The University of Utah’s American West Center is celebrating its 50th year and hosting a symposium to mark the occasion. The focus is on public history and humanities and promises great potential exploring ways in which Western scholars can better engage and connect with the Western public. Come one, come all! The autumn leaves along the Wasatch Front will be gorgeous, I (Brenden) would be happy to lead hikes or tours, etc… Utah in the fall is just wonderful. I hope to see a lot of you here! Linked here are PDFs of the Call for Proposals and Participants and a nice full-color Poster you can print out and post in your respective departments or places of work. Please share and spread the word!!! Continue reading
Monthly Archives: December 2013
James Starling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas. He has also served as a lecturer at the University of Texas-El Paso and New Mexico State University. Starling graduated with a PhD in Borderlands History from the UTEP in 2012, where he completed his dissertation, “The Bonds of a Common Faith: Catholicism, Marriage and the Making of Borders in Nineteenth-Century Paso del Norte,” under the direction of Cheryl Martin. Starling’s research interests include family life, religion, and gender in the colonial and nineteenth-century Borderlands, and his next work will be a study of interfaith and interethnic marriage in Paso del Norte and South Texas during the U.S.-Mexico War.
“What´s In a Name? The Anxiety of Identity on the Borderlands”
In recent times, the naming of two very different entities, a minor league baseball team and a new university, provoked spirited discussions over identity in two Texas Borderlands communities, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. In both places, arguments over names reveal some of the anxieties over identity and image that many residents of the region express during this time of heated anti-immigrant rhetoric and debates over the future demographic landscape of the United States. Continue reading