Faculty Colloquium Series: Carlos Blanton

“The Chicana/o in the American Mind:  An Exploration of Early 19th Century Thought”

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock  Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

DSC_1387_cropped_jpg1Carlos Blanton | Professor, Department of History, 2016-17 Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University

Dr. Carlos Kevin Blanton is currently a Professor of History.  He joined the Aggie community in 2001 from teaching at Portland State University and a PhD at Rice University.  His authored books are The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836–1981 (TAMU, 2004) and George I. Sánchez:  The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration (Yale, 2014) and he has recently edited A Promising Problem:  The New Chicana/o History (Texas, 2016).  Blanton’s work has been honored with the Coral Horton Tullis Award for best book in Texas history (2005), the Bolton Cutter Award for best article in Borderlands history (2010) and the National Association of Chicana-Chicano Studies best book award (2016).  He has also published in the Journal of Southern History, the Pacific Historical Review, the Western Historical Quarterly, the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Teachers College Record, and in other history and interdisciplinary journals.  Blanton now serves as a Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Faculty Fellow as he works on his next book project, Between Black and White:  The Chicana/o in the American Mind.  He enjoys teaching 20th Century U.S, Texas, and Chicana/o history.

In recent decades Chicana/o people, whether Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants, have become the subject of intense debate in U.S. society.  The belief that Chicanas/os are deficient or dangerous, though derided by most scholars today, has motivated a wave of policies that negatively impact both immigrant and citizen alike.  Racial ideas about Chicana/o people, however, are not new.  They have a long history and have always been a mainstream element of U.S. intellectual thought.  In his larger project, Dr. Blanton seeks to create a new genealogy of race for the Chicana/o in U.S. history.  In this paper, he will briefly explore some of the earliest discourses that affected Chicana/o people by prominent U.S. thinkers and policymakers during the first half of 19th century.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Professor Blanton’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://listserv.tamu.edu/archives/chr-l.html.