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TALH Lecture Series on the Future of Texas

The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) is bringing an informational lecture series on “The Future of Texas” to Lamar and Beaumont beginning Feb. 3. A generous grant from Humanities Texas was awarded to TALH to make this lecture series possible with five outstanding speakers from across Texas. Each presentation will provide an opportunity for the speakers to share their own unique view of the future of Texas.

The series will commence on Feb. 3 with speaker Armando Alonzo, associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, presenting on “The Rise of Hispanic Texas”. A native of the Lower Valley of Texas, professor Alonzo earned his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 1991 and has taught at Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently he is expanding his studies of the history of Texas and Northern Mexico in the period 1700-1865 with funding from the National Resource Council.

The second lecture is to be held on Feb. 17 where Ty Cashion, professor of history at Sam Houston State University, will discuss “The End of Texceptionalism and the Future of Texas History”. Following on Mar. 3 will be a presentation by Pete Gunter, professor of philosophy at University of North Texas, on the “Frontier Mentality and the New World of Texas: Time for a New Ethics”. Char Miller, director of environmental analysis program and W.M. Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College, will continue the series with a lecture on Mar. 24 on “Why the Suburban is the State Car of Texas”. The series will conclude on April 14 with a presentation on “Why Texans are Texans: An Introduction to Texas Identity” given by Joe Nick Patoski, author of multiple books on Texan identity and Texas music and former staff writer at Texas Monthly.

All lectures will be offered in two sessions. The first will be held at the Lamar University Science Auditorium at 4 p.m. and the second at the McFaddin-Ward Visitors’ Center at 7 p.m. on the days mentioned previously. The lectures will be open to the public and free of charge.

Humanities Texas has awarded more than 2,000 grants over the past three decades to support cultural and educational programming throughout the state and is responsible for the grant that made this lecture series possible. Working with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas plays a significant role in offering financial support to institutional programs that bring humanities scholars to general public audiences.

TALH is an elite, early college entrance program available for exceptional students seeking to participate in an intellectual experience that is enriched by the disciplines of the humanities. The Academy is one of only two residential programs offered in our area and is recognized by the Texas State Legislature. It is founded by the morals of intelligence, responsibility, scholastic commitment, social skills and a mindset for the future and provides high-school aged students an opportunity to cultivate leadership abilities and ethical values by engaging in an exemplary educational experience while devoting time to volunteering in the community.