In Celebration of Homecoming and the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the College of Liberal Arts
Please join the Department of History for the Roundtable
“1967 IN HISTORY AND MEMORY”
Oct. 6, 5:00-7:00, Liberal Arts Building 323
The first UTEP Borderlands History Conference took place on campus in early November, bringing together scholars of the borderlands from both Mexico and the United States to address the theme, "The State in/of Borderlands History." The conference opened with a keynote address by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, author of MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, entitled “Caged Birds: Immigration and the Rise of Mexican Incarceration in the United States.” A full slate of scholarly panels followed on Saturday November 7. We look forward to doing this again in the spring of 2017. For details and images of the conference, see http://borderlandshistory.org/
Grand Opening of Museum Exhibit, “The Vision and the Legacy of La Mujer Obrera,” Oct. 3, 2015, 4-6 p.m., Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas (Sponsored by La Mujer Obrera, Museo Urbano/History Department, and Chicano Studies at UTEP)
Congratulations to our newly arrived specialist in the history of the U.S. in the World, Patrick Iber, for the publication of his book, Neither Peace Nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America (Harvard University Press, 2015)
Congratulations to Selfa Chew, former Ph.D. student and Visiting Professor, for the publication of her book, Uprooting Community: Japanese Mexicans, World War II, and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Arizona, 2015).
Congratulations to Heather Sinclair, doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Heather received a Dr. Diana Natalicio Doctoral Fellowship, from the University of Texas at El Paso. This fellowship will help her complete her dissertation, entitled "Borderline Maternities: 'Stratified Reproduction' and the Transformation of Midwifery from a Mexican Practice to a White Profession in the Twentieth-Century U.S.-Mexico." Special thanks go out to her mentors, Drs. Ernesto Chavez and Sandy McGee Deutsch. Congratulations Heather!
Department Receives Equity Award from the American Historical Association
The Department of History has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Equity Award, bestowed annually by the American Historical Association upon an institution that has demonstrated an exceptional record in the recruitment and retention of students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups under-represented within the historical professions. “Since its inception (in 1999), the department has been a national leader in training and graduating students of color,” the selection committee commented. “Its programmatic focus on recruitment, mentoring, professional development and job placement has resulted in 17 minority Ph.D. recipients since 1999 and alumni who are teaching and publishing at universities across the globe.”
Dr. Leyva Receives Award from the American Historical Association
Yolanda Chavez Leyva received the 2016 Herbert Feis Award, for her distinguished contributions to public history. “Yolanda Chavez Leyva has contributed to the democratization of history by giving voice to residents of one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the United States,” the selection committee commented. “Establishing the Museo Urbano, a ‘museum without walls,’ Professor Leyva has overseen oral history projects, museum exhibits, publications and public programs documenting the rich history of the Segundo Barrio in El Paso, while striving to empower residents of the community to use this understanding of the past to shape their future. Professor Leyva’s scholarship affirms the pluralism of American society.”
Department Receives Career Diversity Award
The Department of History received a Career Diversity Grant from the American Historical Association to prepare doctoral students for professions outside of the academy. The grant will fund a series of workshops with history PhD’s working in careers as diverse as the National Park Service, state archives, public museums, historical research firms, and scholarly editing. Students will work with mentors in these fields to gain a better appreciation of the skills that are required to excel in careers outside of a university setting. The grant nicely compliments a grant received from the UTEP Graduate School, "The Next Generation Humanities PhD," which also seeks to expand the employment horizons of PhD students across the Humanities.