Does Tony Horwitz’s New Book Get Texas Right?

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: May 2019 Andrew R. Graybill is the chair of the History Department at Southern Methodist University and the author of The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West. Several years ago Tony Horwitz was tasked by his wife to “ruthlessly cull” the books he had amassed as a college student during the Carter administration. Sifting through boxes stashed at their house on Martha’s Vineyard, Horwitz came across The Cotton Kingdom, an 1861 book by the New York journalist Frederick Law Olmsted—better known today as the landscape architect who co-designed Manhattan’s Central Park. The book was the culmination of several trips Olmsted had made to the American South, including Texas, in the 1850s. (His account of his rambles [...]

By | 2019-05-14T10:22:30-07:00 May 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Does Tony Horwitz’s New Book Get Texas Right?

In Mexico, there’s no place like home: Most don’t want to head north for work anymore

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 13, 2019 For generations dating back to the 1930s, throughout Mexico, including in this region in the central state of Guanajuato known as El Bajio, the towns have emptied themselves out of their youths during what's called the 'winter blues.' The young would head north to seek out their own version of the American Dream: Jobs. In North Texas and other places they worked in everything from gardening, to restaurant service, to roofing and to constructing some of the area's most iconic buildings. They helped build D/FW International Airport, Texas Stadium and just about every high-rise in Dallas. No more. "Dallas was the dream of my father - it's not my dream," said Jairo Villalon, 21. With his friends, [...]

By | 2019-03-15T06:37:52-07:00 March 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on In Mexico, there’s no place like home: Most don’t want to head north for work anymore

Andrew R. Graybill reviews “Boom Town” by Sam Anderson.

Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: September 20, 2018 Mr. Andrew Graybill is the chair of the history department and co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. In 1990, United Airlines was in search of a home for its new repair center. Dazzled by the prospect of 8,000 new jobs and $700 million in revenue, Oklahoma City launched an aggressive campaign to lure the facility. To help fund some of the incentives used to tempt the company, residents agreed to a $120 million tax hike. Boosters took out an ad on a billboard outside United’s Chicago headquarters imploring the airline to “Come Fly the Friendly Skies of Oklahoma City.” But in the end Indianapolis won the day. As Sam [...]

By | 2018-10-02T08:31:07-07:00 October 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Andrew R. Graybill reviews “Boom Town” by Sam Anderson.

Former Clements Fellow Andrew Torget prepares to break a Guinness World Record in teaching the longest lesson

Chronicle of Higher Education Originally Posted: July 26, 2018 On August 24 at 9 a.m., Andrew Torget will take the podium in a University of North Texas auditorium, clad in a suit and armed with 500 pages of notes. Forty-five students will be seated in front of him, notebooks — no laptops! — at the ready. He’ll open his notes, clear his throat, and begin his lecture. If he’s going to successfully teach the longest recorded history class ever, he won’t be able to stop, aside from occasional brief breaks, for the next 30 hours. At least 10 of his students will have to stick it out, too. Torget, an associate professor of history at North Texas, is gunning for an official Guinness World Record — for [...]

By | 2018-07-27T08:27:11-07:00 July 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on Former Clements Fellow Andrew Torget prepares to break a Guinness World Record in teaching the longest lesson

The Trump administration is right about the problem at the border. But its ‘solutions’ would just make things worse.

Washington Post Originally Posted: June 22, 2018 By: Mary E. Mendoza, assistant professor of history and Latinx studies at Penn State University and the David J. Weber Fellow for Study of Southwestern America at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. As immigration policy again dominates the news, President Trump’s administration has resorted to creative justifications for its draconian policies, including demands for a border wall. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might just have trotted out the most creative rationale, arguing: “It’s a national security issue, a national defense issue, it’s a humanitarian crisis, and oh, by the way, it’s an environmental crisis,” implying that a wall would help solve all of these problems. Perhaps Zinke is right about the broad dimensions of the [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:32:46-07:00 June 26th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on The Trump administration is right about the problem at the border. But its ‘solutions’ would just make things worse.

Lawrence Wright Falls Out of Love With Texas

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: April 2018 issue The follow is a review by Andrew R. Graybill, chair of the history department and co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Lawrence Wright had his road-to-Damascus moment in 1979 in Gruene, the quaint Hill Country town halfway between San Antonio and Austin. At the time, he was living in Georgia, writing for a regional magazine and freelancing for various national publications. Although the Oklahoma-born Wright had spent his teenage years in Dallas, where his father was a bank president, he’d escaped the state’s centripetal pull once he graduated from high school, in 1965, leaving first for college in New Orleans and then accepting a teaching position at the American University [...]

By | 2018-03-27T08:16:17-07:00 March 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Lawrence Wright Falls Out of Love With Texas

Andrew R. Graybill, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, reviews new books in Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: February 2018 A Tale of Two Texas Families New books from Roger D. Hodge and Bryan Mealer draw an unsparing portrait of rural Texas. Families are the bedrock of Texas settlement. Take, for instance, the Old Three Hundred, the first white migrants who came to Texas from the American South in the 1820s, lured by the colonization schemes of Moses and Stephen F. Austin; nearly two centuries later, their descendants meet twice a year to celebrate this shared history. Likewise, many Texans of more recent vintage engage in one-upmanship over the depth of their roots in the Lone Star State, all in a quest to bind themselves as tightly as possible to the land and its myths. Journalists Roger D. Hodge [...]

By | 2018-01-25T09:26:26-07:00 January 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Andrew R. Graybill, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, reviews new books in Texas Monthly

Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

SMU News Originally Posted: January 8, 2018 Longtime SMU supporter Rita Clements, former Texas First Lady, civic leader and political activist, has died after a long illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. "Rita Clements’ passion for education was clear to everyone who knew her," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Our University was fortunate to benefit from that passion over the many years that she and Governor Clements, who was an SMU alumnus, generously shared their time and resources with us. It’s only part of her legacy, but the beautiful campus of SMU-in-Taos and the programs it provides for faculty and students will always be a tribute to that generosity. We [...]

By | 2018-01-09T18:34:55-07:00 January 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Mathematics|Comments Off on Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

Watch: Abraham Zapruder and JFK Assassination Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film

C-Span Originally Posted: October 26, 2017 Abraham Zapruder and JFK Assassination Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Abraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963 with his home movie camera. Alexandra Zapruder is his granddaughter. Watch    

By | 2017-11-27T08:03:44-07:00 November 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events|Comments Off on Watch: Abraham Zapruder and JFK Assassination Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film

SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies to Host Nov. 15 Book Prize Event for Three Roads to Magdalena Author

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 David Wallace Adams developed the book during a Clements Center fellowship DALLAS (SMU) – Acclaimed as a unique and enduring window into borderlands history, David Wallace Adams’ 2016 book, Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990, will be awarded this year’s Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America Wednesday, Nov. 15, at SMU. The free public event, hosted by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will be held in the Texana Room of Fondren Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane. A reception from 5 to 5:30 will be followed by a lecture and book-signing from 5:30 to 6:30. Seating for the event is limited; register here or contact swcenter@smu.edu, 214-768-3684 or raelmore@smu.edu. Three Roads [...]

By | 2017-11-08T16:01:33-07:00 November 8th, 2017|Anthropology|Comments Off on SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies to Host Nov. 15 Book Prize Event for Three Roads to Magdalena Author
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