Event: Fellowship Lecture Series: Dr. Kenna Lang Archer
About this Event
Please join us when Fellow Dr. Kenna Lang Archer will give her lecture, “Dog Days, Cat Naps & Fiery Old Sol: A History of ‘Keeping Cool’ in Texas.”
The state of Texas is known for its highly variable weather and for the extraordinary heat that periodically roasts crops, accosts livestock, and challenges public morale. Keeping cool in this state has become both science and art, but efforts to beat the heat are nothing new. This project studies the long history of keeping cool in Texas from a social, environmental, and cultural perspective, paying special attention to the shifting relationship between technological dependence and climatological adaptation.
Dr. Archer is an instructor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she teaches U.S. environmental history, Texas history, and American history. Her first book, Unruly Waters, was published by University of New Mexico Press. She recently finished writing an updated edition of Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land with John Opie and Char Miller.
The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowships recognize and support outstanding scholarship or creative work which incorporates unique digital collections. Fellows are invited to present a brief overview of their work with the Portal through an informal lecture on their research or an exhibit of their creative output.