Western writer J.P.S. Brown concludes humanities lecture series

April 2, 2012

An award-winning Western writer, a fifth-generation Arizona rancher and one of the state’s most legendary literary figures will close out a popular Downtown Phoenix lecture series this month.

Joseph Paul Summers Brown, known to the literary world as “J.P.S. Brown,” will conclude the spring 2012 Humanities Lectures Series at the Downtown Phoenix campus with his presentation, “Talking About Cowboys, Corruption and the Arizona Border.” The lecture, hosted by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and ASU Project Humanities, is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m., April 19, at the Nursing and Health Innovation Building Two, 550 N. Third St., Phoenix, Innovation Auditorium, room 110. It is free and open to the public. Download Full Image

“Recently, the Mexico-USA border became a hot topic all over the country; yet even more spicy in the state of Arizona. Some of the contentious issues include illegal migration, undocumented workers, birthrights abuses, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and even littering,” said Mirna Lattouf, humanities faculty and series organizer. "There are as many sides to this topic as there are people chiming in; all are equally important whether they are coming from an emotional or academic place. Mr. Brown has been on both sides of the metaphoric fence – born, raised and lived in the area all his life. He has seen, experienced and written much about the heart and soul of the Arizona-Mexico region. This presentation cuts through the politics and speaks from that place; it is a place of recognizing everyone’s humanity in all of its complexities.”

Brown was born in Nogales, Ariz., in 1930 and is a fifth-generation Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, cattleman. He was a reporter for the El Paso Herald-Post, and was later a commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he coached a boxing team. Released from active duty in 1958, Brown bought cattle and horses in Chihuahua, Sonora, Baja, Calif., Coahuila, and Jalisco. He rode the horseshoe trails of the Sierra Madre Occidental from Chinipas, Chihuahua to Sahuaripa, Sonora. Those rich experiences led to an accidental career in Western literature.

“I did not want to write. I wanted to cowboy and be an artist at that,” Brown says. “But while in Mexico, I came down with hepatitis and began writing stories about the cowboy way.”

Brown got hooked to writing, even though it took him six years to finish his first novel, "Jim Kane," which was published in 1970 by Dial Press. The book was later optioned by First Artists and made into a 1972 movie called "Pocket Money" starring Paul Newman and Lee Marvin. He followed "Jim Kane" with other classics such as "The Outfit," "Steeldust" "The Cinnamon Colt" and "The Forests of the Night," considered by reviewers and Southwestern academics as the best book ever written about the people and animals of Mexico’s Sierra Madre. His latest effort, "The Spirit of Dogie Long," will be for sale after the lecture.

For directions, visit http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/contact/directionsdt.htm. For parking information, visit http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/contact/parking.htm. For more information, call Mirna Lattouf, series lecture organizer, at (602) 496-0638.

Reporter , ASU Now


Softball splits with Oregon, cancels last match

April 2, 2012

After heavy rain forced the series opener to be pushed back to Saturday, the Arizona State softball team split with Oregon in a doubleheader at Howe Field. In game one, the Sun Devils fell 3-0 but came back in game two for a 7-4 victory.

A three-run fifth-inning surge by the Ducks (23-7, 2-3 Pac-12) proved too much for Arizona State (32-4, 4-1) to come back from, eventually falling 3-0 in game one. The Sun Devils answered in the second game on Saturday, scoring three runs in the first frame then four in the second. ASU held on for a 7-4 win, its first ever Pac-12 win on the road. Download Full Image

Haley Steele finished tops offensively on the club, going 2-for 3 in game one and 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored in game two.

The Ducks flashed the first run on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Christie Nieto lead off with a solo-shot over center for a 1-0 UO lead. Oregon made it a 3-0 advantage later that same inning after an ASU error with two outs allowed two to come home, unearned.

Oregon held on the remainder of the contest for the 3-0 shutout. Dallas Escobedo takes the loss to drop to 12-3 on the year while Jessica Moore picks up the win to improve to 15-5 overall.

After a slow start in the first game of the twin-bill, the Sun Devils fired back quickly in game two, taking a 3-0 lead in the first frame. Katelyn Boyd scored, unearned, during an Annie Lockwood at-bat. Steele then notched her seventh homer of the year two batters later, making it a 3-0 lead, plating Elizabeth Caporuscio who reached on a fielder’s choice.

In the second, ASU capitalized on two Oregon errors to score four runs on five hits for a 7-0 lead. Lockwood picked up her second RBI of the game, plating Alix Johnson with a single to right. Nikole Afusia then brought around Lockwood and Caporuscio on a single to center.

Oregon broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on four hits to put the game closer at a 7-4 heading into the top of the sixth in favor of the Sun Devils. ASU used three pitchers in the rotation to record the win, which goes to Bach who is now 15-0. Dallas Escobedo earned the save, her third, closing out the last two innings after replacing Mackenzie Popescue who came in briefly in the fifth inning.

The Sun Devils finish the three-game series on Sunday with a noon start time, weather permitting. Live video from the Oregon website can be purchased here: http://www.goducks.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPID=245&db_oem_id=500

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