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Around the Courtyard | Spring 2023

New Public History Student Exhibit in Alkek Library
A Cross along the Road: A look at the practice of Roadside Memorials in Central Texas

A Cross Along the Road ExhibitHistory graduate student, Emma Beard, has been recently completed an exhibition that is now featured in the Alkek Library student gallery.  Emma's work focuses on the history, placement, and importance of roadside memorials. This exhibit includes a timeline showcasing roadside memorials in Central Texas over the centuries, and a map of various memorials found in the Central Texas region.  In addition to the exhibit in the library, her work is available through an online Story Map

Emma will be giving a presentation about her research on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 5:00 pm in Brazos Hall as part of a feature by the Center for the Study of the Southwest.  More information about the talk, as well as registration, can be found on the "A Cross Along the Road" event page. 

Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez Publishes New Book

Congratulations to Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez on the publication of his edited volume, Indigenous Borderlands: Native Agency, Resilience, and Power in the Americas (University of Oklahoma Press).

The edited collection is already available in print --even though its official release date is April 20, 2023. This excerpt from the introduction provides a succinct description of the book:

Covering a wide chronological and geographical span, from the sixteenth-century US South to twentieth-century Bolivia, this volume expands our knowledge in innovative ways, challenging conventional wisdom about what supposedly happened to native peoples across the Western Hemisphere after contact and pointing out alternative approaches and potential avenues for further research. Often drawing on previously untapped or underutilized primary sources, the contributors to this book manifest the incompleteness of imperial and state conquests; the resilience and relative success of indigenous communities decades or even centuries after they are commonly and wrongly thought to have been subordinated to nonnatives, made dependent on colonial forces, or even vanished; and the rhetorical creation of imagined borderlands through the discursive construction of indigenous “others.”

Anh Adams, COLA Outstanding Undergraduate Student

The Department of History is happy to share the wonderful news that our undergraduate major, Anh Adams, has won the award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in the College of Liberal Arts.

New History Endowment Established by the Brown Family

The History Department is delighted to share the wonderful news that Brian, Judy, and Ron Brown have created a new endowed fund to support history graduate students in their thesis development and completion.

The Brian, Judy, and Ron Brown Award will support students enrolled in the History Graduate Program, with preference given to students on the thesis track for travel – especially international travel or travel of 500 miles or more from San Marcos – or expenses to acquire additional resources for research work.

The Brown family provided additional immediate funds to ensure that we can begin offering this support to our thesis students as early as Fall 2023!

Dr. de la Puente, in his role as Director of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Helgeson, as chair, will work with the members of the Graduate Studies Committee to select award recipient(s) and administer the funds.

Please join us in thanking Judy, Ron, and Brian for their extraordinary generosity and thoughtfulness. Their support will be critical to the ongoing success of our graduate students.

"Imagining Tradition: Right-Wing Uses of History"

Thursday, 30 March 2023 | 11:00 AM
Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, GAR 4.100 and via Zoom

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia, Associate Professor of Digital History, will be presenting on his most recent book, Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History, in conversation with work from Dr. Jacob Doss and Dr. Jason Roberts. Registration required.

Dr. Valencia's Course In The News

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia's course was featured by the Recording Academy's Grammy Awards News. He was also interviewed by the New Zealand Herald and Glamour Magazine.

Telling Her-Stories in the Dark: Transgressing Fear, Race, and Place to Be Women in the American South

Telling Her Stories in the DarkDrawing on her current book research, Dr. Tammy Owens takes the audience “down south” across 400 miles of geographies of struggle that she cautiously remembers and speculates as home. Through the stories of three places, Dr. Owens contends that black girls and women have navigated some of the most contentious landscapes to save their own lives and those in their communities. 

Date/Time | Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:50
Location | LBJ Student Center Room 3-14.1


Congratulations to Texas State's Model Arab League

MAL Bilateral 2023The Model Arab League Chapter at Texas State University competed at the Bilateral Chamber regional competition in Houston, February 18-19, representing the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. Texas State delegates collaborated with other delegations, participated in debates, and wrote resolutions for the following councils: Political Affairs, Social Affairs, Economic Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, and the Joint Defense Council. Following two days of deliberations, Texas State University students received the following awards:

  • Outstanding Delegation Award for Algeria’s representation in the Council on Political Affairs awarded to President Gabriel Medina*,
  • Distinguished Delegation Award for Algeria’s representation in the Council on Palestinian Affairs Ministers awarded to Trinity Sutherland and Public Relations Officer Zayna Abdel-Rahim*,
  • Distinguished Delegation Award for Algeria’s representation in the Council on Social Affairs Ministers awarded to Patrick Rothstein,
  • Distinguished Delegation Award for the overall representation of Algeria awarded to Texas State University.

The Texas State University Model Arab League chapter thanks everyone that made this journey possible, including advisors Jesse Silva and Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, and those graciously funding our journey including the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and Inclusive Excellence.

Additional funding was also awarded by the Student Government S.T.A.R. Grant, Student Involvement, and the Robert Mooney Endowment fund.

Dr. José Carlos de la Puente Interviewed for Dossier on the Incas

Dr. José Carlos de la Puente was recently interviewed for a dossier on the Inca for L'Histoire: "incas: un empire à 3000 mètres d'altitude."

Wikipedia: "L'Histoire is a monthly mainstream French magazine dedicated to historical studies, recognized by peers as the most important historical popular magazine (as opposed to specific university journals or less scientific popular historical magazines)."

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Awarded Travel Scholarship to Becker Medical Library Archives & Rare Books Division

Washington University's Bernard Becker Medical Library awards two travel scholarships each year to encourage out-of-town researchers to use the Archives and Rare Books collections by defraying the costs associated with traveling to the library; Dr. Bishop's research acknowledges Washington University faculty contributions in the study and development of nuclear medicine. 

Making the Moody Center into Harry's House: Veronica Cantu

Veronica CantuJoin Veronica Cantu, Vice President of Marketing at the Moody Center, as she discusses her work and hosting Harry Styles’ recent Austin residency. She has over 18 years of multicultural marketing and strategic sales experience working with the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.

Monday, February 27, 2023 | 11:00 am
Flowers Hall 230
Limited Availability, Register Now


PAT Goes to the Movies: Dunkirk

PAT Movie Night, Dunkirk FlyerCome join Phi Alpha Theta’s History Honors Society as PAT Goes to the Movies to watch Christopher Nolan's 2017 film Dunkirk, starring Harry Styles. Afterwards we will have a discussion over celebrities representing historic moments and depictions of fascism. Pizza and other snacks will be provided. All are welcome; you don’t have to be a member of PAT.

Everyone is welcome!

Date/Time | Monday, February 27, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location | TMH 101

Jo Snider's Book In The News

History Department associate, Jo Snider, and her book, Claiming Sunday: The Story of a Texas Slave Community (TCU Press), recently made the news. The article in The Austin American Statesman highlights the origins of Jo’s book, and the making of her Texas History book club in San Marcos. There are some choice quotes from Jo, as well, in her signature style.  

The Crossroads Project: An Undertold Story

The Crossroads Project, Black History Month ExhibitThe Center for Diversity and Gender Studies and The Dunbar Heritage Association will celebrate Black History Month through an exhibit entitled, "The Crossroads Project: An Undertold Story." This will be on display on the 4th floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State.

Black History Month Exhibition
On display February 10 - February 28
Alkek Library, 4th Floor


Elizabeth Escobedo: From Zoot Suits to Coveralls to Puerto Rican WACS: Researching Latinas’ WWII History

Zoot Suits to CoverallsElizabeth Escobedo is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Denver. Her research specialization focuses on gender and race in the context of war, with specific emphasis on Latinas and World War II. Her award-winning first book, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), explores the ways in which the extraordinary historical moment of the Second World War provided Mexican American women with new means to exercise control over their lives in the home, workplace, and nation, despite continued workplace inequities and family and communal resistance to their broadening public presence. She is currently working on new book about Puerto Rican and Mexican American women in the World War II U.S. military. In recent years she has also worked with the Veterans Legacy Program (VLP), a curricular initiative funded by the National Cemetery Administration to support students in researching the lives and legacies of veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. The University of Denver VLP has resulted in close connections with local veteran organizations in Denver, in addition to creative research into the life histories of veterans from historically underrepresented groups.

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 11:00 am
Flowers Hall 230

Architects of Sound: Women of El Paso Punk | Presented by Tara Martin Lopez

Architects of SoundJoin Dr. Tara Martin López as she discusses how women in El Paso, Texas led and sustained the city's punk music scene during the borderlands movement in West Texas. From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, El Paso provided unique opportunities for fierce sonic expression and innovation, especially for the Chicanas who dominated the city's musical culture. These women, who are often unheralded in public memory, actively challenged the nativist politics and economic shifts of the decade through their music.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Brazos Hall Lobby and Online via Zoom
Registration Required for Zoom Attendance

New publicationn from Dr. José Carlos de la Puente

Dr. José Carlos de la Puente published a research note centered on a new document pertaining to the indigenous chronicler Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala.

Puente Luna, José Carlos de la. "Tales of Ancestry, Inheritance, and Possession: New Documentary Evidence on Felipe Guaman Poma De Ayala and the First General Land Inspection (1594)." The Americas 80, no. 1 (2023): 129-42.

Phi Alpha Theta Book 'n' Bake

PAT Book and Bake Sale PhotoPAT will be holding a two-day Book 'n' Bake sale to support PAT.

They will have different types of cookies, as well as a variety of history, fiction, and other books (scholarly and otherwise) for sale. All proceeds will go toward supporting the PAT History Honors Society and its activities. Please come out to support PAT!

Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2023
Located in the Quad outside of TMH

Public Engagement, Art, and Humanities for All with Dr. Michelle May-Curry

Michelle May-Curry Public History EventDr. Michelle May-Curry is a professor, photographer, and humanities consultant based in Washington, DC who serves as Project Director of the Humanities for All initiative at the National Humanities Alliance. She'll join us for a discussion on the importance of public scholarship, art, and social practice.

Tuesday April 11, 2023 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm
UAC 310


Cinderella Girls: Black Women Athletes and the Politics of (in)Visible Histories

Cinderella Girls Event ImageAmira Rose Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas-Austin where she specializes in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports, and politics. Recently named a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, she finishing up her first book, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow (UNC Press). Her work has appeared in scholarly journals including the Radical History Review and the Journal of African American History as well as popular outlets such as The Washington Post and Slate. Davis also provides sports commentary for NPR, ESPN, and BBC and serves on the advisory board of the Jackie Robinson Museum and the Arthur Ashe Legacy Foundation. Davis, the co-host of the Feminist sports podcast, Burn it All Down and the host of Season 3 of American Prodigies.

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 12:30 PM | Flowers Hall 230

Podcast Interview for the Herstory Project

Dr. Shannon Duffy participated in another episode of the "Herstory Project" podcast.  Season 2: Episode #42: What crimes were women accused of in the 17th and 18th Century? with Dr. Shannon Duffy

TX State Undergraduate Earns a Historical Marker for San Marcos from the Texas Historical Commission

Students Working on Historical markerTexas State undergraduate Ánh Adams, working in collaboration with the Council for Indigenous and Tejano Community, was granted a Historical Marker for the Katy addition, a historically Mexican American neighborhood in San Marcos. Out of 61 submissions, only 15 were selected by the Texas Historical Commission.

The Undertold Historical Marker “The Garza Family, the Mexican American Community and Urban Renewal” reveals the history of how urban renewal programs in the 1970s displaced thousands of Mexican American families for the purpose of constructing public parks and tourist attractions. While these locations are now essential to the San Marcos tourist economy, they exist because the city forced Mexican-Americans out of the land and homes they had thrived in for several decades.

PAT General Meeting and Officer Nominations | Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Phi Alpha Theta General Meeting PhotoPhi Alpha Theta History Honors Society will be holding our first general meeting of the semester to entertain nominations and self-nominations for officers for the 2023 year, and discuss ideas for possible events this semester. All are welcome! We will have pizza, sodas, chips, and water.

Everyone is welcome!

Date/Time | Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 5:00 pm
Location | Taylor Murphy Hall 101

History Club Movie Night | Red Tails

History Club Movie Night, Red TailsJoin Dr. Joshua Paddison and the Texas State History Club for a screening of the film, Red Tails.

Following the film, Dr. Paddison will hold a discussion with club members.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Date/Time | Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 7:00 pm
Location | TMH 101


Dr. Ruby Oram Published in The Journal of Urban History

Dr. Ruby Oram published a review essay on recent histories of education and urban inequality in The Journal of Urban History

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Awarded Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship

Lilly Library-Indiana University Libraries awarded Dr. Elizabeth Bishop an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship to research the papers of U.S. diplomat and art collector Burton Y. Berry (1901-1985). Berry served as Ambassador to Iraq (1952-1954); while his “Teenage Styles and Trends 1967–71: A Retrospect” drew little attention when it was privately printed in Switzerland (1972), this is now considered a pioneering work of street photography.

Dr. Ronald Johnson Receives Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to former History Professor, esteemed colleague, and TXST alum (BA, International Studies), Dr. Ronald Johnson who has been awarded the 2023 Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia Interviewed by Glamour UK and Madame Figaro

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia was interviewed by Glamour UK about fans' parasocial relationships online and Jenna Ortega, the star of Netflix's Wednesday. Dr. Valencia was also interviewed by the French magazine, Madame Figaro, about the role of popular musicians as social-political thinkers.

Dr. Frank de la Teja Published in Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Congratulations to Dr. Frank de la Teja whose latest article, “Women’s Lives in a Spanish-Texas Community: San Antonio de Béxar, 1718-1821,” was published in the January 2023 issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Understanding the Southern Prison Culture | Film Screening and Discussion/Q&A

Southern Prison Culture Event FlyerJoin Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, directory of the African American Studies Minor, for a screening the documentary "Southern Prison Culture" which uncovers the very real inhumane conditions within the walls of South Carolina's prison institutions. Filmmaker Jaquail Durham will show his film, and there will be a Q&A with him afterwards.

Free Pizza and Drinks provided.

Date/Time | Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5:00 pm
Location | Flowers Hall 230

Public History Internship Info Session

Public History Internship Talk FlyerAn Internship Information Session for public history graduate students hosted by Dr. Ruby Oram will take place on Friday, January 20th from 4:00-5:30pm in Taylor Murphy 105. Dr. Oram will answer questions regarding internship applications and requirements, or anything else students would like to know.  There will also be a panel of public history students discussing past internships and application tips.

Students should contact Dr. Ruby Oram for more information or to request a link to join the meeting via Zoom. 


Book in Translation

de la Puente Book CoverThe Spanish Translation of Dr. José Carlos de la Puente Luna's 2018 book has been published by the French Institute of Andean Studies under the title "EN LOS REINOS DE ESPAÑA: viajeros andinos, justicia y favor en la corte de los Austrias" (Travaux de L'IFEA; 370; 400pp.).  The book can be found online from the
Instituto Frances de Estuidos Andinos.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Frank de la Teja on his most recent article, “The Treason Case of Erasmo Seguín: A Story of Texas’s First War of Independence,” which appears in the current issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

    Congratulations to Dr. Louie Valencia on the media attention around his upcoming Honors course. In case you missed it, the course, Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture, has been covered by NPR's All Things Considered and in an extensive online interview, BBC, CNN, NBC News, The Guardian, The Times, The Today Show, Elle, Jezebel, GQ, Vanity Fair, NME, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg, The Texas Standard, Dazed, Teen VogueSeventeen, The Irish News, L’essentiel, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Grazia, Nylon, Complex, Hola!People, Digg, Bustle, Gay Times, Gay.IT, amongst hundreds of local and international media outlets—with more to come.

    The press coverage has been extremely positive. And Louie’s including it as a coda to a book that he’s finishing for UT Press on Harry Styles, celebrity and internet culture.

    Dr. Ruby Oram Interviewed by the Chicago Sun Times

    Dr. Ruby Oram was interviewed by the Chicago Sun Times about the significance of her nomination of Chicago Vocational School to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Dr. Ron Brown Given 2022 Mining History Association Rodman Paul Award

    During the 2022 Mining History Association Conference, Dr. Ron Brown's colleagues surprised him with the 2022 Rodman Paul Award. This signature award in the field is presented only when a worthy recipient has been nominated. The MHA recognized Dr. Brown for the excellence of his monograph, Hard-Rock Miners: The Intermountain West, 1860-1920, his co-authored book, No One Ailing Except a Physician: Medicine in the Mining West, 1848-1919, as well as his several articles and his founding role and continuing leadership in the MHA.

    Dr. Pliley featured in Texas Tribune article about Texas Abortion Restrictions

    Dr. Jessica Pliley was interviewed by Jaden Edison (TX State alumni) at the Texas Tribune about the relationship between abortion restriction in Texas and Safe Harbor laws.

    Dr. Bishop Awarded Fellowship at the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM)

    The "Maghreb" is the region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean. Dr. Elizabeth Bishop was honored by the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) and awarded a short-term research fellowship to take part in the Interdisciplinary Fellows Group V "Identities & Beliefs" at the Université de Tunis during March-June 2022.

    Based at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Project MECAM represents a collaboration of the Forum transregionale Studien, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, the Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES), University of Leipzig, and l'Université de Sfax.

    Margaret E. Menninger to give GSA Distinguished Lecture 2022 at the Free University of Berlin

    Dr. Margaret Menninger will be giving the GSA Distinguished Lecture, titled: Normality as a Serious Matter and True Joy, at the Free University of Berlin on July 6, 2022.  Those interested in attending must email to the BProgram by July 1, 2022. 

    Congratulations to History Faculty on Tenure and Promotion

    Congratulations to all of our candidates up for tenure and promotion to associate professor and full professor!

    • Sara Damiano, Carrie Ritter, and Louie Dean Valencia will all be tenured associate professors as of September 1, 2022.
    • Jessica Pliley, Ana Romo, and José Carlos de la Puente will all be full professors as of September 1, 2022.

    Dr. Tom Alter interviewed in Current about his new book

    Dr. Tom Alter was recently interviewed in Current's "Author's Corner" about his new book, Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas.

    MA Alum, Dr. Brian Brown, Successfully Defended Dissertation

    Our MA alum, now Dr. Brian Brown, successfully defended his dissertation at Rutgers University yesterday. The dissertation, "'With Misery by Honor': Social Class Interactions in the Public Markets of Oaxaca, Mexico, 1870-1970,” examines how market vendors organized to advance their interests and contest the power of municipal authority.

    Graduate Student Awarded Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to public history graduate student, Railey Tassin, who has been awarded a research fellowship from the Center for History and Culture at Lamar University in support of her thesis project, "Commemorating Spindletop."

    Boko Awards, Program Award Winners

    The Student Organizations Council's "May Newsletter" includes the good news that Texas State University's Model Arab League (MAL) team was recognized by SOC with the "Outside the Box" Boko Award. The Boko Awards Ceremony is held every year to honor those who make a commitment to leadership, service and excellence; this is not the first time MAL has been acknowledged at the all-University level (nominated for “Academic Organization of the Year” during 2017).

    Review Essay: "Political Activism and the Everyday in Cold War Japan"

    Dr. Peter Siegenthaler had the opportunity to review three recent books on radical politics in 1960s Japan in his latest article, "Political Activism and the Everyday in Cold War Japan," published in the History Workshop Journal.  He thanks members of the Swinney Writing Group for their comments on an early draft.

    Graduate Student Interviewed For Chilean Internship

    Congratulations to Master's Student, Steven Bradford, who recently completed a virtual internship with a Chilean University, Universidad Gabriela Mistral, where he served as an editing intern for the Chilean Journal of Medieval Studies. Steven was interviewed about his experience during the internship which was published in the Universidad Gabriela Mistral press.

    History Alumni Accepted into Graduate Programs

    Dawson Scriber, one of our undergraduate history majors who is graduating in May, will be entering the history graduate program at NYU in September.  He plans to study medieval history.

    In addition, a Public History alum of our MA program, Stephen F. Austin, has been accepted into the University of Idaho history doctoral program with funding. Stephen worked as a historian for the WA State Dept. of Transportation from 2015-2021 and most recently is a PI in cultural resource management and architectural history for a private firm.

    Dr. Coleman's New Book Wins Prize For Best Monograph

    Congratulations to Dr. Sara Coleman whose book, The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America has won the Western Association of Women Historians’ Francis Richardson Keller-Sierra prize for best monograph.

    Congratulations to undergraduate student, Kinsey Brooks, who has been selected for an internship built around research in graduate school with the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Center for Humanities Summer Research Opportunity Program. Undergrad students selected are introduced to graduate research and paired with a faculty member to develop potential research topics for future graduate study. 

    Dr. Anadelia Romo talks about her new book on the New Books Podcast

    Dr. Anadelia Romo's newest book, Selling Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Visual Culture in Salvador, Bahia, was recently showcased in an hour-long podcast on the New Books Network. Dr. Romo discusses her research on blackness and visual culture in Salvador, Brazil with Dr. Reighan Gillam.

    IU IAS Repository Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr. José Carlos de la Puente who has been named one of the 2022 Repository Research Fellows of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study.  He will be spending two weeks researching at the Lilly Library in Bloomington during the summer.

    History Graduate Student Happy Hour ImageGraduate Student Appreciation Week Celebration

    On Friday, April 8, the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. de la Puente, hosted a happy hour to celebrate our outstanding graduate students. Current students, alumni, and even at least one graduate student from another program in Liberal Arts joined in the celebration with Dr. de la Puente, Dr. Rivaya-Martinez, Dr. Alter, and Dr. Helgeson

    Dr. Tom Alter was interviewed by Texas Public Radio on the recent unionization drive by Starbucks workers as well as the efforts of the IWW to unionize the Alamo Drafthouse's South Lamar location in Austin.

    Announcing the publication of Dr. Margaret Menninger's latest book, A Serious Matter and True Joy: Philanthropy, the Arts, and the State in Leipzig (1750-1918) with Brill publishers. Also, the book will be available as part of Brill’s “My Book” program whereby a paperback copy can be purchased for $25 provided the user has access to the e-book via his/her/their institution.

    Monumental Crossroads Event ImageOn Tuesday, April 19, at 5:30pm, the Department of History, the Center for Texas Public History, and the Center for the Study of the Southwest are hosting a screening and discussion with the filmmaker of a new documentary film, Monumental Crossroads, on the political tensions over Confederate Monuments in the U.S. South. Director/Producer Tim van den Hoff will be visiting us from the Netherlands, and will join our faculty and students in a post-screening discussion. The screening and discussion will be held in Flowers Hall 341. The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, World Languages and Literatures, and the Center for International Studies.

    The History Department is co-sponsoring an event, "I Stand with Ukraine," hosted by Ludmila Krylova and facilitated by the Philosophy Dialogue Series, Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm, Comal 116 and on Zoom. 

    Advanced Registration Required

    Phi Alpha Theta's Spring Induction Banquet, will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the TMH Courtyard.  Dr. Corey Capers will be the Keynote Speaker. They will also be inducting our new members, and honoring PAT 2022 graduates. Cost is $25 a person, and includes 2 drink tickets for those over 21.

    At the OAH meeting in Boston last week, Dr Coleman's book, The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America, won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Theodore Saloutos Book Award for the best book on the immigration history of the United States.

    Dr. Justin Randolph has received a 2022 ACLS Fellowship! The fellowship will support his work on his book project, “Mississippi Law: The Long Crisis of Policing and Reform in America’s Black Countryside, 1890 to 1980.”  Information on the program can be found on the ACLS website.

    On March 24, Dr. Justin Randolph attended the inaugural John L. Nau Conference on Texas History at UTSA. The conference theme was "Racial Justice and Policing in Texas" and his remarks were titled "The Invasion of Texas: Mississippi Militiamen on the Southern Border and Circuits of Police Power."

    Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dedek on the publication of his latest book, The Women who Professionalized Interior Design, by Routledge.

    The College of Liberal Arts at Texas State Magazine, Human Inquiry, featured Dr. Ruby Oram's research on the Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls for Women's History Month.

    The National Park Service featured Dr. Ruby Oram's National Register application for the Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls for Women's History Month, one of three sites featured nationally.

    Congratulations to History Department student Ahn Adams who has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Summer Research Opportunity Program. This program allows undergraduates from across the country to work closely with faculty members to develop an original research project.

    The call for papers for the Phi Alpha Theta History Conference had been extended to Tue., March 22 at 5 PM. Presenters should submit a 250-500-word abstract and a brief (3-5 sentence) biographical abstract to our conference portal no later than Tue., March 22 at 5 PM. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by March 25. Full papers and virtual presentations will need to be submitted to the portal by Fri., April 8 at PM, for the judges and commentators to review them. Papers should be 8-10 pages and presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes. Visit the Conference Portal for more information.

    Congratulations to International Studies student, Rylie Taylor, who has won admission to the 1-year Master of Arts in Global Risk program at Johns Hopkins University, which includes a year of study in Italy.

    Congratulations to History Department MA program, Blake Gandy, who has accepted admission (with a generous funding package) to the PhD program in history at TCU. Blake won the 2020–2021 Graduate College Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis, “‘To Guard and to Keep’: Busing, Desegregation, and National Racial Politics in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1970s.” He is planning to continue his studies in the 20th-century history of urban politics.

    Texas State's College of Liberal Arts Magazine, Human Inquiry, featured research from Dr. Ruby Oram, on women's vocational education for Women's History Month.

    Center for Texas Music History Presents:

    On Monday, March 28th, author Alice Embree will give a book talk on her new memoir Voice Lessons from the University of Texas Press. The book recounts her life in Texas activism and beyond: on the front lines of civil rights, feminist, and antiwar activism in Austin in the 1960s and 1970s; as editor of the underground newspaper The Rag and contributor to Sisterhood Is Powerful; her experiences at Woodstock, during the 1968 Columbia University strike, and much more, Taylor Murphy Hall 101. 6:30 pm.

    Visit the CTMH Facebook page for more information.

    Texas State History Presents:

    Gender Identity and Professional AuthorityGender Identity and Professional Authority:
    The Case of AMA Latino Physicians

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. John Mckiernan-González

    Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.

    Email Dr. Jessica Pliley to join.

    Texas State History Presents:

    The DecoratorsThe Decorators:
    The Women Who Professionalized Interior Design

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. Peter Dedek

    Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.

    Email Dr. Jessica Pliley to join.

    Texas State History Presents:

    Mothers, Sons, and HIV/AidsMothers, Sons, and the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Europe

    A discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley and Dr. Louie Valencia

    Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 pm, Taylor Murphy 104 and Online via Zoom.

    History department lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Roethler, appeared on a podcast discussing the historical context for the current crisis in Ukraine.

    Congratulations to graduate student, Steven Bradford, who has been accepted into the University of California-Berkely History Ph.D. Pipeline Program. This ten-week program provides general information and personalized guidance for prospective History Ph.D. students from historically excluded and under-represented backgrounds.

    Congratulations to Dr. Deirdre Lannon on passing through the finalist stage, and being named an alternate, for the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, 2022-2023. This is an exceptional achievement, and even more so than usual as Fulbright indicated that they had fewer slots than usual for this particular award because the scholars awarded for the 2021-2022 cycle had to delay their participation due to COVID-19 and there were more new applicants than usual.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tom Alter on the publication of his book, Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas, with the University of Illinois Press.

    The week of February 21, 2022 is "Dialogue & Diplomacy" in the Philosophy Dialogue series.

    • Monday, February 21, 2022, 3:00 p.m.: The Abraham Accords: The Changing Diplomacy of the Middle East & North Africa Dustin Hampton (Philosophy Graduate Student)
    • Monday, February 21, 2022, 4:30 p.m.: Panel on Opportunities for Student Engagement and Dialogue
    • Texas State Ethics Bowl Team; Advisor, Vaughn Baltzly Model Arab League; Advisors, Elizabeth Bishop & Jesse Silva Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society); Advisors, Amelie Benedikt and Rebekah Ross International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC); Advisor, Carrie Crisp
    • Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: The Other Side of the Wall-A Palestinian Christian Perspective on Peace and Justice Special
    • Guest Speakers (Bethlehem Bible College): Daniel Bannoura (BBC & Notre Dame), Munther Isaac, and Jonathan Kuttab
    • Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3:30 p.m.: Democracy, Dialogue, and Cold War Elizabeth Bishop (History) (San Marcos Public Library)
    • Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: Challenges of Diplomacy Elizabeth Bishop (History)
    • Friday, February 25, 2022, 12:00 p.m.: Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society) Michelle Brown

    Congratulations to graduate student, Amber Leigh Hullum, who has been hired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Ambassador for the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage and Outreach program.

    The History Department would like to congratulate our MA student, Nance Heise, on her admission to the PhD program in Communications at Texas A&M!

    The History Department is happy to announce that Dr. Angela Murphy will be the next Ingram Family Endowed Professor in History. Dr. Ron Brown’s successful tenure as the Ingram Professor ends this semester, and in Fall 2022 he will be presenting research from his time as the Ingram Professor.

    Dr. Murphy will serve as Ingram Professor from 2022 to 2025, while working on a new book project, “Agitation for Abolition: Addressing the ‘Question of Caste’ in the Reconstruction Era United States,” which promises to provide an extraordinary view into the legacies of slavery and abolitionism in the United States after the Civil War.

    Congratulations to Dr. Justin Randolph recently shared work from his book project "Mississippi Law" with the University of Edinburgh's American History Workshop.

    Dr. Louis PoerterI will be a panelist the week of February 14th for an event hosted by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The event, "Missed Histories: Overlooked Stories in Russian Studies from the Overlooked," will feature Black scholars of Russia and Eurasia, focusing on their personal experiences in the field and their research. The event will take place via Zoom, Thursday, February 17, 12PM-1:30PM Central.

    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, April 23. Please visit the PAT website for more information.

    On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, The Texas State History Club will feature a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Bishop speaking on "Dancing to Make a Difference: The Role of Egyptian Dance in the Cold War." 7 pm on Zoom.  Email Dr. Paddison for a Zoom link.

    Congratulations to Public History graduate students Railey Tassin and Amber Leigh Hullum who have been approved by the Texas Historical Commission for an "undertold story" historical marker for the Manhattan Club. This will be Texas's first LGBTQ+ historical marker, and will be paid-in-full by the THC.

    Congratulations to Dr. John Mckiernan-González who will appear on Austin PBS on Blackademics Season 9 and is available to stream beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

    History Department Alumna, Amber Leigh Hullum, has become a semi-finalist for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Czech Republic for next school year. She will know by March is she becomes a finalist for this award.

    Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is hosting a virtual internship fair on March 3rd! TPWD offers paid ($13.50 an hour) summer internships for graduate students - these are a great opportunity for public history students interested in conservation and cultural resource management.  Advanced registration required.

    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop on the publication of her book chapter, "The Yugoslav Presidential Yacht Galeb, Tito, and Nasser," in From Iberia to China: Some Interactions of the Islamic World with the West and the East, Abdallah Abdel-Ati Al Naggar, Agnes Judit Szilagyi, and Zoltan Pranther, editors (Budapest, Hungary and Cairo, Egypt) (2022).

    Congratulations to Dr. Justin Randolph who published an opinion essay on the historical resonance of an anti-Critical Race Theory law and resistance in Mississippi. The piece appeared in The Washington Post's Made by History.

    As editor responsible for North Africa with the Digital Orientalist, Dr. Elizabeth Bishop's most recent blog post "Decolonize University-Based Databases," has been published on the Digital Orientalist website. 

    Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez's article, “Territorialidad y territorio entre los nómadas del norte de Nueva España y México. El caso comanche” has appeared in print in the journal Memorias de la Academia Mexicana de la Historia [60 (2021): 125-166].

    Dr. Rivaya-Martínez has passed along this summary:
    Nomads’ territoriality differs strikingly from our own, which has often been used to legitimize their dispossession. In this article I analyze the ways in which the once nomadic Comanches defined territorial boundaries, related to the land, and conceptualized land ownership. My sources include documentary, linguistic, ethnographic, and archaeological evidence, as well as personal interviews with contemporary Comanches.

    Congratulations to Dr. José Carlos de la Puente who has been elected to the board of directors of the Institute of Andean Studies, founded by archaeologist John H. Rowe at Berkeley in 1960. The IAS is the first scholarly society devoted to Andean studies in the U.S.

    Research by public history graduate students Amber Hullum and Railey Tassin on the Manhattan Club was added to the state history encyclopedia, the Handbook of Texas History. Hullum and Tassin uncovered the history of the Manhattan Club, Austin's earliest documented gay bar, in my local history seminar last spring.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ana Romo on the publication of her latest monograph, Selling Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Visual Culture in Salvador, Bahia (University of Texas Press).

    About the Book
    In the early twentieth century, Brazil shifted from a nation intent on whitening its population to one billing itself as a racial democracy. Anadelia Romo shows that this shift was centered in Salvador, Bahia, where throughout the 1950s, modernist artists and intellectuals forged critical alliances with Afro-Brazilian religious communities of Candomblé to promote their culture and their city.

    On January 20, from 3 to 4p.m. CT, Dr. Justin Randolph will participate in the Southern Historical Association's Junior Scholars Workshop. His chapter, "Moonlight and Militias: Paramilitary Police Power and the Dawn of Jim Crow in Mississippi," will receive feedback from commentators and the audience.

  • History Faculty Member, Dr. Justin Randolph Featured in the Fall 2022 Issue of Engaging Research

    Dr. Randolph won an esteemed American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. His work is featured in the University's own journal of scholarly accomplishments.

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop On American Institute for Maghrib Studies Board

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop has the pleasure to serve the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) as aboard member, and in this capacity she served as a member of the L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize committee. During the AIMS business meeting during the Middle East Studies Association's 2022 annual meeting, the L. Carl Brown prize was awarded to Dr. Ali Ahmida for his book Genocide in Libya: Shar, A Hidden Colonial History (Routledge, 2020).

    History Department REP Grant Awardees

    The Department of History is delighted to report that the we has three awardees of REP Grants for 2023! Congratulations to Jessica, José Carlos, and Justin on their successful applications!

    • Dr. Jessica Pliley: “Perpetual Banishment: Enforcement of U.S. Anti-Trafficking Law at the Border”
    • Dr. José Carlos de la Puente: “'An Object without History': Mapping and Digitizing Communal Archives in Modern Peru”
    • Dr. Justin Randolph: “The Thin Blue Color Line: Desegregation in American Law Enforcement from Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter”

    Dr. Margerison Published in French Historical Studies

    Congratulations to Dr. Ken Margerison on the publication of his latest article, "France's Great Indian Misadventure: France, India, and the American Revolution"  French Historical Studies (2022) 45 (4): 625–656.

    Dr. Tillman, 2022-2022 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor

    Congratulations to Dr. Ellen Tillman who as been selected as the recipient of the 2022-2023 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.  This award recognizes a faculty member who has had extraordinary success in mentoring graduate students. Congratulations to Dr. Tillman for her excellent work!  The Graduate College also acknowledges Dr. Tillman’s colleagues and former students, who submitted very thoughtfully written letters which described in detail the tremendous positive impact of Dr. Tillman’s mentorship on her students’ careers. 

    Dr. Pliley has a new essay in Global Labor Migration: New Directions

    Global Labor Migration BookDr. Pliley's essay, “Sex Trafficking in the Motor City: The Construction of an International Deportation Infrastructure in Detroit, USA, 1924-1944,” appear is in the new book Global Labor Migrations: New Directions, ed. Julie Greene, Heidi Gottfried, Joo-Cheong Tham, and Eileen Boris, 99-116 (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2022). 


    Western Society for French History

    Dr. Miranda Sachs attended the Western Society for French History conference in Victoria, BC. She presented as part of a roundtable on the Routledge Handbook on the History of Paris. She also chaired a panel on Gender and Education in France.

    PAT Goes to the Movies: “Gangs of New York”

    PAT at the Movies | Gangs of New YorkJoin Phi Alpha Theta for a screening of the 2002 Martin Scorsese film, Gangs of New York, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz. Based on Herbert Asbury’s 1927 book, the film depicts the violent conflicts between Irish and Nativist gangs in New York City during the Antebellum and Civil War years. Dr. Angela Murphy, who writes on topics concerning 19th century slavery, race, nativism, and immigration will give a brief introduction to the film and answer questions after the viewing.

    Commentary by Dr. Angela Murphy
    Chips and Soda provided; Social event to follow

    Friday, November 18, 2022 | 3:00 - 6:00 pm
    TMH 101

    Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs awards research grant

    Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs recently awarded Dr. Elizabeth Bishop a modest grant to carry out research at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; this is the second time she have been so honored. 

    Texas State Historians and Graduate Alumni Present at the International Historians of Mexico Conference

    This international conference is held every three years and is in Austin this year. Participants will include historians Tom Alter, Sarah Coleman, John McKiernan Gonzalez, Paul Hart, and Jeff Helgeson, as well as TXST art historian Ana Martinez, as well as History and International Studies graduate alumni Laura Vazquez Arreguin and Brian Brown. Tom Alter is performing double duty as current faculty and alum of the MA program. The two panels will highlight for an international audience recent works by TXST historians, as well as the work of graduate alumni.

    Dr. Louie Valencia Interviewed in The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal

    Dr. Louie Dean Valencia was interviewed in The Los Angeles Times on how young gender-nonconforming fans celebrate the freedom to be themselves at Harry Styles Concerts. He was also featured in a The Wall Street Journal on the economics of attending Styles' concerts by young people.

    Putting Freddy Fender in the Country Music Hall of Fame with Veronique Medrano

    Freddy Fender in Country Music Hall of FameRecording artist and archivist Veronique Medrano speaks on her campaign to get Freddy Fender in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fender, born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, Texas, was among the first tejano artists to reach the top of the country charts in the 1970s. Medrano's campaign is about much more than just getting him his due, however, as it also promotes an overdue conversation on the long and significant Mexican American presence in and influence on the genre of country music.

    Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 3:30 pm
    Brazos Hall

    Dr. Caroline Ritter on the Texas Standard

    On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Dr. Caroline Ritter was interviewed once again on the Texas Standard on KUT (Austin's NPR station). She described the recent political upheaval in the United Kingdom and discussed the economic crises the new Prime Minister must confront during his first weeks in office.

    Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez's Podcast Interviews with Scholar Authors

    For the last few months, Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez has been conducting interviews with scholar authors about their books for the platforms New Books Network and New Book Networks En Español.

    Abortion Rights: Where Are We Going?  Where Have We Been?

    Abortion Rights: Where Are We Going?  Where Have We Been?Drs. Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (English), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (English), and Jessica Pliley (History) will discuss reproductive rights in post-Roe America. The conversation will be moderated by graduate student Abagail Milam (San Marcos Abortion Activists).

    The event is part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 11:00 am
    Comal 116

    TXST Newsroom: For undergraduate researchers, working with faculty can be rewarding, life changing

    The TXST Newsroom published an article on undergraduate research that featured History Department Senior Áhn Adams and Dr. Jessica Pliley.

    Harold McMillan on Preserving East Austin's Blues and Jazz History

    Harold McMillan, Presserving E. Austin's Blues and JazzOn November 15th at 5:00 pm in TMH 101, musician, advocate, and archivist Harold McMillan will discuss his decades-long work in preserving the blues and jazz history of East Austin. Through DiverseArts, the East Austin Creative Coalition, and the venue Kenny Dorham's Backyard, McMillan engages in what he calls "active cultural preservation"—celebrating traditional African American expressive culture by strategically developing programmatic and organizational structures intent on keeping these forms alive in contemporary practice.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    5:00 PM | Taylor Murphy 101

    For questions or more information contact Dr. Jason Mellard.

    Bevis M. Griffin: Texas Black Rock Maverick in Conversation with Kahron Spearman

    Bevis M. GriffinOn November 29th at 5:00 in TMH 101, musician Bevis M. Griffin will be in conversation with journalist Kahron Spearman about his career in Texas Music. From Los Angeles by way of Wichita Falls, Griffin entered the Austin music scene in the 1970s as a charismatic frontman during the glam rock era. With his band Banzai Kik, Griffin then took the New York scene of the 80s by storm, both musically and as an advocate in the Black Rock Coalition alongside members of Living Colour and writer Greg Tate. He then returned to Austin, where he has remained a fixture of the music scene. Conversant Kahron Spearman is a chronicler of the East Austin history whose work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Highways and as host of Discovery with Kahron Spearman on KAZI.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    5:00 PM | Taylor Murphy 101

    For questions or more information contact Dr. Jason Mellard.

    Troublesome Women: A History of Witches

    History of Witches EventJoin Dr. Jessica Pliley, Professor of Genders and Sexualities, as she continues her annual tradition of teaching the history of witches!  She will discuss the campaign against witches as we prepare for Halloween celebrations.

    Thursday, October 27, 2022
    6:30 PM
    Laurel Hall Lobby

    Event is open to all!

    Halloween Costume Contest and Potluck

    PAT Halloween Costume ContestPlease join PAT for a Halloween potluck in the TMH Courtyard

    Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Taylor Murphy Hall Courtyard

    Faculty, alumni, students, and families welcome. You don't need to be a PAT member to join.

    Bring a dish or dessert, soft drinks provided.  There will also be a costume contest with prizes!

    History Department at Bobcat Day

    2022 Bobcat Day EventHistory Department Professors Glass, Tillman, and Duffy enjoyed meeting prospective history students at Bobcat Day held on Friday, October 15, 2022. 

    Bobcat Day invites potential students to see what makes Texas State so special.  Future Bobcats get an opportunity to visit campus, get information about program, financial aid, and more, and to meet with Texas State faculty, staff, and students.  Bobcat Days are held twice a semester and volunteers are always welcome! 

    Notes from the Field: Digital Humanities at #DOT2022

    The Digital Orientalist shared Dr. Elizabeth Bishop's "Notes from the Field: Digital Humanities at #DOT2022." This is an interview with Beatrice Gründler and Alberto Cantera Glera who recently organized this multi-day workshop in Berlin.

    Student Teacher Receives Scholarship

    Henning Wins ScholarshipCongratulations to History Department undergraduate student and current student teacher, Samantha Henning!  Samantha was recently awarded the New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association scholarship for $1,000 in recognition of her dedicated to teaching.



    Washington Post Article mentions Dr. Angela Murphy's work on the Jerry Rescue

    October 1 was the anniversary of a the rescue of a fugitive from slavery arrested in Syracuse in 1851 under the terms of the newly passed Fugitive Slave Law.  The Washington Post recognized this anniversary in an article and included commentary from Dr. Murphy, who wrote a book on the rescue. Gillian Brocknell’s Washington Post piece quotes Dr. Murphy and draws upon her book The Jerry Rescue. Brocknell turns to the history of “Jerry Rescue Day” to explore the significance of multiracial vigilance committees that resisted enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1851.

    Oral Histories, Community Storytelling, and the Legacy of DJ Screw
    Lance Scott Walker and DaLyah Jones

    Oral History, Community Storytelling, and the Legacy of DJ ScrewThursday, October 6, 2022 | 3:30 PM | FH 341

    Oral Histories, Community Storytelling, and the Legacy of DJ ScrewWriters Lance Scott Walker and DaYlah Jones in conversation about amplifying voices of local history in Houston and East Texas, including Walker's new biography of DJ Screw.

    Please contact Dr. Jason Mellard for any questions.


    “A Serious Matter and True Joy,” a book conversation with Margaret E. Menninger and George Williamson

    A Serious Matter and True Joy, Book coverThursday, October 13, 2022 | 5:30 pm | Online via Zoom

    Margaret E. Menninger discusses her recently published book with George Williamson (Department of History, Florida State University). This event will take place on Zoom and is open to the public. 

    Advanced Registration Required

    Please contact Dr. Margaret Menninger with any questions.

    The University strives to create new knowledge

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop recently returned from the 34th Deutsche Orientalistentag (DOT), which took place from 12th to 17th September 2022 at the Freie Universität Berlin (Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin).  During the meeting, Dr. Bishop presented her contributions to Interdisciplinary Fellows Group V "Identities and Beliefs," the Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM).

    History Club | What Disney Gets Wrong About History

    Join the History Club for film clips, discussion, and snacks!
    Wednesday, September. 28, 2022 | 7:00 -8:00 pm | Taylor Murphy room 104.

    All are welcome to join.

    From TXST to NPR: Conversations with Executive Producer Erika Aguilar

    TXST to NPR  event flyer Join TXST alum Erika Aguilar (History/Journalism, ‘07) as she discusses her journey and experiences leading NPR’s national morning news on Morning Edition and Up First.

    Thursday, October 6, 2022 | Reception at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Murphy Courtyard.  Keynote presentation and Q&A at 7:00 pm in the Alkek Library Teaching Theater.

    Friday, October 7, 2022 | Student Breakfast at 10:00 am in the Honors College Coffee Forum in Lampassas.  TV and Radio News Panel from 1:45 - 3:00 pm in Old Main 230.

    Remembering Slocum: A Conversation with E.R. Bills & Constance Hollie-Jawaid

    Remembering Slocum Event FlyerThe African American Studies Minor is pleased to host E.R. Bills and Constance Hollie-Jawaid for a discussion on the 1910 Slocum Massacre.  The inaugural African American Studies Minor, Remembering Slocum Scholarship recipient for the Fall 2022 semester will also be announced after the program.

    Constance Hollie-Jawaid
    , descendant of victims of the Slocum Massacre and the face and force behind the successful, history-making Slocum Massacre Historical Marker effort.

    Texas State Alum, ER Bills, author of the award-winning book, The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East Texas.

    Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 11:00 am | Flowers Hall 230

    Contact Dr. Dwonna Goldstone for details.

    A Study in Contrasts: The Past Half Century at Texas State

    Ingram Talk Event SliderThe Ingram Professorship, which provides release time and monetary support for a senior faculty member to pursue his or her research agenda, was established by Callie Ingram and family to recognize a faculty member’s scholarly contribution to the discipline of history and to further the study of history at Texas State.

    Dr. Brown, the preeminent expert on the history of Texas State University, has used the resources provided by the professorship to complete, research and publish a contemporary institutional history of Texas State University.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
    Flowers Hall 230

    More Information and Preregistration

    Public History Jobs in the Federal Government

    Public History in the Federal GovermentDr. Sanders Marble, Senior Historian of the US Army Medical Department, will give a brief talk followed by Q&A for graduate students about public and academic history work with the federal government. With a PhD from King's College London, Dr. Marble has also worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as a historian for the USAF, among other positions, worked on many public history projects and service, and has published and edited multiple works in public and military history.

    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    ELA 225 | 5:00-6:30 pm

    Dr. Sarah Coleman | Policy Lessons from the Past

    Coleman, Policy Lessons from the PastDr Coleman will speak in at the LBJ School of Public Affairs' Washington Center in a special series titled “Policy Lessons from the Past." The series highlights four Texas-based policy experts will discuss how our shared history impacts today's political environment. Dr. Coleman will speak on immigration policy and her recent book, "The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America."

    Talks will be held during the Fall 2022 semester.
    Dr. Coleman's talk will be on Thursday, October 6th.

    Dr. Valencia Interviewed by The Austin Chronicle

    Dr. Louie Dean Valencia was interviewed by The Austin Chronicle on his forthcoming Honors course, Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity, and the upcoming residency of the musician in Austin.

    Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez Publishes New Book Chapter

    Congratulations to Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez on his latest book chapter "Trespassers in the Land of Plenty: Comanche Raiding across the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1846-1853," which has been published in These Ragged Edges: Histories of Violence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, edited by Andrew Torget and Gerardo Gurza Lavalle, 48-73. Chapel Hill: North Carolina University Press, 2022.

    Spun Full CircleSpun Full Circle: Contemplating the Rise of Vinyl in a Digital World

    The warm crackle or the purest sound? A lucrative investment or a passing fad? Join as local record store owner Walter Thorington explores the past and future of the oldest recording medium. Reception to follow.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022
    TMH 101 | 5:00 pm

    Graduate Degree Workshop What Can You Do with a History Degree?

    Join History alums in journalism, state government, library archives, and conservation to learn about the wide range of careers available to History majors. The event is open to all. History majors considering their next steps and students thinking about majoring in History are especially welcome to attend! Snacks will be served. 

    Thursday, September 29, 2022
    Swinney Conference Room (TMH 105) | 2:00 pm

    HACU Internship Program Presentation

    The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies and Career Services is hosting an internship program presentation for the Hispanic Association of College and universities.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a "brown-bag lunch" and join them for light snacks, and learn more about paid federal and corporate internships.  Internships provide real world experience and are available in major U.S. cities and remotely. 

    The presentation will be held on September 13, 2022 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the LBJ Student Center room 3-14.1 and on Zoom.

    Form more information contact the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies | 512.245.2361 or Career Services | 512.245.2645

    Caroline Ritter's book, Imperial Encore, shortlisted for 2022 Stansky Book Prize

    Dr. Caroline Ritter's monograph, Imperial Encore: The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire (University of California Press), has been named as one of four works shortlisted for the 2022 Stansky Book Prize. The prize is awarded each year by the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) to the best book in British Studies for the period since 1800.

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop appointed Visiting Research Affiliate at UT Austin

    Dr. Elizabeth Bishop has been appointed as a "Visiting Research Affiliate" at the Institute for Historical Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin for AY 2022/2023, in support of her research "Union Générale des Etudiants Musulmans Algériens in the Cold War."

    Dr. Christian L. Bolden: Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison and Redemption

    The Department of History is sponsoring this talk by Dr. Christian L. Bolden on Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:00, Flowers Hall 230. Dr. Bolden, who is being hosted by the Department of Sociology, is a winner of the TXST College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award and the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor in Criminology and Justice at Loyola University New Orleans. He will be discussing his book, Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption, which received the 2020 Frank Tannenbaum Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division of Convict Criminology.

    Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories (Routledge)

    Dr. Paul Hart will be giving an invited talk at the Department of History and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah this Thursday 9/1/2022. Dr. Hart's talk will be on: “Selective Memory and Managed Meaning: Emiliano Zapata and Revolutionary Mexico in the Popular Imagination.”

    Dr. Paul Hart Speaking at the University of Utah's Center for Latin American Studies

    Dr. Paul Hart will be giving an invited talk at the Department of History and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah on Thursday I called: “Selective Memory and Managed Meaning: Emiliano Zapata and Revolutionary Mexico in the Popular Imagination.”

    We're Hiring!

    The Texas State History Department is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

    Interested applicants should apply via the links above.