Annual Meeting 2017 Theme: I AM History
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX from September 6-9.
I’m part of the conference committee and will be part of the group reviewing proposals. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need presentation and/or panel ideas: http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/
Proposals are submitted online and are due December 9. Contact Bethany Hawkins with any questions at email@example.com or 615-320-3203.
The UTEP Department of History hosted “Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Mario T. Garcia: A Graduate Student Roundtable Discussion of Chicana/o Movement History,” as part of the University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Rubin Center Auditorium on the University campus.
According to the UTEP History Department, Dr. Mario T. Garcia received his BA and MA from the Department of History at UTEP in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego. He is the author of several influential books, including Desert Immigrants: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920, which focuses on the history of El Paso between 1880 and 1920; as well as The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century; The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America; and Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice. He has published approximately twenty titles in all. Dr. Garcia has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently a distinguished professor of History and Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been a faculty member for 41 years. The roundtable included student discussions of their research in Chicana/o history, followed by comments from Dr. Mario T. Garcia about his life’s work. In his presentation, Dr. Garcia spoke about his development as a historian and his challenges and opportunities in writing Chicana/o history.
Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, opened the session and Dr. Ernesto Chavez, Associate Professor (far right) introduced Dr. Garcia. Student panelists included (from right to left): Dennis Aguirre, Doctoral Candidate; Melanie Rodriguez, Doctoral Candidate; Angelina Martinez, Doctoral student; Blanca Garcia, Doctoral student; and David Robles, Doctoral Candidate.
When fellow contributor Dr. Michael Bess inquired as to my interest in writing an essay about why the Oscar Castillo exhibit was organized as part of the Western History Association, I wholeheartedly accepted his offer. One of the reasons we organized the exhibit was to show that the study of history is not separate from engaging with communities we are researching and writing about. Secondly, we felt organizing the exhibit would add another dimension to a 55th Annual WHA Conference in Portland, October 21-24, 2015. Having had the experience of attending numerous conferences over the years as an academic librarian and archivist, I feel it is important to engage with the communities where we hold our conferences and what better way than via an exhibit. I want to preface my essay by acknowledging that the exhibit was the product of a 10-month process and a group effort. Also, if not for the intervention of Dr. John W. Heaton, Executive Director of the Western History Association, it probably would not have been included in the conference program at all.
Organizing the Exhibit
On December 20, 2014, my paper titled “The 1972 Raza Unida Party Convention,” was accepted for the 55th Annual Western History Association as part of the panel “The Chicano/a Movement as Western History Emerging Scholars.” I had the idea to organize a parallel event in the community to accompany the panel. I approached the photographer Oscar R. Castillo, a Los Angeles-based photographer whose archive is housed at the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA where I was employed in 2008, to see if he would be interested in exhibiting his photography in Portland, as part of the WHA. I had organized events remotely before. In 2008-2009, I was chair of the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) conference and working with a group of volunteer oral historians, faculty members and librarians, we organized a regional meeting at the University of Southern California, via e-mail and phone calls. For the Castillo exhibit, I felt all I had to do was locate a venue, perhaps a university or community college gallery in Portland willing to host the exhibit.
You are invited to attend a lecture by UTEP Professor Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd on the “Lost” Apache Treaty of 1852, on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at El Paso Museum of Archaeology. FREE.
Keynote Speaker, Panels and Panelists:
Friday, November 6, 2015.
Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernández (above) from UCLA presented the conference keynote address from her latest work titled: “Caged Birds: immigration and the Rise Of Mexican Incarceration in the United States” — at El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, University of Texas at El Paso.
Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Dr. Julian Lim (above), Assistant Professor, from Arizona State University, presents her paper titled: “Space Outside States?: Borderlands, Statelessness, and Migrations” at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso/University as part of the Panel 1: “Borders, Bodies and the State.”
Conference organizer Heather Sinclair (above), Doctoral Candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso, presented her paper “Borders, Bodies, and Babies: The State and Precarious Reproduction In the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1922-1942.” at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso/University.