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Focus on Environment - September 17, 2018

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Dr Jack Davis; Gulf: The Making of an American Sea; Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History

The tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic. Significant beyond oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Environmental Historian Dr Jack Davis places this exceptional region into the American mythos in a sweeping history that extends from the Pleistocene age to the twenty-first century. Dr Davis will present his research for his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Gulf". 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception, Lecture and Book Signing, Price Auditorium, John Gray Center

Focus on Boundaries - October 22, 2018

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John P. Evans, Jr.; Evolution of the Texas-Louisiana Boundary: In Search of the Elusive Corner"

John Evans, Jr. will present a fascinating collection of historical sources illuminating the surveying and mapping of the Texas-Louisiana-Arkansas boundary from the early nineteenth century to the present. Mr Evans will discuss the research for his book, which offers a treasure of riches for readers interested in locality and the technological, scientific, and hands-on business of geographic demarcation in a region of uncertain and often contested boundaries.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception, Lecture and Book Signing, Grey Library, 8th Floor

Focus on History - November 12, 2018

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Andy Hollan, Robert Roten and Ken Poston; Texas City Explosion, 1947: Lessons from Disaster and Recovery

Seventy-one years ago, the largest industrial disaster in the nation's history occurred in Texas City. A fire broke out on the French ship the Grandcamp, which was being loaded with ammonium nitrate, and it exploded. Shortly after, the High Flyer, another ship, exploded. The blasts were felt in Galveston. Houses were shaken off their foundations. About 600 people died and more than 5,000 were injured. Robert Roten, Andy Hollan and Ken Poston will present a panel discussion on that fateful day and the lessons learned from the tragedy.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception and Panel, Reaud Event Center

Holiday Eggnog - November 29, 2018

Center Eggnog

 

Please join us for a cup of holiday cheer!

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. John Grey Library, 6th Floor