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    Dr. Jason Pierce of the Angelo State University history faculty has published his first book, titled “Making the White Man’s West: Whiteness and the Creation of the American West,” through University Press of Colorado.

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    The Civil War Monitor recently published Prof. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai’s latest essay about the presidential election of 1880. The contest, Wongsrichanalai argues, reopened debates about the Civil War since both major party candidates, Gens. Winfield Scott Hancock (D) and James Garfield (R), had served in the Union army during the conflict. The essay is dedicated to the memory of former Department of History faculty member, Prof. Joe Zheng who passed away in 2012.
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    Prof. David J. Silbey, associate director of the Cornell in Washington Program and adjunct associate professor of history at Cornell University, visited with Angelo State history students before speaking to a 175-person audience as part of the “Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series.” Silbey discussed how cultural backgrounds influence soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield.
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    The fourth event in the Latino American History Series sponsored by the Department of History and the Porter Henderson Library and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association paid tribute to one of the leading scholars in the field of Latino-American history, Angelo State’s own Arnoldo De León. Prof. De León retired from Angelo State in the summer of 2015 after over 41 years of service. He was one of the first scholars to work in the field and has over 20 books to his name. Profs. Neil Foley (Southern Methodist University) and Jose Angel Hernandez (University of Houston) spoke about Prof. De León’s career and his influence on their work. A crowd of friends, students, colleagues, and San Angelo residents were also on hand to honor Prof. De León at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Rob Harris of KIDY in San Angelo interviewed War Stories project co-director Prof. Christine Lamberson and several student workers on Veterans Day 2015. Read the report and view the video by clicking here.
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    Christine Lamberson, assistant professor and co-director of the “War Stories” project, published a post on the History News Network site. She describes a disconnect between academic scholarship focused on foreign policy, a public focused on “supporting the troops,” and veterans’ needs. She advocates increasing involvement in veteran-focused public history projects in order to bridge the gap. Read the post here.

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    Retired professor of history and president emeritus Jim Hindman spoke to a crowd of students and San Angelo residents during the second event in the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series. Hindman discussed the use of u-boats and the complicated issues of neutrality that President Woodrow Wilson had to contend with as the United States became entangled in the desperate fight between the warring powers. Hindman paid particular attention to the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
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    Prof. Kenna Archer recently spoke at a meeting of the Dynamic Downtown Lions Club about her book, Unruly Waters:  A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River.  She offered an overview of the river’s development and concluded with a top ten list of the most memorable times that the river had defied those efforts at development.
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    The Department of History and the Porter Henderson Library hosted filmmaker John J. Valadez at the third event in their Latino American History Series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Mr. Valadez screened his upcoming PBS film, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta and discussed his experiences producing the PBS series Latino Americans with the audience of over 200. The event was made possible by the Center for Community Engagement at Angelo State University as well as the office of the provost.
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    The National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association-sponsored series on Latino Americans history and culture continued on Thursday, October 1 with a viewing of the PBS documentary Latino Americans. After viewing episode 5 of the series, the audience of 120 participated in a discussion segment with History Department faculty members Profs. Kenna Archer, Christine Lamberson, and John Klingemann.