Juneteenth is more popular than ever. This year’s celebrations come amid a culture war.

USA Today Originally Posted: June 14, 2021 Andrew Torget, a Clements Center fellow, is quoted in this USA Today article with mention of his award winning book  Seeds of Empire. In the wake of 2020's racial reckoning over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the celebration of Juneteenth spread outside the African American community. Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and 19th, commemorates June 19, 1865 — the date when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3, informing the Galveston, Texas, community that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved African Americans in rebel states. It’s also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. A year later, Juneteenth comes as Congress struggles to pass sweeping legislation that would protect the rights [...]

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Texas’s Best Young Accordionists Carry on a Conjunto Legacy

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: May 2021 Had this been a non-pandemic year, Christopher Ramirez and Ashly Nicole Molina would have been in Austin on a recent Saturday afternoon. As two of the four finalists for the sixteen-and-under conjunto category in the Big Squeeze—the annual competition of Texas’s best young accordion players—they would’ve played live at the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They would’ve felt the butterflies in their stomachs that come from standing onstage in front of a crowd, playing in front of judges, family, and other competitors. And as they did, extending and compressing the accordions’ bellows that breathe life into the instruments, moving their bodies to the rhythms and sounds, they would’ve felt that anxiety melt [...]

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Erasure of freedman’s towns, Central Expressway injustice inspired book from SMU grad student

Lake Highlands Advocate Originally Posted: May 21, 2021 A Lake Highlands resident’s nonfiction book about how highway construction erased neighborhoods of color in Dallas was released today. Collin Yarbrough is a Lake Highlands High School alumnus and SMU grad student who also owns Full Circle Bakery with his mom, Judy. His book, Paved A Way, has the subtitle “Infrastructure, Policy and Racism in an American City.” He started working on it in May 2020, after turning in a paper about the history of Central Expressway. READ MORE

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Congratulations to Clements Center fellow Uzma Quraishi

Congratulations to Clements Center fellow Uzma Quraishi for winning the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for the best book on immigration and ethnic studies for her volume,  Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War (New Directions in Southern Studies Series with the University of North Carolina Press, 2020).  

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Clements Center announces new fellows for AY 2021-2022!

Clements Center for Southwest Studies Originally Posted: March 12, 2021 Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time. MAGGIE ELMORE Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America Ph.D., History, University of California-Berkeley, 2017 Assistant Professor of History, Sam Houston State University “In the Name of the Father: Catholic Bureaucrats, Latino/a Immigrants, and the Fight for Human Rights in Twentieth-Century America” ADAM JOHNSON David J. Weber Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2019 Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University “Secretsharers: Indigenous Knowledge and the Politics of Ethnographic Documentation, 1880-1930” CHRISTINA VILLARREAL Summerfield G. Roberts Fellow for the Study of Texas History Ph.D., Latin American History, [...]

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SMU Ph.D. Graduate wins award at TSHA!

Dedman College News Originally Posted: March 5, 2021 The Texas State Historical Association named SMU PhD Graduate Joel Zapata (now assistant professor of history at Oregon State University) winner of the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History for his project titled, “From West Texas to the World: Chicana/o Activist Print Culture and Social Transformation." The Clements Center is proud to have supported his research. Congratulations, Joel!

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Another award winning book from the Clements Center!

Dedman College News Originally Posted: March 4, 2021 Clements Center fellow Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga was awarded the Ramirez Family Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters for his book War and Peace on the Rio Grande Frontier, 1830-1880 (University of Oklahoma Press).  His book previously won both the Tejano Book Award from the Tejano Genealogy Society and the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize from the Texas State Historical Association. https://www.oupress.com/books/15456265/war-and-peace-on-the-rio-grande-frontier-1830?fbclid=IwAR2MLmbT0kO6B7-2bWhWqF2OovagpyzSjfPM6_EUUEut4vbv9HS9UrDEOak

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Congratulations to SMU alumnus Aaron Sanchez

Congratulations to Aaron Sanchez (SMU Ph.D. 2013) on the publication of his book _Homeland: Ethnic Mexican Belonging since 1900_ (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021). The Clements Center is proud to have supported Aaron and his research.  https://www.oupress.com/books/16122730/homeland

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Congratulations to SMU alumna Jenny Seman

Congratulations to Jenny Seman (SMU PhD, 2015) on the publication of her book, Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo (University of Texas Press, 2021).  The Clements Center is proud to have supported Jenny and her research. https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/seman-borderlands-curanderos

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Texas’s Most Famous Historian Looks Back at His Own, Legendary Life

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: February 2021 Andrew R. Graybill is a professor of history and the director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. This article originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “A Historian’s History.”  While working in the archives at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, the historian Michael Collins came across what he describes, somewhat hyperbolically, as “a buried treasure—pure gold, at least in a figurative sense.” It was the unfinished autobiography of Walter Prescott Webb, perhaps the most famous historian the Lone Star State has ever produced. Webb drafted the manuscript in his mid-fifties while spending the 1942–1943 academic year at the University of [...]

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