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David Wallace Adams to Speak at WTAMU

“Award-winning author David Wallace Adams will present “Coming of Age on a Southwest Cultural Borderland: A New Mexico Story” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 as part of West Texas A&M University’s Garry L. Nall Endowed Lecture Series. The lecture will be in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall and preceded by drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture.

The event, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW), the Distinguished Lecture Series and Humanities Texas, is free and open to the public.

As a secondary event, Adams will facilitate a student question and answer session at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Blackburn Room of the Cornette Library. Adams also will travel to Pampa High School on Friday, Oct. 5 to address the student body. His trip will be facilitated by CSAW, in commitment to its regional outreach efforts in the Texas Panhandle.

Adams has received multiple awards for his books, including Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928; On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest, which he co-edited with Crista DeLuzio. His most recent book is Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990. Both Education for Extinction and Three Roads to Magdalena were named “outstanding academic” books by Choice Reviews.  Western History Association also recognized Adams with the David J. Weber-Clements prize for best nonfiction book on Southwestern America and the Robert G. Athearn prize for best book on the Twentieth century West for his Three Roads to Magdalena. 

Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in history at Northeastern Illinois University and a doctorate in social studies education at Indiana University. From 1964 to 1971, he taught social studies at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, Ill. He now serves as Professor Emeritus at Cleveland State University, where he teaches in the departments of history and education.

For more information about Adams’ appearance at WTAMU, please contact CSAW director Dr. Alex Hunt at”

-West Texas A&M University

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