Center for History and Culture
of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast

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Founded in 2016 by Dr. Mary Scheer as one Lamar University’s “Visionary Initiatives,” the Center serves the many 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.

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.

Next Event

  Monica Walters

"Country Hood" Love Stories with Monica Walters

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Reception with refreshments: 4:30-5:00 pm, Dishman Museum First Floor Gallery

Author reading and interview: 5:00-6:00 pm, Dishman Auditorium

Please join us for an intriguing evening with Amazon best-selling romance author Monica Walters (B.S. in Sociology, 2013), best known as the “queen of country hood love stories.”  Walters, a Beaumont native who now resides in Nome, has always had a passion for creating different worlds with words, and her stories often feature the people and places of Southeast Texas, including several works set on the campus of Lamar University. See Events for more information.