Alyssa Banta ’90 will share images and stories about her recent book, The Texas Ranch Sisterhood, on November 23 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at an Austin College Women Get Connected event in Austin, Texas, co-sponsored by the Austin College Alumni Board.
The event will be held at La Pena, 227 Congress Avenue in Austin. Tickets are $20 for the event where hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.
Photojournalist Banta spent more over a year following more than a dozen Texas women through their daily ranch work, from the confines of the cattle chute to the open range of back pasture. The book, published by The History Press in October 2019, gives an intimate portrait of the challenges and achievements of the ranch women of Texas, along with the land and livestock that sustain them.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.