Historian to Speak at WT

October 13, 2016

CONTACT:    Dr. Alex Hunt, 806-651-2457, ahunt@wtamu.edu


Historian to Speak at WT’s Inaugural Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s newly established Center for the Study of the American West will host its inaugural Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies with award-winning Colorado historian Patricia Limerick in a presentation titled “Both Stranger and Kin: Wrestling—Successfully!—with the Riddle of Texas’s Place in the American West.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) was authorized by The Texas A&M University System last April and is currently in its initial stages of operation. CSAW is charged with promoting teaching, research and public outreach concerning the American West and regional studies between WTAMU, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and community partners. The Garry L. Nall Lectures in Western Studies, named for the beloved retired WT history professor and editor of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, will be a biannual event, with lectures in fall and spring at the museum.

Limerick is a professor of history, faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. In January of 2016, she was named Colorado State Historian. Her influential works on Western American history include The Legacy of Conquest, A Ditch in Time, and Something in the Soil. She is a MacArthur Fellow, winner of UC Boulder’s Hazel Barnes Prize and is a former president of the Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association, the Western History Association and the Society of American Historians. For a time, she wrote a column for the New York Times as well as the Denver Post. Limerick was recently named to the council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been recognized for her work at the Center of the West at UC Boulder for bringing diverse constituencies to the table to discuss difficult and sometimes controversial issues facing the American West.

“Limerick is a truly remarkable individual,” Dr. Alex Hunt, director the WTAMU Center for the Study of the American West, said. “She is among the most highly-regarded American historians of our era, and certainly the best-known of the New Western Historians, who really reinvigorated the field. In my opinion, it is largely thanks to her work that we continue to recognize the vitality of the American West both in academia and in popular culture. The West is important, and we need to keep talking about it.”

CSAW represents the University’s effort to bring together many experts on campus in a concerted effort at maintaining excellent scholarship and teaching, as well as promoting public lectures. The Oct. 27 event is co-sponsored by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Cornette Library and the WT Gender Studies Program.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will close with light refreshments and a book signing with Limerick. For more information, contact Hunt at ahunt@wtamu.edu.



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