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An Intensive Pedestrian Survey for the Proposed Maverick Creek Trail, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
(Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2024-06-06) Burns, David; Kemp, Leonard
On December 11, 2023, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) conducted an intensive pedestrian survey of the proposed Maverick Creek Trail in north San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. This proposed trail is located due east of Babcock Road, running nearly adjacent to Maverick Creek. The project area is primarily on property belonging to UTSA except for the City of San Antonio (COSA) owned southernmost end, which crosses UTSA Blvd. and extends for about 100 meters (m) to the south. The work was conducted on behalf of COSA with Adams Environmental Inc. (AEI) serving as the project management team. The project took place on lands that are owned by subdivisions of the state of Texas and therefore are subject to review by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The project falls under the Antiquities Code of Texas as well as by COSA’s Unified Development Code (UDC; Article 6 35-630 to 35-634). CAR obtained Texas Antiquities Permit (TAP) No. 31449 prior to the commencement of fieldwork. Cynthia Munoz, CAR Interim Director, served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project, and Leonard Kemp served as the Project Archaeologist (PA). Mr. Kemp was assisted by David Burns, who served as crew chief on the project. The project area of the proposed trail is 18.3 m wide but expands to 21.3 m at creek crossings. It covers a linear distance of 1.5 km and an area of roughly 7 acres (2.8 ha.). The trail is in a heavily wooded section along Maverick Creek on the western edge of the UTSA Main Campus. CAR excavated 16 shovel tests on the trail. Shovel tests were located approximately 100 m apart, except for two shovel tests placed at stream crossings where more extensive ground modification is likely to occur, and a shovel test on the previously defined location of site 41BX440. No new sites were recorded. All shovel tests were negative for archaeological material. No artifacts were documented on the ground surface. No collections were made. All records generated during this project are permanently curated at CAR under Accession No. 2838.
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Episode 1: Preserving the ITC's treasured collections
(University Office of Strategic Communications, 2024-05-23) Elizondo, John; Perales, Monica
The ITC's history in San Antonio runs deep -- in fact, many of us have vivid childhood memories exploring the facility and exhibits from our K-12 school years. In the series opener, Monica Perales, ITC associate vice provost, will discuss the role the museum plays in collecting, preserving and sharing the state's diverse cultural history. Take a peek at what's in store for the museum as it prepares to move to its new temporary space in Frost Tower, located in the heart of San Antonio.
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Episode 2: The role of Tier One museums and libraries
(University Office of Strategic Communications, 2024-05-28) Elizondo, John; Hendrix, Dean
How do great museums and libraries support great cities and research universities? Explore this and other topics with Dean Hendrix, vice provost of the UTSA Libraries and University Librarian. Listen as Hendrix describes the relationship between the ITC and UTSA, shares the many opportunities that academic libraries and museums offer their communities, and imagines the potential of the ITC to reach learners of all ages in Texas and beyond.
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Episode 3: Building a world-class museum for San Antonio
(University Office of Strategic Communication, 2024-05-30) Elizondo, John; Shipley, Heather
How can the ITC attract world-class exhibits to San Antonio? How can it inspire the next generation of storytellers? Join ITC: Museum of the Future as UTSA Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Heather Shipley explores the benefits of building an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum in San Antonio.
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Big Take Over: Blackness as Technology in Punk
(2023-08) Lepovitz, Lyndsey
Through an analysis of the creative expressions of Black punk music, the question this thesis asks is how can specific forms of liberation be achieved through theorizing Blackness as a technology through modes of Black creativity in predominately white spaces? From the contemporary art pieces of Aaron Douglas, the photographs of Gordon Parks, and many forms of musical production, Black creativity has laid the foundation of what it means to examine and appropriately theorize Blackness as a technology for liberation throughout history and in our contemporary moment; as Katherine McKittrick writes in Dear Science, a love note to Black creativity, “Black method is precise, detailed, coded, long, and forever” (McKittrick 5). To contribute to this conversation, this thesis examines the Black punk music of Bad Brains and The 1865 as a form of Black life writing that specifically embraces using Blackness as a technology with the tools of available media for creative expression. Both Bad Brains and The 1865 demonstrate how Black punk artists have used Blackness in relation to musical media techniques to achieve and multiply what Black humanity can mean. Through a rhetorical analysis of Black Punk music from Bad Brains and The 1865, this thesis demonstrates that when Blackness is theorized and put into use as a technology, there is an ironic capacity to re-humanize Black people and Black communities that have been especially invisiblized.