Tuesday, December 15, 2015
In 2014 the Redd Center was pleased to grant an Off-Campus Facutly Award to Omar Valerio-Jiménez for his book project, Remembering Conquest: Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship. The manuscript explores the ways in which the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-48) have shaped Mexican Americans' civil rights struggles over several generations. By examening the political and social use of these memories in the United States and Mexico, Valerio-Jimenez' study will illustrate transnational influences on the Mexican American community, and demonstrate how community and national memories can be used stragetically to advance political agendas. With the award from the Redd Center, Prof. Valerio-Jiménez was able to conduct archival research, further his book project, and ready a number of presentations. Building on this success, we are so happy to hear that he has been awarded a Faculty Award from the National Endowment for the Humanitities. This award will allow him to take research leave for the 2016-17 academic year and concentrate on completed the book. He is already the author of the award-winning River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands. We look forward to Remembering Conquest being equally well-recieved.
A hearty congrats congrats to Prof. Valerio-Jiménez!