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“Future of Texas” lecture series presents Ty Cashion

The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) lecture series on “The Future of Texas” will present Ty Cashion on Feb. 17. Cashion will present on “The End of Texceptionalism and the Future of Texas History” as part of a five-speaker series that will continue through April 14.

Cashion is an associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University. He is an award-winning author and has been listed by Texas Monthly as one of the “new breed scholars that is changing the way contemporary Texans look at their state.” His research interests include the American West, Texas, social history and the Spanish borderlands.

The lecture series will continue on March 3 with a presentation by Pete Gunter, professor of philosophy at University of North Texas. 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 March 24. The series will conclude on April 14 with a presentation by Joe Nick Patoski, author of multiple books on Texan identity and Texas music.

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.

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. each day. The lectures will be open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Mary Gagne at 839-2995.