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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.

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    The Department of History’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Lecture Series concluded on April 9, 2015, the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Union forces. Profs. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai and Christine Lamberson discussed the legacy of the Civil War. Wongsrichanalai spoke about Reconstruction and the process of reconciliation while Lamberson noted the unfulfilled promises of the war on the Civil Rights Movement in the twentieth century.
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    On April 1, 2015, Fordham University Press published Prof. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai’s co-edited (with Prof. Lorien Foote, Texas A&M) volume of essays about intellectual life in the Civil War Era. Wongsrichanalai’s essay “Lessons of War” is also in the collection, which showcases work from both established and up-and-coming scholars. The book, So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War-Era North, is part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” series and seeks to expand on the idea of intellectual life and culture. The volume was inspired by the late George M. Fredrickson’s 1965 publication, The Inner Civil War.
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    Mr. Preston Lewis, former director of the Office of Communications, and Prof. Tina Doyle from the Department of Communications spoke to an audience at the C. J. Davidson Center on the topics of journalism and photography during the Civil War era. Mr. Lewis discussed several important developments and individuals that helped record events of the war while Prof. Doyle explained the technological advances made in photography as well as the challenges that photographers faced during the period.
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    Profs. Jeff Womack (Department of Visual and Performing Arts) and Kathryn Ostrofsky (Department of History) gave two lectures about the musical traditions that informed Civil War Era Americans. Prof. Womack discussed the New England Singing School movement while Prof. Ostrofsky introduced the audience to artists such as Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, Stephen Foster, and the Hutchinsons.
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    Dr. Mark Weitz, Ph.D., a practicing attorney at Weitz Morgan PLLC and Civil War historian, discussed three cases that highlight the legal aspects confronting the Confederate and Union governments during the early months of the American Civil War. The event, which was held at the Fort Concho Commissary, attracted a crowd of both students and town residents. The History Department wishes to thank Dr. Weitz, Fort Concho Site Manager Robert Bluthardt, and the Fort Concho Foundation for making this event possible.
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    Dr. Kenna Lang Archer’s book Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River will be released in May 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press. Unruly Waters studies the efforts of engineers and politicians to tame the 950-mile Brazos River and focuses on the period between 1821 to 1980. The book argues that although the development projects proposed for this river were well-intentioned and ambitious in their scope, control over the Brazos proved elusive. Dr. Archer completed her book at the same time that Baylor University opened a $260 million dollar football stadium alongside the Brazos River in Waco, suggesting that the topic of river improvement remains an important one.