Mexican-American Folk Hero Cortina
Topic of Last TAMIU Sánchez Lecture Aprll
Discover the truth about the life of legendary outlaw, hero, rancher and
defender of social justice, Juan Cortina, with Dr. Jerry D. Thompson’s “Defending
the Mexican Name in Texas: The Incredible Life of Juan Cortina” at the next
Texas A&M International University A.R. Sánchez, Sr. Distinguished Lecture
Series Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and
Performing Arts Recital Hall.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Thompson, TAMIU Regents
Professor of History, explores the life of Mexican folk hero and revolutionary,
Juan Cortina in the last installment of the Lecture Series.
Defending the Mexican Name in Texas” was published last fall by the Texas
A&M University Press.
The prolific author has written about Cortina before.
In 1994, his “Juan Nepomuceno Cortina and the Texas-Mexico Frontier, 1859-1877”
was published by Texas Western Press. He also edited “Fifty Miles and a
Fight: Samuel Peter Heintzelman’s Journal of Texas and the Cortina War.”
of more than 20 books, Thompson is considered one of the country’s top
scholars on the Southwest Campaign of the American Civil War and Border
The Texas Institute of Letters awarded him the Best Scholarly Book
Published in 2006 award for his “Civil War to the Bloody End: The Life
and Times of Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman.”
Thompson has received
numerous awards from the Texas Historical Commission, Western Writers of
America, Texas State Historical Association, Historical Society of New
Mexico and the Arizona Historical Society.
Conceived by A. R. Sanchez Jr.,
the A. R. Sánchez, Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series has attracted national
and internationally known scholars to TAMIU. Lecturers have ranged from
Nobel laureates and prominent political figures to some of the most gifted
world scientists and award-winning authors and artists. Last September
marked the 10th Anniversary of the Sánchez Lecture Series.
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