Author Archives: Jennifer Koshatka Seman

About Jennifer Koshatka Seman

I am received by PhD in American History at Southern Methodist University in 2015, and I currently am a Lecturer in history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. My research focuses on faith healing in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands during the turn of the twentieth century. I am interested in gender history, the histories of violence and spirituality as they affect the border region, as well as colonial and post-colonial history.

Review of: Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries

Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, Duke University Press 2011

In Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández forcefully argues, “…violence forms the foundations of national histories and subjectivity….”  To demonstrate this, she examines four historical flashpoints: the 1851 lynching of a Mexican woman in a California mining town, the Camp Grant Indian Massacre of 1871, the erasures of racialized and sexualized violence in South Texas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the Yaqui Indian wars of 1880-1910. In the five chapters of the book (two are dedicated to the Yaquis) Guidotti-Hernández takes each of these historical flashpoints and interrogates them, showing first how they have been minimalized and erased from national histories. She then offers new analyses of these somewhat familiar incidents, illuminating how violence creates the nation-state – both Mexican and U.S. – in the context of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

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Hippies and Indians

Hippies and Indians: The New Mexico Story

January 30, 2013 at 12 noon to 1p.m. at the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hyer (formerly Hilltop) Lane & McFarlin Blvd.

A lecture by Sherry L. Smith,  Southern Methodist University Distinguished Professor of History and Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Professor Smith will speak about how the Indian and “hippie” counterculture alliance  of the 1960s played out in northern New Mexico. This lecture focuses on only one part of her newly published monograph, Hippies, Indians, and the Fight  for Red Power (Oxford, 2012) which examines the role of Indians and non-Indians in  important political events of the Red Power movement, such as the Pacific Northwest Fish-ins and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, and features pop culture icons such as Marlon Brando and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Pack a brown bag lunch (not required) and join us for what promises to be a fascinating lecture by celebrated Western historian Sherry Lynn Smith!

For more information:, 214-768-3684

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The School For Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico

ImageI was fortunate to have been invited to visit the School for Advanced Research  in Santa Fe, New Mexico by Dr. James F. Brooks, SAR President and CEO while I was conducting research on curanderismo at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Brooks took my husband and I on a tour of the beautiful SAR campus, including the Indian Arts Research Center which houses a breathtaking collection–over 12,000 pieces–of Native art of the the Southwest.  The mission of SAR is to bring together artists, scholars from a wide range of disciplines, educators and the interested public to explore questions about the human condition, evolution, culture, history and creative expression. Continue reading

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Religion and Healing at the Western History Conference 2013

Brett Hendrickson  (a Religious Studies scholar who writes about faith healing) and I are putting together a panel addressing healing, religion and spirituality in the West for the 2013 Western History Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Check out the listing here:

Dear Colleagues, > > Jennifer K. Seman, PhD candidate in history at SMU, and I invite submissions to participate on a panel at the October 9-13, 2013, Western History Association in Tucson, Arizona ( The topic of the panel, broadly conceived, is healing and religion/spirituality in the American West. Included papers deal with borderlands religious healing and folk saint phenomena. Other papers could look at (but are not limited to) medical missions to the West, faith-based hospitals and care-centers, Native American healthways, healing and religion among Asian immigrants or on the Pacific Rim, Mormon healthcare, Pentecostal healing in the West, etc. Please send an abstract (250 words or less) to Brett Hendrickson, by August 1, 2012. > Thanks, > Brett Hendrickson > Religious Studies Department > Lafayette College

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Don Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012

Don Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012

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Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders

Migration Matters: Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm

An Interdisciplinary Program on Immigration at the
U.S. – Mexico Border
Dr. Daisy L. Machado
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
Dr. Evelyn Parker
Associate Professor of Practical Theology, SMU Perkins School
of Theology
Ecocide and Femicide on the Border: Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders
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Queen of America: A Saint Losing Her Sainthood?


Queen of America, A Saint Losing her Sainthood?
A review of  Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
New York, Boston, and London: Little, Brown and Company, 2011

Luis Alberto Urrea describes Queen of America, his second book about the famous Mexican curandera Teresa Urrea (his Yaqui Indian great aunt) as a kind of science fiction story. Teresa, or Teresita as she is called, takes a train from the mystical deserts of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, to bustling turn of the century American cities, where she is surrounded by the magic of street cars, electric lights, baseball and ice cream sundaes. Continue reading

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Sunbelt Prisons

The Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University will present “Sunbelt Prisons: A New Frontier of Resistance, State Power, and Racial Oppression,” their annual public symposium on Saturday, March 24. Continue reading

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“Migration Matters” series at SMU

Rupert Garcia, 1972

Migration Matters: An Interdisciplinary Program on Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico Border

This spring, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas is hosting a thought-provoking series that addresses prescient borderlands issues and features prominent people working in borderlands studies across a variety of disciplines, “Migration Matters: An Interdisciplinary Program on Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” The series began with an evening with Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of the newly released Queen of America, as well as five books banned by the Tucson Unified School District. (Check out the “Libro Traficante Website for more about Urrea’s banned books and more in Tucson.)

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