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The Baylor University Institute for Oral History announces its upcoming online introductory oral history workshop available on two consecutive Wednesday mornings, February 7 and 14, 2018. Baylor's award-winning oral historians equip participants to get started using oral history methodology through instruction on project design, ethical and legal considerations, recording equipment, interviewing techniques, and processing and preserving oral history. Find out more about the "Getting Started with Oral History" workshop and register, beginning December 2017, at www.baylor.edu/oralhistory. The website also includes information on Baylor's online workshops on advanced oral history practices. Questions may be directed to BUIOH@baylor.edu.
The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin has launched an online repository that documents the gubernatorial administrations of former Texas governor William P. Clements, the Clements Papers Project (http://tx.clementspapers.org/). The project curated over 14,000 documents and photographs that were selected and digitized from Clements's papers. Clements was governor between 1979–83 and 1987–91.
"Bill Clements was the fi rst Republican governor elected in Texas since Reconstruction. His career marks the period where the state effectively went from being controlled by Democrats to being controlled by Republicans," said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. "This new digital repository creates a much-needed resource for understanding the political shifts that Texas—and indeed America—underwent in the 1980s."
During his two gubernatorial terms, Clements keenly wielded his veto and appointment powers, essentially breaking the Democratic Party's control over Texas politics in the process. Despite crusading for smaller government and lower taxes, in 1987 he signed into law a $5.7 billion appropriations bill, the largest tax hike in state history. Clements' governorships proceeded against the backdrop of declining oil prices and a prolonged banking crisis as the Texas economy made the painful transition from being predominantly rural and fossil fuel-based to diversifying into the tech and service sectors.
"The beautifully done 'Clements Texas' project offers a unique window into the tumultuous political, economic, and social changes that rocked Texas during those remarkable decades," said Andrew Torget, associate professor of history at the University of North Texas. "By digitizing and contextualizing the Clements Papers, this project offers a front-row seat— [End Page 318] available nowhere else—to the transformations, debates, and controversies that remade the political landscape of Texas."
Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas opened on October 14, 2017, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth and runs until November 18, 2018. The artists focus on fi ve living artists: Celia Eberle, Kana Harada, Sharon Kopriva, Sherry Owens, and Linda Ridgway. Allusions to nature and human fi gures connect the diverse themes present in their work, which range from evocations of history and metaphor to explorations of memory, myth, and ritual. Eberle, Harada, Kopriva, Owens, and Ridgway work using a wide range of techniques and resources, but they all celebrate hand craftsmanship and recast the original function of their materials to infuse them with new life. No matter their construction, these sculptures visually command space, allowing visitors to emotionally and physically engage with them. More information on the museum, including location and visiting hours, may be found at http://www.cartermuseum.org/.
Running until August 5, 2018, at the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas is Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collection. The metalwork, photographs, prints, and sculpture selected for this exhibition are from the holdings of Bywaters Special Collections. Each woman represented in the exhibition had early art training, most of it professional, yet their career paths diverged as they became curators, educators, gallery directors, metalsmiths, printmakers, and sculptors. The fi rst artist represented is Louise Heuser Wueste (Wüste), a "pioneer" since she was the fi rst known professionally trained woman artist to in Texas when she arrived in the mid-nineteenth century. Many other women artists followed in her footsteps, and their legacy is still felt today in works of art they created and organizations they established.
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