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    The National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association-sponsored series on Latino Americans history and culture commenced on Thursday, September 24 with a viewing of the PBS documentary Latino Americans. After viewing episode 1 of the series, the audience of 170 then discussed their impressions with History Department faculty members Profs. Kenna Archer, Jason Pierce, and John Klingemann.
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    Prof. John Klingemann, chair of the department, started the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series by discussing the exploits of the 36th Division (mostly made up of Texas and Oklahoma troops) during World War I. Profs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, co-directors of the NEH-sponsored grant, which made the lecture series possible, also introduced their War Stories Project. Over one hundred and thirty students and San Angelo residents turned out for the event.
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    History Department faculty and staff welcomed their majors and minors back to another school year by hosting a barbecue at the Angelo State Lake Facility in early September of 2015. Students as well as graduates returned to share stories and mingle over burgers and hotdogs.
  • History Department adjunct faculty Cory Robinson has recently been promoted to curator at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark. Robinson earned his master’s degree from the Angelo State Department of History and has worked at the fort for thirteen years.
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    Prof. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai has published a new essay in an edited collection titled Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). Wongsrichanalai first presented the essay titled “The Union of Gentlemen Restored: College-Educated Northern Veterans, Reconciliation, and Northern Honor” at a conference at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2013. Wongsrichanalai argues that northern gentlemen’s concept of honor helped foster their reconciliation with their southern counterparts after the Civil War.
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    Profs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai sat down for an interview with Marfa Public Radio when they visited the West Texas town for their National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored project,” War Stories: West Texans and the Experience of War, World War I to the Present.” While there, they interviewed local residents about their service experiences. Profs. John E. Klingemann and Kathryn Ostrofsky also participated in the Marfa event.

    Listen to their interview with Marfa Public Radio here
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    Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of Angelo State University’s History Department faculty and Kimberly Wirth, business manager and community engagement coordinator for ASU’s Porter Henderson Library, have been awarded a one-year $3,000 grant to present programs on campus and for the larger San Angelo community on the history of Latino Americans.

  • Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. of the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, Dr. David P. Dewar of the Department of History and Dr. James W. Ward of the Department of Physics and Geosciences have been named the winners of Angelo State University’s 2015 President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence.
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    Prof. Kenna Archer recently spoke at the San Antonio Book Festival about her book, Unruly Waters:  A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River.  The festival, held annually by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year and was expected to pass that number this year.  Roughly ninety authors from around the country were invited to speak at the festival.  Prof. Archer spoke on a panel about water policy and water concerns in western states.  Her panel - “Running (Out of) Water” - was singled out by the directors before the festival as one of the four panels they were most excited about attending.   After the talk, she signed copies of her book and answered questions about water issues specific to this state.
  • A book of essays about intellectual life in the Civil War era co-edited by Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of the Angelo State University history faculty has been published by Fordham University Press.