Borderlands Conflict Examined at Texas Tech History Seminar

History faculties from Angelo State University and Texas Tech University will examine how violence, nationalism and race relations play out in borderlands areas.

Written by Cory Chandler

History faculties from Angelo State University and Texas Tech University will examine how violence, nationalism and race relations play out in borderlands areas.

Conflict in the Borderlands will take place from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday (April 25) at the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

This joint seminar will feature several authors among the presenters, discussing topics ranging from the U.S. Civil War to the development of the Canadian border and how the Cambodia-Vietnam frontier served to blunt genocide.

Three speakers will address the impact of the Mexican Revolution along the Texas border at the dawn of the 20th century.

The event will conclude with a reception honoring the speakers and a special exhibit about the 1914 Battle of Ojinaga – a famous clash in which revolutionary leader Pancho Villa forced federal Mexican forces and their families to flee across the Rio Grande River to Presidio, where they were interned behind barbed wire at Marfa by the U.S. Army.

Seminar speakers will include:

• Miguel A. Levario, assistant professor of history at Texas Tech, will address militarization and race relations in El Paso in 1916. Levario’s research focuses on the transnational context of immigration in the U.S. West and Northern Mexico. He has published in prominent journals and has taught at Texas Tech since graduating from Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Texas at Austin.

• Arnaldo De Leon will speak about racism on the U.S. border with Spanish Mexico and the Republic during the 19th and 20th centuries. De Leon is Davidson Professor at Angelo State, author or co-author of a dozen books, a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

• Brian D. McKnight, assistant professor of history at Angelo State, will discuss war’s impact in Appalachia in the 1860s. McKnight has written books on topics from the Civil War to the Korean conflict, including the upcoming "To Perish by the Sword: Champ Ferguson’s Bloody Borderland."

• Ron Milam, assistant professor of history at Texas Tech, will present "Borders as Barriers to Genocide: The Khmer Rouge at Ba Chuc." A fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Milam is author of "Not a Gentleman’s War: Junior Officers in the Vietnam War," to be published next year. Milam is a combat veteran and served as an advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and Montagnard forces in Pleiku Province.

• David Dewar, assistant professor of history at Angelo State, will present "When Violence Breeds Goodwill: George Morgan, the Delawares, and the American War for Independence." Dewar writes about the trans-Appalachian West’s social and cultural conditions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Before coming to ASU, Dewar was assistant director of the Humanities and Western Civilization Program at the University of Kansas.

• John Eusebio Klingemann will discuss violence in Chihuahua from 1913-14. A professional specialist in history at Angelo State, Klingemann’s interest in Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 began in his time as an undergraduate student at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Subsequently, his interest in the villismo ideolology of Villa’s revolutionaries and the División del Norte led him to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, where he was awarded the García Robles Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research in Mexico.

These events are sponsored by the two departments, the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross University and by the Texas Tech Office of Institutional Diversity, Cross Cultural Academic Achievement Center and the Heritage Consortium for the Natural and Historic Southwest.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library is located at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue, near the Texas Tech Library and Student Union Building.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m.-to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Limited parking is available with a permit, which visitors can obtain at campus guard kiosks. Parking is unrestricted on Saturday and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information call (806) 742-3749 or visit

CONTACT: Jon Holmes, manager for exhibits and outreach, Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library, at (806) 742-3749 ext. 244, or