Happy “Snow Day,” Austin! The news doesn’t stop over here at AMS::ATX. We have not one but two great lectures to draw your attention to, both of which are taking place on the UT campus tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29 (worry not–the forecast calls for sun and 51 degrees).
At noon in Garrison 1.102, historian James Brooks will be presenting his lecture, “Species of Silence: Things Unsaid about the ‘Annihilation of the Converted Indians of Agautub.'” Brook’s book, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) was the recipient of the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. Brooks was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton as well as the President of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the past ten years.
At 7:00, award-winning British journalist, author, and broadcaster Gary Younge will discuss his new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream (Haymarket, 2013). In this lecture, Younge will examine the spirit of that historic day in Washington and the misappropriation of King’s legacy since, offering a critical analysis of why “I Have a Dream” remains America’s favorite speech. Younge will present his talk in The Joynes Suite (007 Carothers Residence Hall, UT Austin).