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Fall 2019

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    Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Yongmei Lu
    Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Yongmei Lu

    The Center for International Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Yongmei Lu. Dr. Lu is Chair of the Department of Geography. Thank you for your commitment to student excellence, global perspective, and generous support of the Center for International Studies.





    Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Louie Valencia
    Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia

    The Center would also like to congradulate Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia as the International Studies Professor of the Year.  Dr. Valencia-Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and most recently taught the Spring 2019 International Studies Senior Seminar course.  This award is voted on by the students and the Center would like to thank Dr. Valencia-Garcia for his passion for global affairs and his student-centered philosophy.


    Brexit Panel ParticipantsThe Center hosted a panel on the ongoing Brexit saga, placing it in historical context and discussing recent events and possible outcomes. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A.

    Participants included:

    Dr. Caroline Ritter -   Department of History
    Dr. Omar Sanchez - Department of Political Science
    Dr. Rob Konopaske - Institute for Global Business 


    Paul HartDr. Paul Hart recently received the 2019 Harvey L. Johnson Book Award, from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS) for his book, Emiliano Zapata: Mexico’s Social Revolutionary.  This year’s award was presented to Dr. Hart at the annual SCOLAS conference in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.


    International Studies undergraduate students presented their research in the College of Liberal Arts Research Expo. The Expo provided the opportunity for  students to engage in a professional presentation of their research along with the creation of a poster. Posters were judged by Liberal Arts Faculty and Staff. The Center is proud to recognize Broderick Turner for winning First Place and Sierra Bligh for wining the People's Choice Award!


    Liberal Arts Dean, Dr. Mary Brennan and International Studies Student, Broderick Turner
    Dean Brennan and Broderick Turner
    Dean Brennan and International Studies Student, Sierra Bligh
    Dean Brennan and Sierra Bligh

    Paul Hart, Director, Center for International Studies
    Dr. Paul Hart

    Center Director, Dr. Paul Hart moderated a panel at The Bullock Texas State History Museum on January 31st. The panel was part of the Conference for the Centennial of the 1919 Canales Investigation when a border native and the only Mexican American serving in the state legislature, José Tomas ‘JT’ Canales called for an investigation into state-sanctioned violence unleashed on the predominantly Mexican-origin community on the Texas border. 



    The Dr. Richard Steigmann-GallCenter, along with the Departments of Political Science and History sponsored a Lecture by Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall. 

    Dr. Gall is Associate Professor of History at Kent State University. His academic interests concern the cultural and religious dimensions of German National Socialism, specifically the cohort of Nazis who believed in "positive Christianity" and the struggles they waged with Nazism's neo-pagans for religious dominance in the Third Reich. 


    International Studies Student Jordyn Pettigrew and Dr. Ronald Johnson
    Jordyn Pettigrew and Dr. Ronald Johnson

    The the Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA) established the Edward J. Perkins Study Abroad Award administered by the Center for International Studies to assist students interested in a career in international affairs to study abroad. The award is intended to encourage students of historically underserved populations to pursue careers in international relations and is named for Edward Perkins. During his stellar career, Mr. Perkins served as U.S. representative to the U.N. Security Council, as ambassador to the United Nations, Australia, and South Africa, and as Director General of the Foreign Service.

    The first ever recipient of the award is International Studies undergraduate student Jordyn Pettigrew. This summer, Jordyn will be traveling to Beijing, where she will pursue language studies while also researching Chinese politics and society through literature and film.

    The Center thanks Ambassador Ruth Davis, Vice President of ABAA and Dr. Ronald Johnson from the Department of History for working to bring this scholarship to Texas State.


    Center Director Dr. Paul Hart gave a lecture at the University of Arkansas as part of the 100th Anniversary of Emiliano Zapata's death. In his talk, Dr. Hart discussed the contemporary relevance of Zapata as a symbol of resistance and hope, how his memory and meaning remain contested territory, and how history is used to shape the present. 

    University of Arkansas Zapata Logo


    Model Arab League Group PhotoThe Model Arab League Chapter at Texas State University competed in the National University Model Arab League (NUMAL) competition April 4-7, winning awards and one member being chosen for a chair position.

    Representing Comoros, Texas State delegates participated in debates, discussions and wrote resolutions on economic, political and social affairs as well as on joint defense, women and children’s rights, and Palestinian affairs.

    The Model Arab League chapter at Texas State is an all-inclusive organization where students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world through the arts of diplomacy and public speech.


    Program Coordinator Jeremy PenaThe Journal of Hispanic Higher Education published an article by Center for International Studies Program Coordinator, Jeremy Peña.

    In Undocumented Students: History and Implications for Higher Education Administrators, Jeremy provides a brief history of undocumented students and higher education, from the landmark case of Plyler v. Doe to the examination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals while also examining a model of success for supporting such a unique student population.


    Brice MatthieussentIn his talk "Who's Writing this Novel Anyway?", the author explored a doubling of the translator (Mr. Matthieussent) writing a novel about a translator who commandeers a novel that he is translating, blurring the lines between translation and original creation.

    Brice Matthieussent is an award-winning translator of over 200 books from English to French including works by Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, Bret Easton Ellis, Thomas Pynchon, Jim Harrison, and Charles Bukowski. He teaches history of contemporary art and aesthetics at the Ecole Superiéure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille. His debut novel, Revenge of the Translator, was awarded the Prix du style Cultura.  

Fall 2018

  • Kristallnacht Program Image On 9 November 1938, an order was given by Nazi German authorities to terrorize and arrest Jewish citizens, resulting in tens of thousands of people being sent to concentration camps. Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, marked a violent escalation against Jewish people. This escalation of violence was a continuation of anti-Semitic policies instituted in 1933, but were part of a long history of discrimination against Jewish people. We come together to remember that moment, the 80th anniversary of the event, and to take a stand against anti-Semitism and hate still present in the world today. We invite the Texas State community to participate in a lecture, poetry readings, and dialogue.

    The event will be held at the fountain on Bobcat Trail (between Flowers and Commons), and as a back-up in case of poor weather we would move the event to the Honors Coffee Forum.

    Tentative commemoration plan:

    • Dr. Louie Dean Valencia (History) — Intro (2-minutes)
    • Dr. Margaret Menninger (History) – Brief history of Kristallnacht (5-7 minutes)
    • Moment of Silence
    • Texas State Community — Poetry relating to the Holocaust to be read by faculty and students (Time variable)
    • Students/faculty can bring their own poetry, or read from poetry provided by Dr. Lisa Haegele and Dr. David Navarro (Modern Languages)
    • Dr. Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy) — A short reading from Elie Wiesel or other (~5 minutes)
    • Dr. Louie Dean Valencia (History) — Fascism then/now and open up to a discussion for students (3-5 minutes)
    • Texas State Community — Dialogue/Space open to students

  • The Deal of the Century event flyer

    The Deal of the Century?
    Palestine and the Trump Administration

    a lecture by: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Derrick Hall 108 | 3:30-4:30 pm

  • 10th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students
    November 13–14, 2018
    Texas State University

    Celebrating ten years of innovative research!

    Graduate students in various programs both on and off the Texas State campus will present their original research findings in a poster session held the evening of November 13 or in all-day concurrent panel sessions on November 14.

    Visit the Graduate College for details and registration.

  • Shaping Germany
    Campus Weeks at Texas State 2018

    Voll der Osten/Totally East: Life in East Germany
    Photos by Harald Hauswald
    September - December 2018 | Lampasas 407B

    "Romeos and Other Spies for East Germany's Foreign Intelligence Service"
    Dr. Mary Beth Stein | George Washington University
    Monday, October 15, 2018 | 5:00 pm | Flowers Hall 230

    "Race, Socialism, and the East Germany Science Fiction Film"
    Dr. Evan Torner | University of Cincinnati
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 5:00 pm | Centennial Hall G02

  • Meet The Dean Event Flyer

    Meet the Dean

    Flowers Hall 230 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Tuesday, September 25

    Thursday, October 18

    Wednesday, November 14

  • Wednesday, September 26th, Derrick Hall 108 (International Studies Conference Room)
    International Studies Panel and Fall Welcome Reception
    4:30 – Panel | 5:30 – Reception

    The Center for International Studies will be hosting a panel on "Pursuing the Right to Peace and Bread" in acknowledgment of the UN Day of Peace theme "Pursuing the Right to Peace."

    The panel will feature Dr. Russell Moses from the Department of Philosophy and Center Director, Dr. Paul Hart

  • Journey of a Coverdell Fellow: From South Africa to San Marcos
    Thursday, September 27th, Derrick Hall 108 (International Studies Conference Room) | 5:00-6:00pm

    Please join the Center for International Studies as welcome Coverdell Fellow Mohamed Hassan-Issa. The Coverdell Fellowship is a prestigious award for returning Peace Corps Volunteers to continue education in graduate programs. Mohamed is pursuing a graduate degree in International Studies. He will be discussing his Peace Corps experience in South Africa and his journey to Texas State.

Spring/Summer 2018

  • Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson, Dr. Hart, and Dr. DunnCongratulations to Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson! Dr. Johnson was voted as the Center for International Studies Faculty member of the year! Thank you for all of your hard-work and dedication to student development and scholarship!

  • Dr. Lucy Harney and Dr. Dennis DunnThe Center for International Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Lucy Harney as the Administrator of the year! Dr. Harney is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Thank you for your commitment to student excellence and global perspective

  • Dr. Hart posing with three others in front of a banner promoting his book in MexicoDr. Paul Hart, Associate Director for the Center for International Studies traveled to Mexico to discuss his new book, "Emiliano Zapata: Mexico's Social Revolutionary".

  • The Center for International Studies in partnership with the Center for the Study of the Southwest and University Advancement hosted the U.S.-Mexico Summit on April 5, 2018. The invited panelists discussed the 2018 Mexican National Elections and the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations.

  • The Center for International Studies hosted Returning Peace Corps volunteer browse session. The volunteers shared photos, stories, clothing, art, music, and more from their time abroad!

    Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Browse SessionReturning Peace Corps Session

Fall 2017

  • October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00 pm in Derrick Hall 108

    Panel of Returning Peace Corps Volunteers will include:

    • Brendan Cavanagh – Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps - Ivory Coast, 1999-2002 Public Health Sector
    • Dr. Emily Summers – Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Texas State University – Guatemala, 1994-1997 Environmental Management
    • Meagan Hoff – Doctoral Student, Developmental Education, Texas State University – Benin, 2007-2009 Environmental Action Volunteer
    • Dr. Celeste Domsch – Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Communication Disorders, Texas State University – Chad, 1990-1992 TEFL volunteer
    • Emily Hawarny – Career Counselor, Career Services, Texas State University – Philippines, 2010-2012 Education Sector

     If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Jeremy Peña at 512-245-2339 or

  • Dr. Mary Brennan and Dr. Dennis Dunn

    The Center recognized Dr. Mary Brennan as the International Studies Administrator of the Year! Dr. Brennan is the chair of the History Department and is the incoming Dean of the College of Liberal Arts beginning 2017-2018.

  • Dr. Jennifer Devine, Dr. Hart, and Dr. Dunn

    The Center recognized Dr. Jennifer Devine as the 2016-2017 International Studies Professor of the Year. Dr. Devine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. Her research interests include human-environmental relations, Latin American - US politics, and critical social theory.

Spring 2017

  • The White House

    This two-day interdisciplinary conference was hosted by The Center for International Studies on February 2-3, 2017.  Prominent scholars from universities across Texas and the United States joined professionals in law, journalism, diplomacy, healthcare and criminal justice to discuss the likely domestic and foreign policy legacies of the Obama administration. Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin delivered a keynote address. H.W. Brands, Jack Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin also delivered a keynote on the second day of the conference. The Center also hosted James K. Galbraith, Lloyd Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business.

Fall 2016

  • Dr. Dunn receives the Regents Professor AwardCongratulations to Dr. Dennis Dunn, Director of the Center for International Studies on being named Regents Professor by the Texas State University Board of Regents!

  • Dr. Paul Hart speakingDr. Paul Hart, Associate Director for the Center for International Studies, gave a lecture at Texas Southmost College. The lecture was entitled "Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Meaning"

  • Professor Kurt Richardson received his doctorate at the University of Basel, Switzerland and is a member of the faculties of theology of McMaster and Toronto Universities as well as professor of Abrahamic Studies at Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas. He is a co-founder of two research groups in the American Academy of Religion: Society for Scriptural Reasoning and Comparative Theology.

    The talk was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of Philosophy.

    Event Flyer

Summer 2016

  • Dr. Smart, Dr. Hart, and Dr. Dunn

    The Center for International Studies would also like to congratulate Dr. Denise Smart as the 2015-2016 International Studies Administrator of the year! Dr. Smart is the Dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration. Thank you Dr. Smart for your continued support of International Studies students!

  • Dr. Gorman and Dr. Dunn

    The Center for International Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Gorman from the Department of Political Science as the International Studies Professor of the year! Dr. Gorman's areas of interests include International Relations, International Law/Organization, International Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs, and History of Ethics. Thank you Dr. Gorman for your continued support of International Studies students!

Spring 2016

  • Robert BraubachThe Center For International Studies welcomed Mr. Robert P. Braubach for a presentation on the European Union Mr. Braubach worked in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission of the European Union. He subsequently practiced at two prominent U.S. international law firms, represents the Government of Belgium as Honorary Consul for South Texas, the Republic of Namibia as Honorary Consul, and is an economic advisor to the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

  • A large group of refugees The Center for International Studies hosted a panel entitled Perspectives on the International Refugee Crisis. The Center  invited Dr. Elizabeth Bishop from the Department of History, Dr. Robert Gorman from The Department of Political Science, and Dr. Brian Cooper from the Department of Geography to serve as the panelists for the event.

  • Various National Flags flying The Center had its annual mixer. It provided a great opportunity for international studies students to network with their  peers, learn more about our student organizations, and also get information about our graduate program. Undergrads, International Studies Club, Sigma Iota Rho, and Pi Gamma Mu members, graduate students, and professors were all present.

  • Islam in Liberalism Event FlyerThe Center for International Studies welcomed Dr. Joseph Massad for a special guest lecture on his new book, Islam in Liberalism.