Jan 112012

Sandweiss to Present Horn Lecture
By Carolyn Gonzales

(Jan 2012) Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity His­tory Pro­fes­sor Martha Sandweiss is the fea­tured speaker for the 2011–2012 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lec­ture in West­ern His­tory and Cul­ture, pre­sented by the UNM Depart­ment of History’s Cen­ter for the Southwest.

Sandweiss presents, “Lost Tales, For­got­ten Women, and the Vio­lence of Every­day Life in the Nine­teenth Cen­tury West,” on Thurs­day, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. in the Stu­dent Union Build­ing, Lobo A/B. This event is free and open to the pub­lic. A recep­tion fol­lows the lecture.

Sandweiss received her Ph.D. in his­tory from Yale Uni­ver­sity and began her career as a pho­tog­ra­phy cura­tor at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas. She later taught Amer­i­can stud­ies and his­tory at Amherst Col­lege for 20 years.

Sandweiss is the recip­i­ent of fel­low­ships from the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties, the Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Learned Soci­eties, the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion and the Bei­necke Library at Yale Uni­ver­sity. She is the author or edi­tor of numer­ous books on Amer­i­can his­tory and pho­tog­ra­phy. Her pub­li­ca­tions include Pass­ing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Decep­tion Across the Color Line (2009), and Print the Leg­end: Pho­tog­ra­phy and the Amer­i­can West (2002), win­ner of the Orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can His­to­ri­ans’ Ray Allen Billing­ton Award for the best book in Amer­i­can fron­tier his­tory and the William P. Clements Award.

Sandweiss’s other works include Laura Gilpin: An Endur­ing Grace, win­ner of the George Wit­ten­born Award for out­stand­ing art book of 1987, and the co-edited vol­ume The Oxford His­tory of the Amer­i­can West (1994), recip­i­ent of the West­ern Her­itage Award and the Caughey West­ern His­tory Asso­ci­a­tion prize for the year’s out­stand­ing book in west­ern history.

The C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Endow­ment Fund sup­ports the C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lec­tures in West­ern His­tory and Cul­ture, a dis­tin­guished lec­ture series now in its 25th year. Calvin and Ruth’s vision for the series was to pro­vide the cam­pus and the larger com­mu­nity access to inspir­ing speak­ers who brought his­tory to life by pro­vid­ing per­spec­tives on the West. By under­stand­ing the past we gain new insight into the his­tory of such mat­ters as land use, con­ser­va­tion, access to water, regional iden­tity, the cre­ative arts and actions of his­tor­i­cal figures.

Past lec­tures have high­lighted well-known west­ern his­to­ri­ans such as Patri­cia Nel­son Lim­er­ick, Marc Sim­mons, David Weber, Vicki Ruiz, Philip Delo­ria, Hal Roth­man and Paul Hut­ton. The late Calvin Horn was one of New Mexico’s most beloved civic lead­ers. Calvin and Ruth shared a pas­sion for learn­ing and became lead sup­port­ers of Man­zano Day School and the Uni­ver­sity of New Mexico.

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