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Archive for May, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Treasures of the Texas Coast

Early eighteenth century graveside scene at Mitchell Ridge by artist Frank Weir.

The new Texas Beyond History exhibit “Native and Early Historic Peoples of the Texas Coastal Prairies and Marshes,” the fourth Texas region covered in the Web site’s “Prehistoric Texas” series, offers amazing  artifacts, interactive graphics, historic photos, and maps, many of which have not been seen by the public, but are now available through interactive galleries such as the Fort St. Louis collection “Traces of French, Spanish and Native Lives.” 

Many of the artifacts featured are from…

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

History Alumnus Chronicles Mexico’s Fight for Independence

In “The Mexican Wars for Independence,” (Hill & Wang, 2009) Timothy Henderson (B.A., History, ’80) tells the complex story of Mexico’s revolution years of rebellion and civic unrest from 1810 to 1821, chronicling the progression of a nation struggling to liberate itself as an independent state.

Written for the general reader, Henderson guides readers through Mexico’s complicated and volatile political struggles, including the deepening divisions of race, class, culture and objectives forged during centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

Set against a sharply detailed background,…

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Offers Diverse Perspectives on African American Religious History and Life

The New Black Gods

In the wake of the Great Migration, anthropologist Arthur Huff Fauset set out to learn more about the African American “sects and cults” springing up in northern cities. More than fifty years later, “The New Black Gods” reassess Fauset’s work, the organizations he studied and the state of African American religious studies today.

“The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions” (Indiana University Press, 2009) was edited by Harry Ransom Center Curator of Academic Affairs Danielle…

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright Archival Materials Continue to Build

In 1909, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright produced Ausgeführte Bauten Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright, a folio of 100 plates published by German architectural publisher Ernst Wasmuth.

The Special Collections at the Architecture and Planning Library hold several versions of the work– from an original 1911 edition to multiple copies of the 1963 American edition, Buildings: Plans and Designs, published by Horizon Press. The work includes detailed drawings of Wright’s commissions up to 1910, illustrating his early architectural style.

The Wasmuth portfolio, as…

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Career Counselor to Discuss “You Majored in What?”

Liberal Arts Career Services Director Kate Brooks will read and sign “You Majored in What: Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career” (Viking, 2009) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Barnes & Noble, located in the Arboretum shopping center on Research Boulevard.

Brooks, who has been guiding students to successful careers for more than 20 years, points out that many college students feel a sense of comfort in thinking that their major will lead them directly to an ideal career…

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Award Ceremony Celebrates Renowned Chicana Author Ana Castillo

Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Ana Castillo will receive the first Américo Paredes Literature and Letters Award from the Center for Mexican American Studies at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Auditorium.

Born and raised in Chicago, Castillo is best known for her lyrical stories exploring, love, gender conflict and resistance. In a career spanning more than three decades, Castillo has published more than 20 novels, plays, collections of essays, poetry and short stories. Her…