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Emilio Zamora recognized with Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s Award of Excellence

Wed, June 6, 2018
Emilio Zamora recognized with Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s Award of Excellence
Prof. Emilio Zamora

Dr. Emilio Zamora, Professor of History and Mexican American Studies and Fellow of the George W. Littlefield Professorship in American History has received the Annual Service Award from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin. Dr. Zamora is one of seven recipients of the Center’s Awards of Excellence for 2018.

“I am honored to be among such extraordinary members from the local Latino community and to be recognized by such an important institution like the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center,” Prof. Zamora noted. Following MACC’s official announcement, the award was formally presented at a ceremony on May 19, at the Sam Z. Coronado gallery of the Center.

zamora-MACC-award-mayor-groupDr. Zamora’s name will appear along with the other awardees in a permanent art installation known as Pétalos, “a series of petals, each representing an equal part of our cultural fabric. Each petal honors a member of our community who has contributed significantly through service or art and holds a place for those who will continue to shape our culture in the future.”

Left: Prof. Zamora (4th from the right) and fellow Excellence Recipients with Mayor Steve Adler, at awards ceremony on May 19.
 
Dr. Zamora has roots in the Mexico-Texas region dating back to the 1700s, growing up and educating himself on both sides of the border. He is married to Dr. Angela Valenzuela and has two daughters, Clara and Luz, a son-in-law, Felix Gonzales, and a grandson, Felix Jr., “El Gran Feliciano.”  Zamora has single-authored three books, co-edited three anthologies, assisted in the production of a Texas history text, co-authored a Texas history text for high schools, co-edited an Ebook on Tejano history, translated and edited a WWI diary, and written numerous scholarly articles, chapters and essays.  He has received seven best-book awards (Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Philosophical Society, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin (two separate years), the Texas Historical Commission, and the Southern Historical Association), a best-article prize (the Western History Association), and a Fulbright García-Robles fellowship.  Zamora is a lifetime member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a lifetime Fellow with the Texas State Historical Association, a Fellow of the George W. Littlefield Professorship in American History.  Zamora is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas State Historical Association and First Vice President of the Association (scheduled to become President in March 2019). He has received seventeen community engagement awards since 1998. View a list of Prof. Zamora’s many publications, awards, honors, and more.

Read more about this award and the ceremony here, and watch MACC’s video interview with Prof. Zamora.

Congratulations, Professor Zamora!
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Read-up on Not Even Past’s coverage of Dr. Zamora’s scholarship and community outreach at:

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