County History Center Talk (virtual)

This presentation will focus on four women living in Revolutionary-era Philadelphia: Quaker poet and proud “spinster” Hannah Griffitts, Loyalist (and abandoned wife) Grace Growden Galloway, Patriot organizer Esther Reed, and Anna Rawle, the daughter of exiled Loyalists living in London. The Patriot/Loyalist line was fuzzier for women, as most of the methods by which someone would have their loyalties “outed”—taxes paid, oaths made, militia service—were required only of men. Women, however, were also responding to events as members of families, congregations, and communities. There is also often a profound sense, as in Griffitts’ poetry and in the letters of many others, of frustration with their lack of agency: they are affected by the Revolution, but unable to assert much formal power.

About the Speaker: Shannon E. Duffy received her BA from Emory University, her MA from the University of New Orleans, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Early American History at Texas State University, and writes on issues of personal and community identity formation in the Revolutionary and Early National period.

Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants.

Tuesday, April 9th | 7:00pm-8:00pm | Registration Required

This program is made possible with support from The Haverford Trust Company.


2024 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Banquet 

PAT Induction Banquet flyer

Phi Alpha Theta's 2024 Spring Induction Banquet, will be held Friday, April 26, 6:30-9:30 PM, in the TMH Courtyard. They will be inducting new members, recognizing our graduates, and awarding a number of History department awards for graduate students.

The Keynote speaker, Dr. Heather Haley of the Naval History and Heritage Command, will speak on "Queer in the Cold War: The Civil-Military Battle over the Lavender Scare." The banquet is $25 per person, or $45 per couple; PAT inductees are free.

Registration is available on the PAT Website


Dr. De la Puente receives a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society

De la Puente Example Map Image

Congratulations to Dr. De la Puente who received the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society for international research and fieldwork to be conducted this summer. He will be searching for early-colonial maps and land titles in community archives of the Central Andes. 

The APS is on Twitter @AmPhilSociety, on Facebook @AmericanPhilosophicalSociety, and on Instagram @AmPhilSociety.


History Students Win Awards from the Center for the Study of the Southwest

CSSW Undergrad Conf

The CSSW recently held an undergraduate research conference in which two history majors participated. Halle Dobbs, a History and Education major, presented her paper on the assimilation of Japanese in L.A. during the 1920s and 1930s. Idaly Soto, History major and Southwestern Studies minor, presented her paper on the process of confirming Spanish and Mexican land grants after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Halle won the 2nd place prize and Idaly the 3rd.

 From left to right: Martha Izaguirre, Gabriela Moreno, Halle Dobbs, Adriana Montoya, Manny Hernandez, and Idaly Soto.  


Dr. De la Puente featured in "History's Greatest Mysteries

Dr. De la Puente was recently featured in “History's Greatest Mysteries” latest episode, on "The Mystery of Machu Picchu"." 


Dr. De la Puente publishes study of Native commoner women and land in colonial Peru

José Carlos de la Puente Luna (2024) Customs apart: rethinking inheritance and competing land claims among Native commoner women in colonial Andean villages, Colonial Latin American Review, 33:1, 79-104, DOI: 10.1080/10609164.2024.2311607 


Alliance for Texas History Founded

A new Alliance for Texas History has been founded. The Association is for “diverse groups of academic and avocational historians, local organizations and institutions, educators and public historians, archives and libraries, and anyone from the public interested in the pursuit of Texas history.  Dr. Frank de la Teja, Regents’ Professor Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, is a founding member of the Alliance for History.   


Jo Snider Featured in San Marcos Record

Our former faculty member, and great supporter of the department, Jo Snider, was recently featured the San Marcos Record. She’ll be giving a Women’s History Month talk March 8, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Marcos Public Library. I thought those of you who know Jo would especially like to see this piece. 


2024 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Banquet

PAT Induction Banquest

Save the Date: Texas State Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Zeta Chapter 2024 Awards Ceremony & Induction Banquet: Friday, April 26, 6:30-9:00 PM, TMH Courtyard. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Heather Haley, Historian, Navel History and Heritage Command: “Queer in the Cold War: The Civil-Military Battle over the Lavender Scare.”

Please RSVP by Monday, April 22, 2024


Daughter, Wife, Quaker, Spy? The Women of Revolutionary Philadelphia

Dr. Shannon Duffy has been invited to give a  Zoom talk on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm for Chester County History Center. 

This presentation will focus on four women living in Revolutionary-era Philadelphia: Quaker poet and proud “spinster” Hannah Griffitts, Loyalist (and abandoned wife) Grace Growden Galloway, Patriot organizer Esther Reed, and Anna Rawle, the daughter of exiled Loyalists living in London. The Patriot/Loyalist line was fuzzier for women, as most of the methods by which someone would have their loyalties “outed”—taxes paid, oaths made, militia service—were required only of men. Women, however, were also responding to events as members of families, congregations, and communities. There is also often a profound sense, as in Griffitts’ poetry and in the letters of many others, of frustration with their lack of agency: they are affected by the Revolution, but unable to assert much formal power. 


Celebrating Women’s History Month! BREAKING THE NEWS Post Film Q&A           
Film Director Chelsea Hernandez & Dr. Jessica Pliley, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at TXST

Breaking The News Movie Event Poster

Synopsis: Who decides which stories get told? A scrappy group of fearless women and LGBTQ+ journalists buck the white male-dominated status quo, banding together to launch The 19th*, a digital news startup aiming to combat misinformation. A story of an America in flux, and the voices often left out of the narrative, the documentary Breaking the News shows change doesn’t come easy. RT: 99min

Complimentary Beer & Pizza from the great folks at Pie Society & Middleton Brewing starting at 6:30 pm.

Film Start: 7:00 pm 

The Price Center            
222 W. San Anotonio, ST.             
San Marcos, TX 78666

Seating is Limited! | Get Advanced Tickets

Official Trailer


Center for Texas Music History | Book Talk: Welcome 2 Houston

Welcome to Houston Book Talk

Join the Center for Texas Music History on March 25, 2024 from 12:30-2:00 pm in Brazos Hall for an exciting book talk that will explore the complex relationship between place, identity, and music in Houston’s hip hop culture. In Welcome 2 Houston, Langston Collin Wilkins uses interviews with local rap artists, producers, and managers to inform an exploration of how artists, audiences, music, and place interact to create a heritage that musicians negotiate in a variety of ways.


Prof. De la Puente to give a talk at Cambridge University's Centre of Latin American Studies

de la Puente Land deed image

Dr. De la Puente will be presenting new research related to his book-in-progress. This talk will present the first comprehensive analysis of a series of land deeds prepared by the Laraos of Yauyos, Peru, during the First General Land Inspection to secure title to farm- and pastureland. 


Margaret Vaverek Published in The Journal of South Texas

Congratulating Margaret Vaverek, whom most of you know as our colleague in Alkek Library and an alum of the department, on the publication of her co-authored article, “A Wound Too Deep to Show: A Preliminary Study of the Legacy of Falcon International Dam,” in The Journal of South Texas


Dr. Bishop Published in the Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, whose essay on digital humanities sources in the Egyptian context, “Egypt’s Geopolitical Alignment via the Digital Humanities,” was published by the Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies 3, no. 2 (2023). 


History Club with Dr. Alexandra Montero Peters

The History Club will host Dr. Alexandra Montero Peters, who will be discussing "Naming a Manuscript's Mystery Women: New Evidence of Muslim-Christian Exchange in the 13th Century." 

Pizza will be served! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 7:00 pm                
TMH 104


State of Black Students Event

State of Black Studies at UT & TXST

Join Dr. Kevin Foster (Associate Chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin) and Dr. Dwonna Goldstone (Director of the TXST African American Studies Program) as they discuss Black Studies at UT & TXST.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm                
Cephas House                
217 W. MLK Drive                
San Marcos, Texas 78666


"Transition as Struggle and Care" - A Faculty Senate University Lecturer Series Event

Transition as Struggle and Care

Speaker: Shuli Branson                  
Time and Place: Thursday, February 29th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Flowers Hall 230

Building on Black feminist and Indigenous thought, as well as their experiences as an educator and organizer, Shuli Branson proposes trans feminism as a daily practice that prepares for our collective liberation.

Shuli Branson is a transfemme teacher, organizer, scholar, and translator. Her recent works include Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide, Gay Liberation after May ’68, and Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies.


The Importance of Black Storytelling: Texas State’s African American Read-In

Black Storytelling

Come celebrate Black Storytelling with Texas State and San Marcos High School faculty. You can read silently, aloud, or in small groups. Bring your favorite book, poem, magazine, or online material written by Black authors. We will have food, drinks, and extra reading material. All are welcome!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024                     
4:00 - 6:00 PM | LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Black Storytelling Registration 


Phi Alpha Theta Fellowship Workshop | Thursday, February 15, 2024

PAT Fellowhip Funding Workshop

Join Dr. Brian Smith, External Funding Coordinator for the Graduate School, and Ms. Cathlin Noonan, Research Coordinator for the IDEA Center, to lean about funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students like you.  

At the workshop, staff and faculty who have extensive experience overseeing funding opportunities will discuss how to go about applying for research money. We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, February 15, 2024                    
5:30 PM | TMH 104


Center for Texas Music History Collaboration with KUTX

CTMH Collaboration with KUTX

In April, the Center for Texas Music History entered an ongoing collaboration with Austin's public radio stations KUTX and KUT to produce This Week in Texas Music History, a series of weekly shorts that appear on-air and are archived online. 


Witness to War

Witness to War

Join The Wittliff for a presentation by Dr. Michael Miller about the 1914 invasion and occupation of Veracruz by the United States and the Witness to War exhibition at The Wittliff.

Dr. Michael Nelson Miller is a retired professor of Mexican cultural history at Texas State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He has also taught at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 | 11:00 am                       
The Wittliff Collections

Registration | Witness to War


Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society: First General Meeting | Thursday, February 8, 2024

PAT First General Meeting

Please join PAT for our first general meeting of the year, where we will accept nominations (including self-nominations) for new officers for the 2023-2024. PAT is a history honors society open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, but many of our events are open to any students with an interest in history. We will be discussing our calendar for the upcoming semester, and brainstorming for possible Spring 24 events. There will be pizza and snacks. All are welcome. There will be a Zoom option for anyone interested who can't attend in person--email Dr. Shannon Duffy, History Dept. to get on the PAT general mailing list to get the link. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024                             
5:00-6:20 PM | TMH 101 and Online via Zoom 


Phi Alpha Theta Book 'n' Bake Sale | February 14 & 15, 2024

PAT Book and Bake Sale

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Valentine’s Day Book ‘n’ Bake Sale

Come by our booth to buy a book & a snack!                            
Scholarly & popular books available. 

Only $2 for cookie or book!

February 14 & 15, 2024                             
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | The Quad 


Dr. Alana de Hinojosa Publishes New Article

Congratulations to Dr. Alana de Hinojosa, who will be joining us in the fall, on the publication of her article, “'El Chamizal is Ours Forever:’ Rumor, Time, and the Law in El Paso’s Settler Society” in the peer-reviewed, Human Geography Journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.


The West Side Sound Oral History Project

West Side Sound Oral History Project

The West Side Sound Oral History Project is a collaboration between two Mexican American Studies professors from UTSA, two music historians and DJs, and the local community. By focusing on the West Side Sound, a genre of music that draws from conjunto music, R&B, doo wop and other Black musical genres, and by inviting the community to share their stories, this project showcases the contributions made to music and U.S. history by Black and Chicana/o/x communities.

Monday, February 19, 2024                              
Brazos Hall | 12:30 pm

More Information                               
 


Congratulations to Dr Yazid Zahda (Dr. Bishop Ph.D. Student)

Dr. Yazid Zahda, Dr. Bishop PhD student

Dr Elizabeth Bishop, with Professor Douglas Porpora (Drexel University), Dr Rima Hammami (Birzeit University), Professor Dina Mattar (SOAS University of London), and Dr Jeff Handmaker (International Institute of Social Studies) served as the full doctoral committee for Yazid Zahda's PhD thesis, "Palestine: A case of Neoliberalization. The Nature and Implications of Palestinian National Development Plans; 1994-2023" at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague (Netherlands). Yazid Zahda's dissertation supervisors are Professor Karin Arts and Dr Karim Kniou.


French Vice in Texas: Migration, Trafficking, and Indecent Work in the Early Twentieth Century                              
Dr. Elisa Camiscioli | Binghamton University

French vice in Texas

This presentation recasts the moral panic of “trafficking” as a key moment in migration history. By exploring three case studies of French migrants in Texas, Dr. Camiscioli shows how the victims and villains of the first international campaign against trafficking should be understood as entrepreneurial migrants instead. A saloon-owner in Beaumont, a pimp in El Paso, and a brothel madame in Galveston serve as examples of successful migrants to the United States, and also targets of migration control. We discuss migrants’ ambitions, the intersections of licit and illicit work, and the policing of prostitution and pimping in the early twentieth century.

Thursday, February 15, 2024                               
Flowers Hall 230 | 11:00 am

Registration Required 


Dr. Sachs appears on Media-eval Podcast to talk about Napoleon

Congratulations to Dr. Miranda Sachs who was recently invited to speak about the new Napoleon film on the podcast Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast.


Dr. Louie Dean Valencia interviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia discussed the impact of celebrity in university classes and why celebrities associate themselves with universities in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Study in America | Philadelphia in a Time of Revolution | Summer II,  2024                                 
Directed by Dr. Shannon E. Duffy

Study in America Philidelphia Flyer

After a 4-week course of study, which will comprise most of the coursework for one of two courses we will travel to Philadelphia, to visit numerous historical museums, attend scholarly talks, and participate in historical tours of the city. Our itinerary includes tours of Independence Hall National Park, the National Constitution Center, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross home, Elfreth’s Alley, the Eastern State Penitentiary, the Reading Terminal, and the Grim Philly Dark Tourism Tour.

Contact Dr. Shannon Duffy with any questions.                                
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Careers in Public History                                   
With Alicia Juillet, Curator, NY Mets Hall of Fame and Museum

Careers in Public History event

Explore careers in public history with Alicia Juillet, curator of the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum with the New York Mets baseball team.

Before joining the Mets, Alicia worked with the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars. She also interned at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, ON. She holds a BA in history and museum studies and a MS in Information, with an Archives and Museums focus, from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 5:00 pm (CDT)                                  
Online via Zoom | Registration Required 

Registration Closed


Recording Women in the Early Modern Atlantic World | Call for Papers

With support from Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin, conveners Caylin Carbonell, Sara Damiano, and Julie Hardwick invite participation in a workshop on “Recording Women in the Early Modern Atlantic World.” This in-person workshop will take place in the Austin, TX, area on September 26-28, 2024. The workshop’s goal is publication of a Journal of Women’s History special issue, to be guest edited by Sara Damiano and Caylin Carbonell.  

For more information, see the Call for Proposals website. The proposal deadline is March 1, 2024. 


Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Authors "Niels Bohr Library & Archives as a Source for Histories of Egypt’s Science Diplomacy"

Several multilateral organizations consider science diplomacy to be increasingly important in international policy-making and diplomacy; the recent UN Summer Academy Trend Talk featured Maricela Muñoz on how the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) brings together different communities, including academic, diplomatic, impact, and citizens. Dr. Bishop authored a piece in the latest issue of the History Newsletter published by the the American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives (vol. 55, no. 2, 2023), published a brief research report: "Niels Bohr Library & Archives as a Source for Histories of Egypt’s Science Diplomacy." 


Reds in Blue: UNESCO, World Governance, and the Soviet Internationalist Imagination

Reds in Blue, Book Cover

Dr. Louis Porter will be joined in conversation with Dr. Rósa Magnúsdóttir, Professor of History at the University of Iceland, for a conversation about his recent book, Reds in Blue: UNESCO, World Governance, and the Soviet Internationalist Imagination.

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | Online via Zoom                                         
12:00 pm Central Time

Registration Closed 


Dr. Valencia's latest publication in the series Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

The Politics of Replacement: Demographic Fears, Conspiracy Theories, and Race Wars

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia has co-authored the chapter "European Histories, Australian Anxieties: The Christchurch Killer in Context" in the edited volume The Politics of Replacement: Demographic Fears, Conspiracy Theories, and Race Wars, edited by Sarah Bracke and Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar, part of the series Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right.


Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez Publishes New Article

Congratualtions to Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez on the publication of his latest article, “La quiebra de las relaciones hispano-comanches durante la insurgencia.” In Procesos históricos del noreste ante la colonización hispana y la independencia de México (Siglos XVI al XIX), edited by Gustavo González Flores, 229-271. Saltillo: Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila.  


History Faculty Awarded Research Enhancement Program Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Ruby Oram and Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez, who have both been awarded Research Enhancement Program Awards in the 2024 cycle.

  • Ruby Oram, “Gender, Welfare, and the First State Prisons for Women, 1870-1910”
  • Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez, “Comanche Rock Art: A Heretofore Neglected Indigenous Source on Comanche History”

Many thanks to the Research Committee, everyone who submitted proposals, and all who supported our applicants this year. Dr. Renold, chair of the Research Committee, indicated that the number of proposals increased significantly, and the competition was especially intense this time around.


Indigenous Borderlands: A Book Celebration and Dialogue

Indigenous Borderlands: A Book Celebration and Dialogue

Renowned ethnohistorians Cynthia Radding, Erick Langer, and our own Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez will discuss the contributions and potential impact of the edited collection Indigenous Borderlands: Native Agency, Resilience and Power in the Americas (University of Oklahoma Press, 2023). This work is the culmination of a project whose first step was a symposium held at Texas State University under the sponsorship of the Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Department of History in 2018. The book brings together selected national and international scholars whose research engages with past and present Native communities across the Western Hemisphere. Indigenous people, who often occupy a marginal space in the scholarship on the history of the Americas, are the protagonists of this far-reaching revisionary work, in which pervasive myths of European domination and Indigenous submission receive an overdue corrective.

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 2:00 pm                                            
Flowers Hall 230 & Online via Zoom                                           
Advanced Registration

  • Gabriel Odom Published in Syria Studies Association

    Congratulations to Graduate Student, Gabriel Odom, who was published for the first time in an academic journal.  Gabriel's piece, “Studying the Syria Crisis of 1957” appeared in the Syrian Studies Association Bulletin. Vol. 27, No. 1. 2023


    Texas State's Student Organizations Offer Something for Every Bobcat

    With groups ranging from the Hispanic Student Association to the Quadball Club (aka Quidditch), TXST students have access to a wide range of activities that foster fun, friends, and personal development," and the latest issue of Hillviews magazine features student organizations devoted to Texas State’s rich history in country music as well as "diplomacy, negotiation, and the nuances of parliamentary procedure" among students involved in the Model Arab League. Both the Center for Texas Music History and the Model Arab League, as well as our own History Club (for majors) and Phi Alpha Theta (for advanced undergraduates and graduate students) are based in the History Department.


    Dr. Bishop Presents at “Ecole Normale Superieure d’Oran's First International Blended Conference”

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop presents "Teaching ‘US Foreign Policy’ Online During the 21st Century: Algeria as a Case Study" in the panel "Englishization of Algerian Higher Education," at the Ecole Normale Superieure d’Oran's First International Blended Conference on Integrating Content and Language/Blended Instruction in Algerian Higher Education: Paradigms, Issues & Perspectives, organized by the Department of English, under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.


    Dr. Bishop Presents at "The War and Its Effects" Conference

    The Russian assault on Ukraine has brought about the largest war of invasion and annihilation in Europe since the end of World War Two, leading to massive loss of human life and the destruction of communities, the natural environment, and cultural heritage sites, enacting multiple changes on all levels – in the region and globally. Dr. Elizabeth Bishop will be presenting "Questions of Egypt's Geopolitical Alignment" on Maria Silina's panel, "Industries, Cultural Diplomacy, and War"  at "The War and Its Effects" Conference


    Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez  Published in Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies

    Congratulations to Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez on his latest publication. His historiographic essay, “Indigenous Borderlands in Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin America,” appears in Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson. 


    Workers of all Colors Unite: Race and the Origins of American Socialism

    Workers of all colors unite flyer

    The History Department is pleased to feature Dr. Lorenzo Costaguta from the University of Bristol (UK) to discuss his book Workers of all Colors Unite: Race and the Origins of American Socialism.

    Sponsored by the Department of History, Department of Philosophy, and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. 

    Date/Time | Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 5:00 - 6:00             
    Location | TMH 101


     Reform, Revolution, and Opportunism: Debates in the Second International

    Dr. Alter will be part of a panel discussion on the Second International’s strengths, weaknesses, & legacy.

    This online event is on Thursday October 26 at 4 p.m. and sponsored by Haymarket Books. 

    Register with Eventbrite.


    German Texas Heritage Speakers Series Flyer

    German Texas Heritage Society Speaker Series - “Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Legacy of German 48ers Within Texas Agrarian Radicalism”

    Dr. Tom Alter will be giving a online talk for the German Texas Heritage Society on Tuesday October 24 at 7 p.m. T

    he talk is titled "Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Legacy of German 48ers Within Texas Agrarian Radicalism."

    Register at the German-Texan Heritage Society website.


    Pursuing a Public History of Entertainment at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

    Pursuing a Public History of Entertainment

    Today the Smithsonian Institution recognizes popular music as an important arena for research, collections, and exhibitions; but that was not always the case, and its methods for engaging audiences in the interpretation of music and entertainment’s complicated past in the U.S. remain unfinished and in flux. In this talk, music curator John Troutman will speak about his work as a public historian and lead curator of the National Museum of American History’s new permanent exhibition, Entertainment Nation. 

    Date/Time | Thursday, November 9th, 2023 | 12:30-2 PM                  
    Location | The Wittliff Collections.


    Upcoming Phi Alpha Theta Events

    Phi Alpha Theta Halloween Book Sale! | October 31 & November 1, 2023

    Halloween Book and Bake Sale

    Halloween Book and Bake Sale

    Phi Alpha Theta is hosting another Book Sale on October 31st and November 1st. Come buy a book and get some free Halloween candy!

    Books for $3 or two for $5 and Free Halloween Candy!

    Date | Tuesday, October 31 and November 1, 2023                    
    Time | 12:30 - 3:00 pm                    
    Location | The Quad

    PAT Halloween Costume Party and Taste of History Potluck

    PAT Costume Contest and Potluck

    Join Phi Alpha Theta for a Halloween Costume Party and Taste of History Potluck!  

    They will have prizes for the best costume and trick-or-treating for the kids! Bring the family, everyone is welcome.

    Date | Monday, October 30, 2023                   
    Time | 5:00 pm                 
    Location | TMH Courtyard 

     PAT Goes to the Movies! | House 

    PAT Movie Night; House

    Join us Wednesday, October 18th for a spooky screening of the Japanese horror film House, hosted by PAT President Amy Bushong!

    Date | Wednesday, October 18, 2023                  
    Time | 6:30 pm                 
    Location | TMH 101

     


    "Calls from Home" - film preview and discussion on documentary

    Calls From Home Event Flyer

    Stop by TMH 101 at 4:30p.m. on Fri., Oct. 13, to see Sylvia Ryerson (Yale University) preview her prize-winning documentary "Calls from Home," about rural prison expansion and resistance in Appalachia. A Q&A about documentary as Public History will follow.

    Friday, October 13 | 4:30 pm                   
    TMH 101


    Professor De la Puente's research featured on Peruvian national TV 

    de la Puente Book Cover

    Dr. de la Puente's research was recently featured on a popular History show on Peruvian national TV: "Sucedió en el Perú".  About half of the episode is based on Dr. de la Puente's 2018 book in its 2022 translation and an interview conducted back in May. 

     


    Center for Texas Music History Presents | Book Talk: Texas Jazz Singer

    Book Talk: Texas Jazz Singer

    The Center for Texas Music History is excited to welcome Texas State music professor Dr. Kevin Mooney to speak about his new book — Texas Jazz Singer: Louise Tobin and the Golden Age of Swing and Beyond. Based on extensive oral history interviews and archival research, this book highlights the experience of one of the most important, but often overlooked, female jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Through Tobin’s story, Mooney reveals the glamour and challenges experienced by musicians during the “golden age of swing.”

    Date/Time | Wednesday, October 18, 2023                      
    Location | Brazos Hall and Online via Zoom (registration required for Zoom


    PAT Goes to the Movies: Rules of the Game | Tuesday, October 3, 2023

    PAT Movie Night Flyer

    Phi Alpha Theta will host our first “PAT Goes to the Movies” event of the semester Tuesday night, October 3, from 6:30-9:00, TMH 101.  We are showing "Rules of the Games." Dr. Elizabeth Bishop will be presenting on this 1939 film, once thought lost and now fully restored. All are welcome, and we will have popcorn, chips, and drinks .

    Date/Time | Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 6:30 - 9:00 pm                             
    Location | TMH 101

    Everyone is welcome!


    Dr. Louis Porter Publishes New Book 

    Reds in Blue, Book Cover

    Please join us in celebrating the publication of Louis Porter’s book, Reds in Blue: UNESCO, World Governance, and the Soviet Internationalist Imagination, with Oxford University Press. Drawing on unused archival material in Russia and at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, it is the first study to highlight the importance of the UN and the idea of world governance in the history of Soviet internationalism.


    New Books Conversation Series

    Sachs, An Age to Work, Book Cover

    Dr. Miranda Sachs will be joined in conversation with Dr. Sarah Curtis (San Francisco State University) for a conversation about Dr. Sachs' recent book, An Age to Work: Working-Class Childhood in Third Republic France.  The discussion will take place over Zoom.  

    Thursday, October 12, 2023                             
    Online via Zoom 

    Registration Closed.  Contact Dr. Miranda Sacks to join the discussion. 


    Phi Alpha Theta Book and Bake Sale

    PAT Books and Bake Sale

    Phi Alpha Theta will hold their annual Book and Bake Sale, on September 26 and 27, 2023 from 12:30-3PM in The Quad. 

    We will be selling academic and popular books; $2 for cookie and book! 

    Please help support our History Honors Society. 


    Guest Speaker Dr. Katie Hemphill shares her research on the us of the anti-Mormon Edmond-Tucker Act in policing sex.

    Katie M. Hemphill Lecture

    Please join us on September 28, 2023 at 5:00 pm in Taylor Murphy 101 for a talk delivered by Dr. Katie M. Hemphill (University of Arizona) .

    This talk explores how federal authorities at the turn of the twentieth century enforced the Edmunds-Tucker Act to police sexual expression in U.S. territories. The Edmunds Tucker Act, passed in 1887, criminalized adultery, fornication, and incest at the federal level. Like the Morrill and Edmunds Acts upon which it built, it was widely understood as an anti-polygamy measure directed against Mormons in Utah. Soon enough, however, federal courts ruled that the law’s broad language made its provisions against extra-marital sexuality apply to all territories outside of the District of Columbia. The Edmunds-Tucker Act functioned at various points and in various political contexts as a means of punishing and controlling racial and ethnic minorities, preparing territorial residents for citizenship through their inculcation into “proper” marital relations and forms of sexual expression, and policing prostitution and immigration. The act proved to be a powerful tool for the expansion of federal authority, and as such deserves to be analyzed as a significant legal innovation in the history of intimate governance and the formation of the intimate state.

    Katie M. Hemphill is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Bawdy City: Commercial Sex and Regulation in Baltimore, 1790-1915. 


    Dr. Jessica Pliley Interviewed by New Republic

    Dr. Jessica Pliley was interviewed for a New Republic article about "abortion trafficking" and the Mann Act.


    Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) Conference comes to Texas State

    Texas After Violence Project Flyer

    The Texas Oral History Association Conference will run from noon to 7p.m on Fri., Sept. 8, and then from 8a.m. to 5p.m., on Sat., Sept. 9, 2023.

    Those interested in attending can register using Eventbrite. Fees range from $25 to $50. Students can use the promo code "TOHA23Stu" for a special discount.

    Events to include:

    • a workshop on automated interview transcription (1p.m. Fri.)
    • a wine and cheese mixer on Friday afternoon (6p.m. Fri.)
    • a keynote address from the Texas After Violence Project (noon Sat.)
    • a panel on oral history projects occurring across the University community (3:15 Sat.)                                   
       

    Dr. Rivaya-Martinez's latest work available open-access

    Dr. Rivaya-Martinez's latest Spanish-language essay, “El informe de campaña de Isampampi. Una fuente pictográfica comanche sobre la violencia interétnica en el septentrión novohispano a finales del siglo XVIII,” from the book Naciones entre fronteras. Hacia una historia de la violencia en la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos (siglos XVIII-XXI), edited by Marcela Terrazas y Basante and Cynthia Radding, 87-134 (Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2023) is now available in open access.


    Publication of Dr. Rivaya-Martinez's latest NBN interview

    Dr. Rivaya-Martinez recently interviewed author Yanna Yannakakis on her book Since Time Immemorial: Native Custom and Law in Colonial Mexico (Durham, NC: Duke University Press) for the New Books Network podcast.


    History Department Alumna Secures New Position for National Park Service 

    Isabel Gonzalez

    In May 2023, History Department alumna, Isabel Gonzalez, accepted a position as a National Park Ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (in Manteo, NC).  She has since had the opportunity to represent the National Park Service (NPS) at the LHIP (Latino Heritage Internship Program) Summer Workshop, as a guest speaker at various community events, and as an interpreter for Eastern National officials, including former NPS Director Vela. Isabel is now the lead ranger working the with final stages of development of an interpretive trail, and has been responsible for the creation and implementation of informal and formal programming, social media posts, and positive visitor experiences. 


    Dr. Bishop Publishes Book Chapter 

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop on the publication of "Black Panther Party: 'Intercommunalism' and Global Palestine" in Sorcha Thomson and ‎Pelle Valentin Olsen's Palestine in the World: International Solidarity with the Palestinian Liberation Movement (London: Bloomsbury, 2023).


    Texas Oral History Conference

    The Texas Oral History Association will host its twelfth annual conference September 8-9, 2023 in Taylor Murphy Courtyard, on the campus of Texas State in San Marcos.  More information on the conference can be found on the TOHA Conference website.


    Dr. Bishop Published in The Political Impact of African Military Leaders

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who has a new piece in Sabella Ogbobode Abidde and Felix Kumah-Abiwu’s edited volume, "Hero in Arab Maghreb and Mashreq," The Political Impact of African Military Leaders  Soldiers as Intellectuals, Nationalists, Pan-Africanists, and Statesmen (Berlin: Springer, 2023).


    Dr. Rivaya-Martínez  Publishes Book Chapter

    Congratulations to Joaquin Rivaya-Martínez whose latest book chapter, “El informe de campaña de Isampampi. Una fuente pictográfica comanche sobre la violencia interétnica en el septentrión novohispano a finales del siglo XVIII” has been published in Naciones entre fronteras. Hacia una historia de la violencia en la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos (siglos XVIII-XXI), edited by Marcela Terrazas y Basante and Cynthia Radding, 87-134. Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2023.


    Dr. Bishop Publishes In Edited Collection

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop who published an entry in an edited collection of primary sources entitled, “Wartime Schism in the Iraqi Communist Party: A Coded Letter to Moscow (1944),” in Russian -Arab Worlds: A Documentary History, ed. Eileen Kane, Masha Kirasirova, and Margaret Litvin. Oxford University Press, 2023: 188-193.