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Around the Courtyard | Fall 2023
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Professor De la Puente's research featured on Peruvian national TV
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
History Alumni Publishes First Book
Next spring, history alumni, James Bernsen, will have his first book published. The book, The Lost War for Texas: Mexican Rebels, American Burrites, and the Texas Revolution of 1811 (Texas A&M University Press) is the story of the 1812 Gutierrez-Magee Expedition, the largest filibuster in Texas history, and the broader story of the Mexican Revolution from Spain as it was fought in Texas. The book demonstrates for the first time the close connection between the filibuster and the 1806 Aaron Burr Conspiracy. It also shows the many connections between the failed revolution of 1811-13 and the later settlement and revolution in Texas in the 1820s and 1830s.
Congratulations to Texas State's Model Arab League
The Model Arab League Chapter at Texas State University competed at the National University competition in Washington DC, hosted by the George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs (21-24 March 2023), 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, the Joint Defense Council, the Arab Heads of State Council, and the Arab Court of Justice. Following two days of deliberations, a Texas State University student received the following award:
Representing the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria on the Arab Heads of State Council, President Gabriel Medina received “Outstanding Delegate."
The Texas State University Model Arab League chapter thanks everyone that made this journey possible, including advisors Dr. Jesse Silva and Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, as well as those graciously funding our journey including the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and Inclusive Excellence.
Students' "For Example" Podcast Addresses Iraqi Kurds and the Cold War
Texas State History Department graduate students released the fourth episode of their new "For Example" podcast series, featuring Brent Holcomb's interview with Dr. Hawraman Ali of the University of Manchester. Humanities Texas awarded Alkek One a minigrant for this series of podcasts.
Dr. Romo's new book Selling Black Brazil recommended in the New York Times
Dr. Romo's new book, Selling Black Brazil has been recommended by the New York Times for visitors of Salvador, Brazil who want to see "behind closed doors." Esteemed Brazilian novelist Itamar Vieira Junior notes that it demolishes the myth of racial democracy and shows the limits of Brazil's racial regime.
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Published in Russian-Arab Worlds
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop's "Wartime Schism in the Iraqi Communist Party: A Coded Letter to Moscow (1944)" was published in Eileen Kane, Masha Kirasirova, and Margaret Litvin's sourcebook, Russian-Arab Worlds: A Documentary History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023) recently. Dr. Bishop identified this historical document of Iraq's political opposition among records groups of the Russian State Archive of Social Political History with support from a Texas State Research Enhancement Program grant (2008).
Students' "For Example" Podcast Addresses Nuclear Ethics
Texas State History Department graduate students released the third episode of their new "For Example" podcast series, featuring Aaron Holland and Gilberto Gonzalez's interview with Dr. Thomas Earl Doyle II in Texas State's Department of Political Science. Humanities Texas awarded Alkek One a minigrant for this series of podcasts.
Republic of Mexico and Mexican Cultural Center invites former Texas State Lecturer in History to speak
Dr. Michael Miller has been invited to speak on Mexican Culture in the World War Two era. He is the author of Red, White, And Green: The Maturing of Mexicanidad, 1940-1946.( Texas Western Press, UT El Paso). The event will take place on July 27th at 5pm at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, 643 East Nueva, San Antonio, Tx.
Dr Miller has also recently published a novel The Two Deaths of Father Romero, A Mystery of the Borderlands( Tejas Press, 2022 )
Publication of Dr. Bishop's article “'Come and Land in Algiers': Events of 22 October 1956 in International Law"
Congratulations to Dr. Bishop whose "'Come and Land in Algiers': Events of 22 October 1956 in International Law” was recently published by El-Naciryia, for social and historical studies is an internationally indexed scientific journal published at Mascara University (vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 12-41). This research enjoyed support from a Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship (administered by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation), the Merian Centre For Advanced Studies in the Maghreb, and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the History Department.
Dr. Margaret Menninger Promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Menninger who has been promoted to full professor!
Dr. Sachs Publishes New Book
Congratulations to Dr. Sachs whose new book, An Age to Work: Working-Class Childhood in Third Republic Paris, has been published with Oxford University Press.
Dr. Damiano Wins Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Daminao whose book, To Her Credit: Women, Finance, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century New England Cities, won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize for 2021.
From the award committee:
Damiano’s book explores the gendered politics of credit and legal practices in eighteenth-century New England. Damiano’s work engages and revises such established academic modes of analysis as the public and private divide, and at its core the very notion of the household. She demonstrates that, in eighteenth-century British America, the household was a “public, heterosocial space” and, likewise, that the public space did not stop at the threshold of the household. In doing so, she challenges our understanding of the development of capitalism by centering the transformative role that women played in the economic development of cities such as Boston and Newport and the British Atlantic world more generally.
The work is rigorously researched, conceptually generative, and carefully thought-through with laser-sharp analysis. The author’s close reading of the sources allowed her to offer a vibrant and accessible narrative which conveys complex and sophisticated ideas that capture the reader. The book, which recasts the debates on patriarchy and the role of women in colonial economic spaces, will influence scholarly debates beyond its field’s boundaries.
Publication of Dr. Rivaya-Martinez's article “The Unsteady Comanchería"
Congratulations to Dr. Rivaya-Martinez who was recently published by the William and Mary Quarterly. "The Unsteady Comanchería: A Reexamination of Power in the Indigenous Borderlands of the Eighteenth-Century Greater Southwest.” The William and Mary Quarterly [joint issue with the Hispanic American Historical Review] 80, 2 (April 2023): 251-286.
Students launch new podcast featuring perspectives on the US-Soviet Union Cold War
“For Example” is TXST’s newest public history project led by a team of graduate students from the History and Political Science departments and made in Alkek One. The second episode’s featured interviewee is Dr. Louie Valencia, interviewed by graduate student Luiz Francisco Guizzo Gutierrez Osorio; the program aired Saturday, May 20 on Spotify and YouTube. “For Example” is funded by a Humanities Texas mini grant.
Miranda Sachs Publishes New Book
Congratulations to Miranda Sachs on the publication of her new book, An Age to Work: Working-Class Childhood in Third Republic Paris now available from Oxford University Press.
In the final decades of the nineteenth century, the French Third Republic attempted to carve out childhood as a distinct legal and social category. Previously, working-class girls and boys had labored and trained alongside adults. Concerned about future citizens, lawmakers expanded access to education, regulated child labor, and developed child welfare programs. They directed working-class youths to age-segregated spaces, such as vocational schools or juvenile prisons.
Dr. Romo presented her new book, Selling Black Brazil, to Oxford University.
Congratulations to Dr. Ana Romo who presented her new book, Selling Black Brazil, to Oxford University's Latin American Centre History Seminar Series this May.
Dr Bishop Publishes Chapter in Socialist Internationalism
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who recently contributed "The Great Industrial Project: Space, Sovereignty, and Production Cultures at Egypt's Aswan High Dam," to Kristin Roth-Ey's edited volume, Socialist Internationalism and the Gritty Politics of the Particular; Second-Third World Spaces in the Cold War. Dr Roth-Ey (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London) contributes to ongoing collaboration between the Universities of Belgrade, Columbia, Exeter, Leipzig, Oxford, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and University College London, which was awarded a major U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant (2014-18) to address the relationship between decolonization and the global influence of socialism.
Dr. Jessica Pliley featured in a BBC Reel about famous DC madam Mary Ann Hall.
Dr. Pliley was interviewed by the BBC for a story about a famous nineteenth century madam who amassed so much wealth that she is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.
History Staff Members Honored for Years of Service
Congratulations to History Department staff members, Roberta Ruiz and Adam Clark who were recently honored for their years of service to Texas State University!
Roberta has been at Texas State for 25 years, working for multiple departments during her tenure, while Adam has been with History, Anthropology, and the CSSW for over 10 years. The department is grateful to both of them for the work they do in supporting our students, faculty, and the department overall.
Students launch new podcast featuring perspectives on the US-Soviet Union Cold War
“For Example” is TXST’s newest public history project led by a team of graduate students from the History and Political Science departments and made in Alkek One. The first episode’s featured interviewee is Dr. Jason Mellard, interviewed by graduate student Amy Bushong; the program aired Saturday, April 22 on Spotify and YouTube. “For Example” is funded by a Humanities Texas mini grant.
New Article from Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez
Congratulations to Joaquin on his latest article, “The Unsteady Comanchería: A Reexamination of Power in the Indigenous Borderlands of the Eighteenth-Century Greater Southwest,” which has been published in The William and Mary Quarterly (full citation below).
Rivaya-Martínez, Joaquín. "The Unsteady Comanchería: A Reexamination of Power in the Indigenous Borderlands of the Eighteenth-Century Greater Southwest." The William and Mary Quarterly 80, no. 2 (April 2023): 533-68.
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Presents at Nuclear Issues in the Middle East and North Africa Conference
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who recently presented at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Middle East studies' "Nuclear Issues in the Middle East and North Africa" conference. Dr. Bishop presented a research report titled "'Atoms for Peace' in Hashemite Iraq (1953-1958)."
During her talk, Dr. Bishop was quoted by the University of Pennsylvania on Twitter saying, "The Hashemite monarchy had an ability to run the defenses by push button without regard to the military that they did not trust and without regard to sentiments like nationalism or loyalty.
Dr. Dwonna Goldstone Black Student Alliance Faculty Member of the Year
The History Department is delighted to share that the Black Student Alliance has honored Dr. Dwonna Goldstone for her outstanding service to our students, by naming her the Faculty Member of the Year for 2022-2023. Congratulations to Dwonna on this accomplishment!
Dr. Tom Alter Interviewed About New Book
Dr. Alter was recently interviewed in Jacobin about his book Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas.
Phi Alpha Theta Conference Prize Winners
Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Zeta, of Texas State University, would like thank all of our participants to our 2023 student research conference, this past Saturday, April 22, 2023. We are pleased to announce our paper prize winners.
First Place: Madeline Wheeler, Undergraduate Student at Stephen F. Austin State University | "Brotherhood in the Pinewoods: John Henry Kirby and the Fight Against Lumber Unification"
Second Place: Isaiah Horne, Graduate Student at Baylor University | "The Right to be Wrong: How White Texas Protestants Defended Segregated Education"
Third Place: Ezekiel John-Alfred Spears, Undergraduate Student at Texas State University | "Punic Politics: The Rise and Fall of Hannibal Barca"
Fourth Place: Cynthia Ann "Aashi" Morales, Graduate Student at Texas State University | "When Words are not Enough: Texas' Good Neighbor Policy, Caucasian Race-Equal Privileges Resolution, and the Limits of Texas Gubernational Power in World War II"
Fifth Place: Jamie Sackett, Undergraduate Student at Texas State University | "Caesar's Atrocities: The Gallic Price for Immortality"
Thanks to all for participating!
History Department Celebrations
This History Department would like to thank everyone who made Public History Day, the History Awards Ceremony, and the Phi Alpha Theta Banquet and Conference such successes. Each event brought creativity and community to a full couple of days here in the department.
The combined energy of alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and community members made these days truly memorable.
Dr. De la Puente Named Book Review Editor of Histórica journal
Congratulations to Dr. De la Puente who has accepted the position of Book Review Editor for Histórica. Founded in 1977, Histórica is the premiere History journal published in Peru.
Dr. Joseph Yick Published in the American Journal of Chinese Studies
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Yick on the publication of his latest article, “Special Elite Chinese Collaboration and Japanese Cooperation in Occupied Canton, 1938-1945,” American Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1 (April 2023): 17-41.
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Publishes Book Chapter
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who had a book chapter, “Gertrude Bell, femme impériale,” in Political and Sartorial Styles: Britain and Its Colonies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Kevin Morrison, ed. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023).
Phi Alpha Theta 11th Annual Student History Conference
Phi Alpha Theta, Texas State’s History honors society, invites you to our 11th Annual Student Research Conference, Saturday, April 22, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM, in the Taylor Murphy Hall building on Texas State’s campus. We will have undergraduate and graduate presenters from Texas State and neighboring universities. Conference registration is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch, and can be paid via venmo. Come support our student presenters!
Charles III and the Future of the British Monarchy
The death of Elizabeth II was always going to leave the British monarchy at a crossroads: how much of the enduring interest in, and relevance of, the institution was through her long and unblemished reign? Could a Commonwealth at a time of growing decolonisation wish to remain intact, and thirteen of its members retain the British monarch as their head of state? How could Britain’s place in the world withstand the loss of the greatest soft power asset the country has ever had? Not to mention her own United Kingdom rendered increasingly disunited, which her passing in her beloved Scotland served only to emphasise. Her son and heir, Charles III, is as well-prepared as any monarch in history, but no other monarch has had to contend with their youngest son leaving the family, making his home in the United States, and serve to criticise the institution, in ways which some have found disloyal and disrespectful, and others open, and enlightened. As the focal point of the Coronation on 6 May approaches, this talk and discussion will consider the continuance of a necessarily undemocratic institution in an age of democracy.
Presenter | Dr. Martin Farr, New Castle University
Date/Time | Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 7:00 pm
Location | Alkek Teaching Theater
Dr. Ana Romo's Latest Book Receives Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Dr. Ana Romo whose most recent book, Selling Black Brazil, won Honorable Mention for the Latin American Studies Association’s Best Book in the Humanities for Brazil.
This Is What a Feminist Looks Like: Fashion Politics in the Era of Women’s Liberation
The Department of History and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies invites you to celebrate Women's History through a series of guest speakers in our efforts to show that Women’s History Month is every month. Our next event is next week on Thursday.
Thursday, April 20, 5pm Taylor Murphy 101
Featured Guest Speaker: Einav Rabinovitch-Fox (Case Western)
Spring Thesis Prospectus Colloquium - May 2nd, 2023
- 10:00-10:40 am-Alyssa Aguilera-“Politics of Fashion and the Women’s Liberation Movement”
- 10:40-11:10 am-Jay Cody Key-“Lebanon to Texas and Lebanese to Texans”
- 11:10-11:50 am-Neil Surio-“In Between the Margins: Competing Filipino Nationalisms in Literature at the Twilight of Spanish Empire"
Phi Alpha Theta Spring Banquet & Induction Ceremony
The Sigma Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta cordially invites you to our Annual Spring Banquet, Friday, April 21st, 6:30 PM, Taylor Murphy Courtyard. $20 per person and $35 for couples.
Appetizers, Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert included.
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia Published in First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia, Associate Professor of Digital History, has co-authored an article, "Ethics and images in social media research," in volume 28, issue 4, of First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet. The study examines strategies for anonymizing online data in a way that follows ethical guidelines while also retaining the fluid nature of participant engagement with social media.
Making Sense of Tangled Pasts: Feminism and Reproductive Politics in Modern India
The Department of History and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies invites you to celebrate Women's History through a series of guest speakers in our efforts to show that Women’s History Month is every month. Our next event is next week on Wednesday. Please join us and encourage your students to come by offering extra credit.
Mytheli Sreenivas is Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University. She is the author of two books, Wives, Widows and Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India (2008), and Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India (2021). Professor Sreenivas has also published her work in scholarly journals, and she writes regularly about reproductive politics for public audiences both in India and the United States. At Ohio State, she teaches courses on South Asian history, transnational feminisms, and reproductive rights and justice. She has recently begun research for a new book project that traces the transnational histories of the HPV vaccine.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
5:00 pm | TMH 101
Alum admission to Ph.D. program
Congratulations to one of our History Major undergraduate alums, Chandler Gebhardt (formerly Chandler Dughan), who has been accepted into the Sustainability Studies Ph.D program at the University of Colorado, a multi-disciplinary program with a strong emphasis on using the historical record to confront current climate problems.
Dr. José Carlos de la Puente Receives Book Project Award
Dr. José Carlos de la Puente recently received a research award from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University for the AY 2023-24 to work on his next book project, "Pueblos from Pueblos: Commoner Colonization and the Making of Community in the Colonial Central Andes.”
New Public History Student Exhibit in Alkek Library
A Cross along the Road: A look at the practice of Roadside Memorials in Central Texas
History 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
Telling Her-Stories in the Dark: Transgressing Fear, Race, and Place to Be Women in the American South
Drawing 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
The 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
Join 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
Come 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 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
Elizabeth 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
Join 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 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
Dr. 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
Cinderella Girls: Black Women Athletes and the Politics of (in)Visible Histories
Amira 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
Texas 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 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
Join 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
Join 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
An 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
The 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.