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Videos of the Lindsey Literary Series readings can be viewed on the site for Texas State's literary journal, Front Porch.


SPRING 2015 EVENTS

PLEASE CHECK BACK!  We are currently adding events daily our spring calendar.
Call 512.245.2313, ext. 0 if you need immediate information about our events.


JANUARY 25, SUNDAYFACE OF TEXAS
2:00 PM—EXHIBITION RECEPTION
2:30 PM—PROGRAM
BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW
 

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
THE FACE OF TEXAS:
Photographs by Michael O’Brien
and Stories by Elizabeth O’Brien

This afternoon event celebrates the Wittliff Collections’ first solo exhibition of images by one of America’s premier portrait photographers, MICHAEL O’BRIEN. The Face of Texas salutes the individuality and independent spirit of Texans—from ordinary folk to the rich and famous—including those born here and those who eventually made Texas home. The program will feature a conversation between Wittliff director David Coleman and Michael O'Brien. Following the talk, both Michael and Elizabeth O’Brien will sign copies of their latest book—upon which the exhibition is based—The Face of Texas, published by the University of Texas Press. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

ATTENDEES are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu to receive further information including parking instructions.

For special assistance or questions, call 512-245-2313, ext. 0. 

[Image] Cover of the new edition of The Face of Texas, photographs by Michael O’Brien, features his latest portrait of Willie Nelson, © 1999, on view in the exhibition.


FEBRUARY 2, MONDAY, NOON
GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK: Our World
Lecture  |   Taylor Lecture Series  
For the last 40 years, Professor Gayatri Spivak, critic, scholar and public intellectual, has pushed the humanities to focus on situations contributing to the defeat and withdrawal of European empires from other parts of the world. These victories have forced many to rethink their place and their history. Spivak’s translations brought post-structuralist philosophy to the United States, her literary criticism shaped subaltern studies, her term, “strategic essentialism,” was key to the culture wars of the 90s. Spivak is now part of an emerging rural community-based History Academy movement across South Asia AND a group of scholars and intellectuals debating the post-colonial predicament facing our world. More information here.


FEBRUARY 3, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


FEBRUARY 12, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
HEATHER CHRISTLE  
Poetry Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A

Heather Christle appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


FEBRUARY 26, THURSDAY, 10:00 AM
JOE FEAGIN: Racial Desegregation: Success or Failure?
Presentation  |  Q&A   
Dr. Joe Feagin is an internationally renowned scholar who specializes in the study of race, ethnic,
and gender relations. He is the Ella C. McFadden professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and past president of the American Sociological Association. This event is presented in conjunction with Texas State’s 2014–2015 Common Experience theme, “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration,” and is sponsored by Texas State’s Public Sociology Task Force, the Center for Social Inquiry, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and the School of Criminal Justice. More information here.


Cover of the Wittliff' HOMEGROWN Austin poster exhibition catalogMARCH 1, SUNDAY
2:00 PM—EXHIBITION RECEPTION
2:30 PM—PROGRAM + Q&A + BOOK SIGNING

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
HOMEGROWN 
Austin Music Posters, 1967 to 1982

This free public event celebrates the Homegrown exhibition of more than 140 vintage pieces from the Wittliff Collections’ poster archives, gifted by TOM WILMORE and other generous donors. Poster artists in the late sixties, seventies, and eighties visually evoked the sound and defined the culture of Austin just as the city was establishing itself as one of the most vital music scenes in the country. Read Jeff Salamon’s Texas Monthly article “Flyers on the Wall” here.

A reception will be followed by a discussion on how the poster designers helped define Austin’s underground culture, with featured artists JIM FRANKLIN, DANNY GARRETT, MICAEL PRIEST, and KERRY AWN, and moderated by artist and poster historian NELS JACOBSON. A signing of the new book in the Wittliff's book series that celebrates the exhibition will follow.

HOMEGROWN – HARDCOVER AND PAPERBACK BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Support the Wittliff by purchasing the Homegrown exhibition catalog (edited by ALAN SCHAEFER and published by the University of Texas Press). Available in both hardcover and paperback.

[image] Homegrown, published in the Wittliff’s book series features posters from the exhibition.


MARCH 3, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


MARCH 5, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
AMY HEMPEL  
Fiction Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  | Q&A

Amy Hempel appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


APRIL 2, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
KIM ADDONIZIO  
Poetry
Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A

Kim Addonizio appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


APRIL 7, TUESDAY, 3:30 PM
BEN FOUNTAIN  
Fiction Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing

Ben Fountain is currently serving as the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, the Wittliff Collections and Texas State University. More information here.


APRIL 7, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


APRIL 8, WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM
THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY with author Jan Jarboe Russell
Reading  |  Presentation  |  Book Sale & Signing  
The Train to Crystal City recounts the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Crystal City, Texas during World War II, where thousands of families—many US citizens—were incarcerated. Join author Jan Jarboe Russell for a discussion and reading from this best-selling nonfiction book. Hosted by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest.


APRIL 16, THURSDAY, 6:30 PM
The Life and Music of MANUEL “COWBOY” DONLEY
Presentation  |  Live Music   
In June 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Manuel “Cowboy” Donley the National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to American music. Performing in Austin since the 1940s, Donley’s career reflects the rich history of Mexican-American music in Texas from traditional ballads to orquesta tejana and even the electrical amplification of rock ‘n’ roll. Join the Wittliff and the Center for Texas Music History for an evening of conversation, performance, and celebration with musicians and scholars Evaliza Fuentes, Kim Simpson, and Cowboy Donley. More information here.


Armadillo RisingAPRIL 19, SUNDAY, 2:00 PM
2:00 PM—EXHIBITION RECEPTION
2:30 PM—PROGRAM + Q&A
BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW
 

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
ARMADILLO RISING
Austin’s Music Scene in the 1970s  

This free public event celebrates the Wittliff exhibition Armadillo Rising, which documents the breakout years of the Austin music scene. After an opening reception, the program will feature a Armadillo World Headquarters founder EDDIE WILSON and music journalist JOE NICK PATOSKI, who will discuss the extraordinary times in the Armadillo’s history as the cosmic capital of Austin’s burgeoning music scene. They will be joined by cultural historian JASON MELLARD, who will serve as moderator. 

UPDATE! – A portion of the documentary, The Rise and Fall of the Armadillo World Headquarters by MARK HANNA and RICHARD GAYLORD, will be shown during this event!

The Wittliff’s Homegrown music poster exhibition catalog, which includes an essay by Patoski titled “It All Started Here,” will be available for purchase, as well as other books by the participants, who will sign copies after the discussion.

ATTENDEES are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu to receive further information including parking instructions.

For special assistance or questions, call 512-245-2313, ext. 0. 

[Image] Detail of closing-night poster for the orginal Armadillo World Headquarters, © 1980, Micael Priest


APRIL 23, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
ADAM JOHNSON  
Fiction Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  | Q&A

Adam Johnson appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


JUNE 6, 2015, SATURDAY, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM  WELCOME + REMARKS 
TPS 24: The International Competition
The Wittliff Collections and Texas Photographic Society will host an exhibition reception with many artists in attendance.  See TPS 24 events page for more details.

RSVP: thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu

For assistance, or for mobility impaired/accessible parking, please call the Wittliff Collections at 512.245.2313.