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Unearthing Texas Histories


April 25, 2024

12:00-3:00 PM

GLAS 311

Zoom is also available


In this final event of the Humanities, Land, Sea, Space (HLSS) Initiative, COMM graduate student Valentina Aduen will reflect on her recent fieldwork with the descendants of freedom colonies in Crockett, Texas, who are dealing with the negative environmental impacts of pipelines running through property over which they have tenuous control. Dr. Amanda Mixon (Texas State University) will share their archival research on gay bars, community formation, racial dynamics, policing practices, cultural representations, and military suasion in San Antonio to highlight the ongoing need for further exploration and study of historic gay spaces across Texas. Invited artist JD Pluecker will give a lecture about her ongoing project "The Unsettlements" which traces the impacts of eight generations of her mainly German settler-colonial family in Houston and across so-called Texas by attending to site-specific histories of memory, silence, and memorialization. HLSS Initiative founder Dr. Emily Brady and current convener Dr. AJ Baginski will reflect on what the Initiative has made possible in terms of the Environmental Humanities at Texas A&M and elsewhere.

Images of JD Pluecker's work

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Mayra Santos-Febres

New recording available!

Mayra Santos-Febres (UPR-Río Piedras) delivered a keynote lecture, “Afro-Latinx Poetry: an Invisibilized Canon,” at the February 29 AfroLatinx Life & Writing Symposium. Access the video below.