Matthew Babcock traveled to Spain this summer thanks to research grants from the History Department and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. He presented a paper at the Congreso de Americanistas in Seville and conducted research in various archives for his dissertation, “Turning Apaches into Spaniards: North America’s Forgotten Indian Reservations.”
artists promoted the Native American and Hispanic cultures of the region, often as a reaction to the forces of modernization, and took the students on several field trips in the Taos area. Later in the summer, Alicia used the Hutchison Fellowship from the Clements Center to travel to archives in South Texas in order to research the impact of financial failure and bankruptcy on the lives of individuals and communities along the Texas-Mexico border between 1898 and 1941.
Anna Banhegyi returned this summer to her native Hungary for a family visit. While there she traveled to London to consult with Sir Christopher Frayling, who offered suggestions on research for her dissertation on "Where Karl Marx Meets Osceola: Ideology and Mythology in the Eastern-Bloc Western." Anna used the Wellington/Mohraz Fellowship from the Clements Center to do research in the federal archives in Berlin as well as the film school and museum in Potsdam. She also attended the Karl May Festival in Bad Segeberg (near Hamburg), where she interviewed the actor Gojko Mitic. This fall Anna, along with Alicia Dewey and Helen McLure, will present papers and/or participate in round-table discussions at the Western History Association meeting in St. Louis.
Constance Bradford is teaching at Collin County Community College, one course at the Frisco campus and the other in Plano, and Jim Dudlo is teaching full-time at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas.
Gabriel Martinez-Serna wrote a review of *José Cuello’s book, Saltillo Colonial: orígenes y formación de una sociedad mexiana en la frontera norte, for the fall 2006 issue of Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He will contribute a chapter to Bernard Bailyn’s forthcoming book, “Soundings in Atlantic History.” Gabriel has participated in Bailyn’s International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University for three years in a row, this past summer as the moderator of two panels on the mendicant orders and the Jesuits in Spanish America. Only the very best papers have been selected for the forthcoming volume, and Gabriel’s work on the Jesuit networks in the Atlantic world, according to Bailyn, is an “excellent example of…the integrity of the Atlantic world, its coherence as a regional unit, its systematic coherence, its vital commonalities, [and] the way the parts contribute to the whole.” Also, this summer the Foster/McElhaney Fellowship from the Clements Center allowed him to travel in Mexico to do research in the archives of Parras, Saltillo, Monterrey, Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, and Mexico City, for his project on the Jesuit mission and colegio in Parras, Coahuila, one of the earliest in Mexico. During his research, he had the good fortune to find an untapped Jesuit archive dating from 1605, which is the basis of his dissertation on “Jesuits, Indians, and Viticulture in the Making of a Frontier Town: Santa María de las Parras, Nueva Vizcaya, 1598-1822.”
David Rex Galindo received the Clements Center ‘s Watson/Coffee Fellowship, which he used to work in the Nettie Lee Benson Collection at the University of Texas in Austin and in San Antonio’s Catholic Archives, for his study of “the Indian” in Franciscan ideology and its influence on Indian-missionary relations.
Jeff Schulze’s pre-doctoral fellowship in Borderlands History has been renewed at Texas Tech University for 2006-07.