Office of the Provost

Guest Speakers


Borders and Perspectives

Thursday & Friday, November 13-14, Marsha & Lynda Ballrooms

The Latin American Studies Program at Southwestern University is pleased to present a
symposium on Border Studies, featuring four invited authors and scholars from diverse
academic and activist perspectives, who will share their insight into the history, culture, and
geopolitics of the border.

To see the flyer, click here.


2014 History Colloquium
Thursday, October 9, F.W. Olin Building, Room 110, 4:00 p.m.


A special event to mark the centennial of World War I, with Dr. Jay Winter, Yale University

How have the history & memory of WWI evolved over the past century?

There have been four generations of historical interpretation of the 1914-18 conflict. The first spanned the interwar years; the second coincided with the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war; the third followed the Vietnam war, as a later instance of military disaster. Now we are in the fourth, transnational, generation, composed of women and men who write from a global perspective and see the war as much bigger than the national boundaries of the nations engaged in it. For the foreseeable future, this transnational interpretation will frame our understanding of the first fully industrialized war which spanned the globe.

To view the flyer for this event, please click here.



University of Houston, “Postcards from the Trenches” Exhibit



 Sponsored by The Departments of History, Communications Studies, Art History, Chinese, French, & German, International Studies, The Global Citizens Fund, and The Situating Place Paideia Cluster


“The End of Britain? The Rise of Scottish Nationalism and the Independence Referendum.”
Bryan Glass, Historian, Texas State University 
Wednesday, September 10, Mood-Bridwell Atrium, 4:30 p.m.


On Sept. 18, voters in Scotland will decide whether they want to break away from Britain and the United Kingdom and become an independent nation. It is a momentous referendum, with implications for the British Isles, the EU, and nationalist parties worldwide. In his lecture, Glass will provide the much-needed historical context for the vote, examining the relationship between the end of the British Empire, decolonization and the rise of Scottish nationalism, and weigh in on the referendum’s chance of success. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.  To view the flyer for this event, please click here.

Glass is the author of a new book titled The Scottish Nation at Empire’s End, which is based on his Ph.D. thesis from UT-Austin. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the lecture.


imageVisual Thinking for Engaged Learning
President’s Innovation Grants awardee Dr. Laurence Musgrove will present a workshop for interested students and faculty
Monday, April 28, 2014
Lynda Room in the McCombs Student Center
Please click here for more information


“Native Tejas: Bridging the Past, Present, and Future”

Thursday, April 10, McCombs Center Ballrooms, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

The Paideia cohort “Indigeneity,” invites you and your students to our upcoming symposium “Native Tejas: Bridging the Past, Present, and Future” on Native Peoples’ historical and contemporary relations with their homelands and other communities in “Texas.” After opening remarks from several SU students and faculty, each guest speaker will deliver 20-minute presentations, followed by an extensive Q&A with the audience.

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Howard-Crawford Lecture Series

Screening of Orson Welles’ Othello
followed by Q & A with Dr. Scott Newstok
Monday, March 17, at 7:30 pm
F.W. Olin Bldg., Room 110

“Crafting Freedom”, presented by Scott Newstok
Tuesday, March 18, at 4:00 pm
Connie McNab Ballroom

View flyer here.


Award-winning author Lesléa Newman will be delivering the talk:

“He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard”

Tuesday, March 4, 4:00pm
Mood Bridwell Atrium

imageLesléa Newman most recent work, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, (Candlewick Press, 2012), is a cycle of 68 poems exploring the cultural, political, and emotional impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder. Her groundbreaking book, Heather Has Two Mommies, (published in 1990), was the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in an open and positive way. She has written over 60 books for children, young adults, and adults, including A Letter to Harvey Milk, Nobody’s Mother, Hachiko Waits, Write from the Heart, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, The Best Cat in the World, Felicia’s Favorite Story, Too Far Away to Touch, Saturday Is Pattyday, Mommy, Mama, and Me, and Daddy, Papa, and Me, and many more. Her books have dealt with a wide range of issues, including lesbian identity, Jewish identity and heritage, AIDS, eating disorders, and sexual abuse. Lesléa has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has won the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, and the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement. She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. She has taught at the Stonecoast MFA Program, and at Clark University, and she is currently on the faculty of Spalding University’s Brief Residency MFA Program.

Please click here to view the flyer and here for more information.

This talk is made possible by the support of the Feminist Studies Program, The Office of
Counseling Services, the English Department, and the Writer-in-Residence Speaker’s

Leslie M. Harris, “Writing a Personal Urban History Of New Orleans”

Leslie M. Harris, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities and Associate Professor, History and African American Studies, Emory University; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m. in Mood-Bridwell Atrium
F.W. Olin Building, Room 110, Public Lecture

Please click here for more information.

In this talk, Dr. Harris explores her experiences as a professional historian who, in the aftermath of the 2005 Hurricane Season, decides to use memoir and family history as a way to understand the history of New Orleans. The attention New Orleans has received during the Katrina years has inspired her to understand longstanding issues of race and class in the city, as well as what it has meant to live in such an environmentally fragile place. Researching and writing such a history also at times challenges her own and her family’s understanding of how they fit into that history. She will explore the challenges of doing family history, not only for the historian, but for the family members involved as well.

  • Dr. Franklin Knight

    History Colloquium
    John Hopkins University
    Wednesday, November 10, 2011 4:00 P.M.
    Julie Puett Howry Center
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  • John P. Mackey

    Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer
    Whole Foods Market, Inc.
    A. Frank Smith, Jr. Lecture Series
    Monday, November 29, 2011 4:00 P.M.
    Alma Thomas Theater
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  • Miranda Loud

    Director and Producer of The Elephant Project, Phase II
    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:00 P.M.
    F. W. Olin Building, Room 110

  • Mary Margaret Navar

    Talk on Ethnographic Research Methods within the context of her
    Anthropological Research in a Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexicoto
    Wednesday, February 9, 1:50 P.M.
    Contact:  Dr. Brenda Sendejo

  • Daniel Carter

    Post-doctorate fellow, University of south at Sewanee 
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:00 P.M.
    F. W. Olin Building, Room 110
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  • Dr. Mel Y. Chen

    Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies
    University of California at Berkeley
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
    Connie McNab Ballroom
    McCombs Campus Center
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  • Dr. Ricio Magana

    Assistant Professor Anthropology, Rutgers University
    National Center for Institutional Diversity Fellow, University of Michigan
    Monday, March 7, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
    Prothro Room
    Smith Library Center
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  • Dr. Jason Sokol

    Lecturer in the Department of African
    and African American Studies
    Harvard University
    Monday, March 28, 2011, 4:30 P.M.
    FW Olin Room 110
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  • Dr. Caroline Levander

    2011 Howard Crawford Lecture, English Department
    Professor of English, Director, Humanities in Research
    Rice University
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
    Mood-Bridwell Atrium
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  • Dr. Meghana Nayak

    Rethinking Global Politics:  Why it’s not always about the U.S.
    1997 Southwestern University Graduate
    Thursday, April 14, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
    Mood-Bridwell Atrium
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  • Dr. M. Cristina Alcalde

    The Woman in the Violence:  Gender, Poverty, and Resistance in Peru
    Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies
    University of Kentucky
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 4:00 P.M.
    Prothro Room, Smith Library Center    
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  • This event is part of the month-long series
    September 11, 2001: Memories, Legacies and Aftermaths Ten Years Later

    Lawrence Wright will give a film screening of his HBO documentary
    My Trip to Al-Qaeda

    4:00-6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 105
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  • Watercolors and World History
    Art in the Service of Empire

    2011 History Colloquium
    Dr. Laura J. Mitchell
    Thursday, October 27, 2011, 4:30-5:30 pm
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 110
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  • History and Rhetoric
    In the Quinatzin Map of Circa 1542

    2011 International Studies Lecture Series
    Dr. Eduardo de J. Douglas
    Thursday, November 17, 2011, 4-5:00 pm
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 110
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  • The Hoard Crawford Lecture Series and the Department of English present
    Dr. James McWilliams, Department of History
    Texas State University, San Marcos
    Thursday, March 22, 2012, 4-5:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Hall Atrium
    Reception to immediately follow lecture

  • The Perfect Game (Das perfekte Spiel)

    A Reading by Herbert Genzmer
    Thursday, March 22, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Frank Smith Jr. Library, Prothro Room - 1st Floor
    Snacks and drinks at the cafe downstairs after the reading
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  • On Being a Writer

    Elizabeth McCracken
    Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Hall Atrium
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    (Coordinated by John Pipkin) 

  • Mud Offerings

    A Chicanita has it out with the Virgen de Guadalupe
    A solo play written and performed by Natalie Marlena Goodnow
    This performance is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
    the Feminist Studies Program, the Theatre Department, Kappa Delta Chi sorority, and
    Latinos Unidos
    Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:30 pm
    Sarofim School of Fine Arts Building, Heather Hall
    Q&A follows the performance
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  • The Writing Life

    Tom Grimes
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Hall Atrium
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    (Coordinated by John Pipkin)

  • Poetry Writing Workshop

    Scott Wiggerman
    Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9 am - Noon
    Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, Room 147
    (Coordinated by John Pipkin)

  • Rethinking The World Water Problem

    Public Lecture
    Dr. John Agnew, UCLA Dept. of Geography
    October 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Q&A and reception to immediately follow
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 105
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    (Sponsored by the SU Theta of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa) 

  • Popular Sovereignty, the French Revolution and the Transformation of International Law, 1789-92

    Edward J. Kolla, Assistant Professor
    Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:00 pm (reception follows)
    Mood-Bridwell Atrium
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  • Oscar Casares “The Writing Life”

    Talk on what it means to be a writer
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Julie Puett Howry Center
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  • Southwestern University 2013 History Colloquium

    “Riots, Schools, and Clinics: Writing the History of Medicine in Latin America”
    Professor David Sowell of Juaniata College
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 110, Public Lecture
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  • 2013 Jesse Ames Daniel Lecture

    Wendy L. Brown, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley
    April 8, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. in Olin 105, followed by a reception
    Other events featuring Professor Brown at SU
      -  She will lead a Student Reading Group on 4/9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Lord Center;   
          pizza lunch will be served.
      -  She will give a Faculty Workshop on her recent work on 4/9 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Merzbach Room.
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  • Brian Turner and His Poetry

    Reading of his poetry and a discussion of his work
    Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Hall
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  • An Alternative to the Alternatives: Why Current Approaches to
    Sustainable Animal Agriculture Fail

    Dr. Jimmy McWilliams
    Thursday, March 22, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Atrium
    Reception immediately follows
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  • Jesse Daniel Ames Lecture 2012

    Guest Lecturer, Dr. Dorothy Roberts
    Race, Gender, and the New Biocitizen
    Tuesday, February 7, 2012
    Contact:  Dr. Alison Kafer

  • Chinese Cartographic Practices and Frontier Politics

    2011 International Studies Lecture Series
    Dr. Laura Hostetler
    Thursday, November 10, 2011, 4-5:30 pm
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 110
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  • “Fair Ophelia” in Victorian and Asian Visual and Performance Cultures

    Dr. Alexander Huang
    George Washington University
    Friday, October 28, 2011, 1:00-2:00 pm
    Mood-Bridwell Building, Atrium
    Reception to Follow
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  • History Colloquium 2011

    Dr. Laura J. Mitchell
    Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
    Watercolors and World History: Art in the Service of Empire
    4:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 27, 2011
    F.W. Olin Building, Room 110

  • Camp Victory Afghanistan

    A film by Carol Dysinger
    Film screening and panel discussion
    Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
    4:30 to 6:30 pm
    FW Olin Bldg. Room 105
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  • Jesse Daniel Ames Lecture 2011

    Silvia Henriquez
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:00 P.M.
    Red McCombs Campus Center
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