Office of the Provost

Guest Speakers

Howard-Crawford Lecture:  Yoav Potash, “Life-changing Filmmaking”

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Olin Building Room 105

Yoav Potash, director of ‘Crime after Crime’, an award-winning Sundance Film Festival Documentary, will be talking about “Life-Changing Filmmaking.”

‘Crime after Crime’ chronicles the story of Debbie Peagler, who was imprisoned for more than a quarter of a century for her nebulous involvement in the murder of her abuser,Oliver Wilson.  Peagler’s story is one of criminal injustice marked by a disregard for domestic violence, the threat of the death penalty being used to subvert the rights of defendants to a trial, and the suppression of evidence.  Yet Peagler’s story is also one of rehabilitation and faith – her own and that of the two social activist attorneys who are determined to make the justice system live up to its name.

‘Crime after Crime’ is itself an artful work of social activism, and the prison footage included in the film is a testament to Potash’s commitment and creativity.  In his lecture, Potash will talk about the making of ‘Crime after Crime’ and the lessons he learned about the criminal justice system and filmmaking/storytelling.

In preparation for Potash’s visit, there will be a campus-wide screening of the film on Feb. 17 at 4:00 in Olin 105.  If you don’t want to wait that long to see the film, acopy of it is on reserve at Smith Library; it is also available streaming through Netflix and Amazon.  More information about the film, its context and its reception can be found here.  

Potash’s visit to Southwestern is being supported by the English Department’s Howard-Crawford Lecture Series and the Paideia Identiy Cluster.  This event is an informal celebration of the new film track in the English major.  For more information, contact Dr. Helene Meyers (  

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

Crime after Crime official website


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

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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.