Common Currents: Contested Histories Panel Discussion @ Southwest School of Art, San Antonio [14 March]

Common Currents: Contested Histories Panel Discussion

18:00 - 19:30

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Southwest School of Art
300 Augusta St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion in complement to our Common Currents art exhibition, which takes an interpretive look into San Antonio history. Panelist will include noted historians: Kirsten Gardner, John Phillip Santos and Frank de la Teja, who will address questions as to how and for whom history is recorded and presented. The discussion will be facilitated by Chad Dawkins.

Common Currents is designed to illuminate 300 years of San Antonio history. In celebration of San Antonio’s seminal Tricentennial year, six downtown artist-centric organizations: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio, and Southwest School of Art, will partner to present an exhibition that will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history.

Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja
Dr. de la Teja was named Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies in 2012, Regents’ Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University until his retirement last year. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, most recently Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) and Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: The Other Civil War Texas (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). Formerly the book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (1997-2014), he served as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009), and as president of the Texas State Historical Association (2007-2008). Currently he serves on the board of directors of Humanities Texas and on the advisory board of the San Jacinto Museum of History. He is a recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Catholic Historical Society, and a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.

John Phillip Santos
John Phillip Santos serves as a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies to the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation. Santos completed his newest book, The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire in 2009. He also has produced documentaries and news programs in 16 countries for CBS and PBS on culture, religion, politics and spirituality, and some of which have been nominated for Emmys. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for Fiction and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is a past member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in English Literature from Oxford University, where he was the first Latino Rhodes Scholar.

Kirsten E. Gardner
Kirsten E. Gardner, Associate Professor of History, teaches in the Department of History, Program of Women’s Studies, and American Studies Program. In 2015, she was honored with the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She is also a member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and a winner of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Core Curriculum. Dr. Gardner earned a B.A. from Georgetown University; M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati; and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on issues of women's health, technology and healthcare, and women and the military. Gardner has published her research and reviews in several book chapters and many academic journals including The Journal of Women's History; Enterprise and Society; Literature and Medicine; Gender, Health and Popular Culture: Historical Perspectives; Beauty and Business: Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America; and Artificial Parts and Practical Lives: Modern History of Prosthetics.

Image: Gary Sweeney, Coming Soon!, 2018.
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