Garry L. Nall Lecture Series

Honoring Dr. Garry L. Nall’s exceptional service to WTAMU and his scholastic accomplishments, this Endowed Lecture Series supports CSAW’s mission to promote the study of the American West. Each semester CSAW invites a noted scholar to participate in a community lecture, classroom lecture(s), a question & answer discussion session, and small group outings with students (typically CSAW interns and Western American Studies minors). 

Comprised of the fall Western Scholars Lecture and spring Western Writers Lecture, this lecture series brings Western historians artists to WTAMU’s campus.

Fall 2019 Lecture:

On October 24, José E. Limón will present his lecture, “Streets of Laredo,” as part of the CSAW Nall lecture series. At this event, Limón will discuss how the song has influenced various genres of literature and popular culture. He will also address the lack of ethnic Mexican identity in these adaptations juxtaposed to the reality of Laredo as a Hispanic/Mexican border place.

Student entries from the “Streets of Laredo” art contest will be on display and student musicians will perform the song.

Schedule of Oct. 24 events:
  • 3-4 p.m. author Q&A (Cornette Library)
  • 7:30 p.m. “Streets of Laredo” lecture (JBK Legacy Hall, WTAMU campus)
  • 8:45-9:30 p.m. dessert reception and book signing (JBK Legacy Hall)

Spring 2019 Lecture:

On Tuesday, April 9, Stephen Graham Jones presented "Growing up Dead in Texas," the next installment in the Garry L. Nall lecture series. 7 p.m. at JBK Legacy Hall. Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen and a half novels, six story collections, a couple of novellas, and a couple of one-shot comic books. Most recent are Mapping the Interior and My Hero. Next is [still secret, as of 3.1.19]. Jones lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado. For more on Jones, visit:

This event was made possible with help from the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts. Free and open to the public.

Fall 2018 Lecture:

"Coming of Age on a Southwest Cultural Borderland: A New Mexico Story," presented by David Wallace Adams. 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 . at JBK Legacy Hall. Reception will begin at 6 p.m. (light snacks and refreshments provided), and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Earlier that day, guests can attend an author Q&A with David Wallace Adams from 3-4 p.m. in the Cornette Library Blackburn Room.

This event was made possible with the help of WT's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Past lecturers include:

  • Spring 2017 - S. C. Gwynne (writer): "On Offense: Writing West Texas from Comanche Wars to Tech Football." Click below to see the:
  • Fall 2016 - Patricia Limerick (scholar): "Both Stranger and Kin: Wrestling--Successfully!--with the Riddle of Texas's Place in the American West." Click below to see the: 
  • Spring 2016 - Philipp Meyer (writer)
  • Fall 2015 - Dan Flores (historian)