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Politics Are We Ready to Rehabilitate George W. Bush’s Reputation?

Texas Monthly Originally Published: October 2020 Andrew R. Graybill is a professor of history and the director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened seven years ago and anchors the southeastern corner of campus at Southern Methodist University, where I […]

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Predicting the outcome of the election is a fool’s errand — because of contingency

Washington Post Originally posted: July 6, 2020 We are living through the contingent moment to end all contingent moments. In early March, after a stunning turn of fortune, the presidential race seemed to crystallize. Either President Trump, whose approval ratings have always been low, would triumph due to the advantage of incumbency, a strong economy […]

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‘Cult of Glory’ Review: Falling Heroes

Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: June 5, 2020 By Andrew R. Graybill, Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies. In 1935, Walter Prescott Webb—one of the 20th century’s leading historians of Texas and the wider American West—published “The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense.” Clocking in at more than 550 pages, the […]

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Clements Fellow Sarah Pearsall’s Book, Polygamy: An Early American History, reviewed in The New York Review of Books.

The New York Review of Books Originally Posted: April 9, 2020 The Mormon leader Brigham Young had more than fifty wives. Many of them lived in adjacent homes, the Beehive House and the Lion House, in Salt Lake City, which Young founded in 1847 as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter […]

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Rethinking Student Success: History Pedagogy and the Promise of Social Change across the K–16 Continuum

The Journal of Academic History Originally Posted: March 1, 2020 This article was written by current Clements  Center fellow Natalie Mendoza. As a California State University (CSU) (Sonoma State) alumna, I took pride in the impressive research project featured in this section, drawing considerable inspiration from its findings. A team of historians decided to take […]

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Professor Amy Kohout Awarded Fellowship for Work on Book

Colorado College Originally Posted: March 11, 2020 Assistant Professor of History Amy Kohout has been awarded a David J. Weber Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. This prestigious award will allow her to complete work on her first book, tentatively titled […]

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Fellows announced for AY 2020-2021

Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time. The Center is pleased to announce its fellows for academic year 2020-2021. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Research/Institutes-and-Centers/SWCenter/Fellowships/Announce  

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Event: March 11, Insurgents’ Rights and Borderlands Rebellions

Date: March 11. 2020 Location: Texana Room, Fondren Library Time:12 noon Contact: raelmore@smu.edu This talk by Clements Center fellow Eric Schlereth will explain why some U.S. citizens in the 1830s believed that they possessed “insurgents’ rights,” which gave them the right to expatriation & to pledge their allegiance to the government of their choice. Link for […]

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Cancelled: March 26, Weber-Clements Book Prize Award Talk – “Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain Between Indian and American”

Date: March 26, 2020 Location: Texana Room, Fondren Library Time:5:30 reception followed by lecture and book signing Contact: raelmore@smu.edu Weber-Clements Book Prize winner Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert looks at the venerable tradition of Hopi foot races and long distance running at a time of great consequence for Hopi culture placing long distance runners in a larger context […]

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Cancelled: April 7, Monument and Memory in Texas History: From Sacred Site to Martial Symbol

Date: April 7, 2020 Location: Texana Room, Fondren Library Time:5:30 reception followed by lecture Contact: Ruth Ann Elmore Clements Senior Fellow Sam Haynes will examine the gendered dimensions of commemoration and memory, focusing on the ways in organizations & leaders used monuments to create their own distinct interpretations of the state’s heritage. Link for more information: […]