Island University Showcased in C-SPAN’s Upcoming Corpus Christi Weekend

Published: January 29, 2015

Island University Showcased in C-SPAN’s Upcoming Corpus Christi Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Island University and Corpus Christi’s rich historical heritage was featured Feb. 7-8 in a special weekend of programming on C-SPAN.

The episodes will remain available at C-SPAN’s Corpus Christi city web page at and in the C-SPAN Video Library site at

In partnership with Time Warner Cable, C-SPAN’s 2015 Cities Tour takes Book TV and American History TV on the road. Crews from the stations were in Corpus Christi in early January.

C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 featured the literary life and history of each of these selected cities during special weekends on the public affairs network.

 “A&M-Corpus Christi is proud to be a part of the scheduled “Corpus Christi Weekend,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase Island University professors like Dr. Anthony Quiroz, with the College of Liberal Arts, whose knowledge of Mexican-American history gives us all a better understanding of our collective culture.”

Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Professor of History, wrote the book “Claiming Citizenship: Mexican Americans in Victoria, Texas.” In the book, Quiroz examines the experience of identity formation among loyal, hard-working Mexican Americans living in Victoria, Texas, who struggled to attain equal citizenship from the 1940s through the 1980s.  

In addition to Quiroz, C-SPAN interviewed:

  • Dr. David Blanke, Professor of History, on his books “Hell on Wheels” and “A Destiny of Choice?” “Hell on Wheels” examines the arrival of a new, revolutionary technology - the automobile - from 1900-1940. Blanke discusses the choices this country made between its sudden and profound “love affair” for the car and the challenges of adapting to this new and dangerous freedom. The anthology, “A Destiny of Choice?,” edited by Blanke and Ohio State University’s David Steigerwald, explores the paradox of American consumer culture asking whether and how citizens are able to choose – and thereby control – the remarkable material abundance we’ve enjoyed as a country.
  • Ann Hodges, University Archivist, who discussed the life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist, and his collection of official papers that were donated to the University and are a centerpiece of the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. 
  • Dr. Robert Wooster, Regents Professor of History, on his book, “The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900,” a study that examines the fundamental importance of military affairs to social, economic, and political life throughout the borderlands and western frontiers.

C-SPAN officials conducted additional interviews with representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, U.S.S. Lexington, Naval Air Station- Corpus Christi and Padre Island National Seashore.