A mostly up-to-date list of talks and presentations

 

• Moderator, Texas Book Festival: "Texas Institute of Letters' Prize Winners." Austin, TX. November 4, 2017.

• "The Counterculture and the Written Word." Panel discussion with Baine Kerr, April Smith, Scott McFarlane. Revisiting the Summer of Love, Rethinking the Counterculture Conference. Northwestern University, San Francisco. July 29, 2017.

• "Writing Texas." Humanities Texas Teacher Institute. University of Houston. June 21, 2017.

• "Writing Texas." Humanities Texas Teacher Institute. Texas State University. June 7, 2017.

• Introduction for Sandra Cisneros. Texas State University. April 30, 2017.

• "Texas Literature and the Golden Triangle." Lamar University. April 19, 2017.

• Emcee, Texas Institute of Letters Awards Banquet. Ardovino's Desert Crossing. El Paso, TX. April 8, 2017.

• Moderator, Texas Book Festival: "Texas Institute of Letters' Prize Winners." Austin, TX. November 5, 2016.

• "Dobie Dichos" (one of the featured speakers at this annual event celebrating J. Frank Dobie's life and legacy) Oakville, Texas. November 4, 2016.

• "James Crumley’s Profane Majesty." Western Literature Association. Big Sky, MT. September 24, 2016.

• Moderator. "Marc Simmons: Southwest Treasures from the Maverick Historian." Wittliff Collections, Texas State University. September 17, 2016.

• "Ay Tu: A Visit to the Sandra Cisneros Archive at the Wittliff Collections." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. February 13, 2016.

• "A conversation on Dallas 1963." Friends of the Hillsboro Library, Hillsboro, TX. October 19, 2015.

• "The Crossings: Cormac McCarthy on the Trail of J. Frank Dobie." Western Literature Association, Reno, NV. October 16, 2015.

• Keynote speaker, J. Frank Dobie Lecture Series on J. Frank Dobie, Coastal Bend College, October 8, 2015.

• “Dallas in the Kennedy Years.” Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, December 2014.

• “The Brave Bulls Collide: J. Frank Dobie and Tom Lea.” Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas. October 2014.

• “Dallas 1963,” San Antonio Book Festival, April 2014.

• “Dallas 1963: Did the Tea Party Do It?” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, February, 2014.

• Panel discussion on the Kennedy Assassination, Miami Book Fair International, November 2013.

• “A conversation on Dallas 1963,” CSPAN book tent, Texas Book Festival, October, 2013.

• “Mining Dobie’s Mexico: A folklorist’s influence on Cormac McCarthy and Edwin “Bud” Shrake. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, February, 2013.

• “Seeking Social Justice: The Literature of Dallas 1963.” Western Literature Association, Lubbock, TX. November 2012.

• “Women Writers of Texas: How the Men Got Everything Wrong,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Texas Region, San Marcos, TX. February 25, 2012.

• “Texas Literature, the First 470 Years (Give or Take a Few Days),” Philosophical Society of Texas, Dallas, TX. February 4, 2012. Printed by Humanities Texas in its May 2012 newsletter

• “Inventing the Sixties: The Atomic Bomb and the Texas Counterculture as Seen in Bud Shrake's But Not for Love,” Western Literature Association, Missoula, MT. October 6, 2011.

• Conference Presentation: “J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind,” Texas Folklore Society Annual Meeting, San Marcos, TX. April 22, 2011.

• Sponsored talk on J. Frank Dobie. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. February 5, 2011

• Sponsored talk: “Cabeza de Vaca and Early Texas History.” Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria, TX. January 27, 2011.

• Sponsored talk on J. Frank Dobie. Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria, TX. November 4, 2010.

• Sponsored talk on J. Frank Dobie. University of Texas at Arlington, Friends of the Library. September 17, 2010.

• Invited talk on J. Frank Dobie. New Braunfels Public Library. August 11, 2010

• Conference Presentation: “The FBI's Secret Investigation of J. Frank Dobie,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, February 10, 2010.

• Two Texas Firebrands: J. Frank Dobie and Molly Ivins: Discussion with Bill Minutaglio at the Texas Book Festival, October 16, 2009.

• Conference Presentation: “Not Your Grandfather’s Racist: J. Frank Dobie and the Emergence of the Multicultural West.” Western Literature Association annual conference. Spearfish, SD. October 2, 2009.

• Keynote speaker, American Studies Association of Texas Annual Conference, November 14, 2008.


• Conference Presentation: “Strange Peaches: Dallas 1963 and the Making of a Great American Novel,” Western Literature Association annual conference, Boulder, CO, October 3, 2008.

• Moderator: “Writing the Line,” with Sarah Bird, Elizabeth Crook, and Stephen Harrigan. November 9, 2006. Southwestern Writers Collection.

• Conference Presentation: “Eros in Dobie Country: The Undiscovered Archives,” Western Literature Association annual conference, Boise, ID, October 28, 2006.

• Conference Presentation: “Dagoberto Gilb vs. Texas Monthly: What Really Happened?” Paper presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 9, 2006.

• Moderator: “Courage at the Typewriter,” with Beverly Lowry, Celia Morris, and Benjamin Alire Sáenz. November 10, 2005. Southwestern Writers Collection.

• Chair, “The Texas Literary Scene in the Late Twentieth Century, Texas State Historical Association Conference. Fort Worth, Texas, March 3, 2005.

• Panel Discussion: Texas Book Festival, moderated by Sarah Bird. October 31, 2004.

• Conference Presentation: “Texas Literary Outlaws.” Paper presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 9, 2004.

• Conference Presentation: “Absurdism in the Southwest: Edwin Shrake's Blessed McGill.” Paper presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 13, 2003.

• “Pigskin Lit: Sportswriting’s Influence on Texas Literature.” Presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 9, 2002.

• Presentation: “Texas Literature: Hell on Women and Horses?” “Herstory” luncheon series, Texas State University. April 2, 2001.

• Panelist: Symposium on Texas Music and Culture. Philosophy Dialogue Series, Texas State University. March 21, 2001.

• “Dallas 1963: The JFK Assassination and Its Impact on Texas Writers.” Presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, March. 10, 2001.

• Panelist: “Care and Feeding of Archives,” Texas Association of Museums annual conference, April 2000.

• “Billy Lee Brammer and the Emerging Texas Counterculture.” Presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 12, 2000.

• “Screenwriters’ Archives and what They Tell Us About the Film Industry.” Presented to the Austin Screenwriters’ League, Texas State University-San Marcos, Jan 24, 1999.

• “South Texas in Literature, History, and Music.” Presented to Elderhostel group, Texas State University-San Marcos, Feb. 20, 1998.

• “A Multicultural Tour of Texas Music.” Presented to Southwestern Studies Seminar, Texas State University-San Marcos. San Marcos, TX, April 27, 1997.

• “Texas History as Expressed in its Literature.” Presented to Elderhostel group, Texas State University-San Marcos, Feb. 9, 1997.

• “Américo Paredes’ George Washington Gómez: The Novel as History.” Presented to the Conference on the Emerging Literature of the Borderlands. El Paso, TX, Oct. 30, 1995.

• “So Dry the Cows were giving Evaporated Milk: Southwestern Weather in Folklore, Fact, and Fiction.” Presented to the SW/Texas Popular Culture Association annual conference. Stillwater, OK, Feb. 9, 1995.