From the University Press of Kansas. The mythmakers of US expansion have expressed “manifest destiny” in many different ways—and so have its many discontents. A multidisciplinary study that delves into these contrasts and contradictions, Inventing Destiny offers a broad yet penetrating cultural history of nineteenth-century US territorial acquisition—a history that gives voice to the underrepresented actors who significantly complicated US narratives of empire, from Native Americans and Anglo-American women to anti- and non-national expansionists. The contributors—established and emerging scholars from history, American studies, literary studies, art history, and religious studies—make use of source materials and techniques as various as artwork, religion, geospatial analysis, interior colonialism, and storytelling alongside fresh readings of traditional historical texts. For more information see the Inventing Destiny page
In my capacity as director of the Center for History and Culture at Lamar University, I enjoyed the privilege of working with Kate Williams and Abdul Alkalimat in hosting Extreme Weather and Inequality: A Day of Discussion. I spoke to the audience about the environmental fallacies portrayed in science fiction film and the historical lessons about addressing environmental my problems. For more click (Here).
Texas on Film: 12 Mighty Orphans and the trap of white nostalgia with a brief profile of Torres brothers who played on the Mighty Mites team Click here.