Please join us for a whirlwind of presentations on Austin’s diverse history to be held at the Austin History Center on Tuesday, May 13 from 3-5 p.m. This event is the culmination of an American Studies class at the University of Texas at Austin called, “Exhibiting Austin.” With professor Cary Cordova, students have spent the semester studying not just the history of Austin, but the collections of the Austin History Center. Studying our local archive has inspired diverse and unique research projects: students have gathered oral histories, composed photo essays, generated economic studies, composed resource guides, and launched fundraiser projects. Their research topics vary widely, but feature examinations in education, the arts, activism, food, transportation, and human trafficking, and include meaningful contributions to Mexican American history, Asian American history, Native American history, Czech history, and LGBTQ history.
To showcase such diverse work, students have no more than 5 minutes to present their projects, followed by an open-floor discussion. Please join us to celebrate the hard work of these students and to share in their excavations of Austin histories.
Featured students in order of the program: Maria Fox (Economic and Demographic Analysis of the Austin History Center); Samantha Ramirez (Processing Austin’s Past: Fundraising for the Austin History Center); Keith Huffaker (A Civil War/ Reconstruction Resource Guide); Rachel Lau (Asian American arts and activism); Michelle Burdin (The Work of Asian Americans in Austin Restaurants); Emma Ledford (The Shetty Family: A Story of South Indian Experience in Austin); Sarabeth Bratton (Two Proud Chicanas); Max Cohen (Mexican American Activism); Harrison Duncan (Czech Out Austin); Grace Hansen (Pow Wow Austin); Demetrius White (LGBTQ History); Shannon Collins (Janna Zumbrum: Life of a Lesbian Activist); Erica Denny (A Tale of Two Schools); Sanju Subnani (Austin’s Railroads); Collyn Cooper (Documenting Human Trafficking in Austin); Jon Pfifer (Republic Square); Lila Jenevein (The Evolution of Rainey Street); Bianca Sicich (1101 Baylor Street).