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April 2008

Release Date: April 23, 2008

ASU History Profs to Address Borderlands Conflicts

Four history scholars from Angelo State University will participate in a Texas Tech University program on “Conflict in the Borderlands” 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library on the Lubbock campus.

Arnoldo De Le�n, David Dewar, John Eusebio Klingemann and Brian D. McKnight, all members of the ASU History Department, will join Texas Tech history faculty in examining how violence, nationalism and race relations play out in borderlands areas.

The program will also mark the Lubbock debut of the exhibit “The Battle of Ojinaga,” which Klingemann developed for the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University on the 1914 conflict between forces of Pancho Villa and the federal Mexican Army. The exhibit was displayed last year at ASU and before that at several other museums or archives worldwide, including the National Museum of Australia.

De Le�n, the C.J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History at ASU, will speak about racism on the U.S. border with Spanish Mexico and the Republic during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books, a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Dewar will discuss “When Violence Breeds Goodwill: George Morgan, the Delawares, and the American War for Independence.” Dewar writes about the trans-Appalachian West’s social and cultural conditions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Klingemann will address violence in Chihuahua from 1913-14. Klingemann’s interest in Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 began as an undergraduate at Sul Ross. He did extensive research on the ideology of Villa’s revolutionaries and the Divisi�n del Norte while a doctoral student at the University of Arizona. He received a Garc�a Robles Fulbright Fellowship for research in Mexico.

McKnight will speak on war’s impact on Appalachia in the 1860s during the American Civil War. McKnight has written extensively on topics from the Civil War to the Korean conflict, including the upcoming “To Perish by the Sword: Champ Ferguson’s Bloody Borderland.”