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April 25, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Three Southern Methodist University professors received the Dedman College Godbey Lecture Series Authors' Awards for outstanding scholarly research at a private luncheon April 23 at the SMU campus.

Award winners and their books are Alexis McCrossen, assistant professor of history, for Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday; René Prieto, professor of foreign languages and literatures, for Body of Writing: Figuring Desire in Spanish American Literature; and Sherry L. Smith, professor of history, Re-imagining Indians: Native Americans through Anglo Eyes 1880-1940.

McCrossen joined SMU in 1995 and teaches courses in American social and cultural history. Holy Day, Holiday, a book that looks at the changes in how the American culture treats the Sabbath, is her first book, published in 2000. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, McCrossen graduated from Carleton College with a bachelor's degree in history and earned a master's and doctorate in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, where she was named a Whiting Fellow in 1994-95. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers for 1999-2000 and was the Lily Faculty Fellow for Study of Protestantism in American Life in 1996.

Prieto teaches Spanish and Humanities in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at SMU. His areas of specialization are Spanish-American prose fiction and the visual arts. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree from the Sorbonne University and a doctorate from Stanford University. Body of Writing is his third book. His other books include Michelangelo Antonioni (1986) and Miguel Angel Asturias's Archaeology of Return (1993). Prieto is currently writing a book on identity in Spanish-American literature. He was on the editorial board of the Latin American Literary Review and was an editor of the Handbook of the Library of Congress for 12 years. He speaks five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and English. A recipient of four research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Prieto has received two awards for excellence in teaching: the Lawrence Perrine Phi Beta Kappa Award in 1997 and the SMU Rotunda Award in 2000.

Smith, who came to SMU in the fall of 1999 after teaching 12 years at the University of Texas at El Paso, is professor and acting director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Her areas of specialty are the American West and Native American history. Her publications include The View from Officers' Row: Army Perceptions of Western Indians (1990) and Sagebrush Soldier (1989). She currently is researching a new project on Indians, the counterculture and the New Left and is editing a book titled The Future of the Southern Plains.