Meet the Artist Series

2nd Tuesday four times a year from 7 – 8 PM

Join us for four exciting programs during the year at Meet the Artist.  It is held in Chandler Hall at the Fellowship the second Tuesdays of January, March, June, and October. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Enjoy and discuss the creative process with acclaimed artists – each quarter a different visual, performing, or literary artist will be featured. They will display and/or discuss their work and creative process, and take Q & A from participants. The artists will be a mix of members of the Fellowship and artists from the wider community.

January 09, 2017 event:
Timothy Paul Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Associate Director, Center for the Study of the American West
Book Review Editor, West Texas Historical Review
West Texas A&M University

Tim Bowman is an associate professor of history at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where he also serves as associate director of the Center for the Study of the American West.. He is the author of Blood Oranges: Agriculture and Colonialism in the South Texas Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) and numerous articles in various academic journals. His current book project explores the life of Wayne Woodward, along with the rise of the populist right and the culture wars in the Texas Panhandle during the 1970s.

“You Will Never be One of Us: A Teacher, a Court Case, and the Culture Wars in a High Plains
Town”

By Tim Bowman, Associate Professor of History, WTAMU

In the spring of 1975, a 31 year-old English teacher in Hereford, Texas—a small ranching and farming community in the Texas Panhandle—was fired from his position at La Plata Junior High School. Woodward’s immediate supervisor at the school argued that his firing from the school was just; allegedly, Woodward had passed out a membership form for a new, local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which was against school policy. Woodward sued the school district and won in district court in Amarillo. Later, after the school district appealed the court’s ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana, the two sides reached a financial settlement. Woodward’s rights, in essence, had been violated because local powerbrokers feared that the ACLU would advocate for the rights of ethnic-Mexican migrant workers in Hereford, a deeply segregated majority-minority community.

Bowman’s presentation explores the perceived threats to the racial order of Hereford during the 1960s and 1970s, arguing that the town’s leaders stood as moral guardians of the community against the perceived economic as well as racial threat that the so-called counterculture’s arrival in the town during the 1970s represented. In so doing, those who restricted Woodward’s constitutional rights as part of an emerging far-right populist conservatism in the Texas Panhandle that defined itself by a deep sense of place and belonging in a region isolated from the tumult of racial and cultural liberalism that had swept through big cities and college campus during the previous two decades.

 

Refreshments are served at these gatherings, which are free and open to the community. Invite your friends and family!

Contacts: Ann Hicks and Pam Mayes and April Myers