Center for History and Culture

CHC Logo Founded in 2016 by Dr. Mary Scheer as one Lamar University’s “Visionary Initiatives,” the Center serves the diverse constituencies of Lamar University students and faculty, the communities of Southeast Texas and the greater Gulf Coast, and the scholars and creatives who explore the region’s past and present. The Center promotes the study of these regions with a commitment to multicultural, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-focused projects. To achieve these goals, the Center hosts programs that highlight the work of artists, authors, scholars, community leaders, and others who represent varied specializations and backgrounds. It also awards two annual book prizes and funds original research, creativity, and community outreach through its fellowship program.



Celebrating Black History Month, the Center will host screenings of the award-winning short film The Example based on the 1943 Beaumont race riot and the award-winning documentary They Will Talk about Us: The Charlton-Pollard Story about Beaumont's oldest Black neighborhood. The event will take place in the Dishman Auditorium on Thursday, February 2, at 5:30 pm with a panel of the filmmakers and historians. A reception with refreshments will follow sponsored by the Lamar Univeristy Office of Diversity and Inclusion.