2016 ASAT Conference Schedule


60th Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT)

Nov. 10-12, 2016 at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas



2:00-4:00-Conference Registration Lowman Student Center (LSC) #307                              

4:00-5:45-Session A:

SHSU Faculty/Graduate Student Panel Presentation-German Immigrants, Mexican Americans, and Modern Feminists: The Struggle for Inclusion and Democracy in the United States” Ruth Massingill (SHSU), Moderator Jeff Littlejohn, Panel Chair; Jami Horne “She’s Beauty, She’s Grace, She’s Fighting for Her Sister’s Sake”: Women’s Liberation and Female Beauty in the Late 60s”; April Paluka “Mexican Americans in World War One: Private Emilio Gonzalez” Brianna Weaver “Texas Settlement: Deception in the German Hills”

6:00-Conference Kick-Off Happy Hour Event at Patio on the Square, 1115 University Avenue, (936)-439-6620                                                                                                                           

***Dinner on your own (see list of local restaurants included in conference information)***               ENJOY YOUR EVENING!


7:45-2:00-Conference Registration LSC #307

 (Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the adjoining room-please help yourself)   

7:45-Breakfast LSC #320

*Announcements and Opening Remarks-Barbara Miles (SHSU), President/ Conference Coordinator, ASAT 2016    

*Conference Welcome-Jake Blevins, Chair, SHSU Department of English

*“In Memory of President Dan R. Jones”-Sean Ferrier-Watson (Colin College)                                                           

9:00-Session A1: Remembering Paul Ruffin Through his Poetry and Prose-Barbara Miles (SHSU), Moderator                                                                                                            

Cassy Burleson (Baylor) “Hiding in the Aisles at Wal-Mart”–selected poetry; Kim Davis (SHSU) an excerpt from “The Pond” from Islands, Women, and God; Robert Donahoo (SHSU) “The Lady with the Quick Simile” from Travels with George in Search of Ben-Hur                                                                                      

9:00-Session A2: SHSU Faculty Panel Discussion-Texas Firsts: Landmark Court Cases in the Lone Star State-Carroll Nardone (SHSU), Moderator  Frank Fair, Panel Chair; Thomas Cox “The Journey of the Pershing Chinese in Texas”; Jeff Littlejohn “‘I Have Contempt for the Putrid Souls Who Did This to Me’: The Trial of Texas Congressman John Dowdy”; Wesley Phelps “Before Lawrence v. Texas: The Role of Baker v. Wade in the Long Struggle to Overturn the Texas Homosexual Conduct Law”                                                          

10:30-Session B1: The Ideology and Imagination of Wellness-Cassy Burleson (Baylor), Moderator Valencia Browning-Keen and Janis White (SHSU) “Locating Appropriate French Foods and Fashions using the French Paradox for Healthy Lifestyles”; John Schulze (MWSU) “An Ontology of Disaster: A Short Story”                                                          

10:30-Session B2: Literary and Cinematic Interpretation-Barbara Miles (SHSU), Moderator  Nadia Arensdorf (SHSU) “Interpreting a Trio of Crane Stories”; Greg Giddings (MWSU) “Masculinity in Pat Conroy’s My Losing Season”; Grant Wiedenfeld (SHSU) “Forrest Gump Imagines American History: Racial Integration CGI Cinema, and the New South”                                                                                                                                                   

12:15-1:45: Luncheon Program LSC #320    

 *Abbey Zink, Dean, SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences  *Keynote Presentation: Carmen Tafolla, UT-San Antonio         

 2:00-Session C1: TAMU-Corpus Christi Faculty/Student Panel Discussion-Innovative Perspectives on Latino Higher Education in South Texas-Lee Courtney (SHSU), Moderator Charles Etheridge (co-authors Beth Mock and Abdullah Alalawi) “Del Mar College and Latino/a Success”; Bernadette Flores “Feels Like Home: A Local History of the Latino/a Population of Texas A&M Corpus Christi”; Hector Galvan “The University of Corpus Christi and the Latino/a Population”; Yadira Uhlig “Serving Populace, Not Privilege: Intersections of Innovation, Ideology and Imagination and the founding of Texas A&M-Kingsville”                                                                                                                              

2:00-Session C2: Interpreting the Art of War Gene Young (SHSU), Moderator  Tracy Bilsing (SHSU)”From Beauty to the Beast: The Pin-Up at War; Todd Giles (MWSU) “Poets, Painters, and Paper: Intersecting Ideologies in Post-World War II Avant-garde Art; Alicia Ward (MWSU) “Poets, Painters, and Paper: Collaborative Intersections and the Curatorial Imagination                  

3:30-Session D1: Innovative Perspectives on the Borderlands-Jason Peyton (SHSU), Moderator Timothy Bardin (SHSU) “Mary Rowaldson’s The Sovereignty and Goodness of God and Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios: A Comparative Investigation”; Ana Fernandez de Alb (UT) “Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs and the U.S-Mexico Divide”; Hector Weir (TAMU) “Memories of a Texas Missioner: Towards a New Historiography of Catholicism in Texas”                                                                                                                                           

3:30-Session D2: Mechanization, Media, and Municipality Carroll Nardone (SHSU), Moderator Chloe Kolman (FGSU) “‘There Are No Strings on Me’: Examining the Result of Neglect on Ultron’s Consciousness”; Mia Moody-Ramirez (Baylor) “Social Media, Framing and the 2016 Presidential Primaries”; Mike Schraeder (UNT) “THX 1138: George Lucas’s Capitalistic Technocracy: The Integrative Levels of a Futuristic Municipal System”                                                                                                                                    

 6:00-Conference  Kick-Back Happy Hour and Tapas Table at the Vortexan Eclectic Kitchen  1211 19th St. (936)-439-6208    

 ***Dinner on your own (see list of local restaurants included in conference information)***           ENJOY YOUR EVENING!  

(The remainder of the conference will be held in the Evans Bldg.)                                                                                                                            


8:30-Breakfast (Evans #460)

9:15-Session A: (Evans #258) Investigating the Ideology of Myth and Narrative Barbara Miles (SHSU), Moderator   Savanah Burns (SHSU) “A Fixed Fate: An Analysis of the Iroquois Creation Story”; Sean Ferrier-Watson (Collin College) “Slender Man and the Birth of Digital Folklore in America”; Cody Parish (MWSU) “Resistance and the Colonial Zombie in M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing

 10:30-Session B: (Evans #262) Interpreting Cormac McCarthy Lloyd Daigrepont (Lamar) “The Logic of Compulsion in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men”; Thomas Hartley (SHSU) “A Respite from the Darkness: Humor in Suttree (read by Gene Young); Gene Young (SHSU) “Mostly Gibberish: Further Revelations from the McCarthy Papers”                                

11:30 Conference Adjourns 11:45-ASAT Officers Meeting (Evans #212)


The founder of Critical Studies Blog, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

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