David Weber will give his last public lecture as an SMU professor April 27. Weber, the Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in SMU’s Dedman College, retires in May 2010 and will take a sabbatical year after that.
Weber and co-editor Jane Lenz Elder, reference librarian in SMU’s Bridwell Library, will talk about their latest collaboration, Fiasco: George Clinton Gardner’s Correspondence from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, 1849-1854, recently published by SMU Press.
Gardner’s previously unpublished personal letters, written mostly to family, offer a fresh vantage point on the survey party’s logistical and financial problems, the quarrels among its civilian and military members, the personal and political rivalries of leading figures, and the personal foibles and inadequate funding that turned the work of the U.S. survey team into a catastrophic failure.
The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture and book signing, in DeGolyer Library.