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(Formerly the Tenneco Lecture Series and the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series)

The UH Center for Public History Lecture Series provides a unique opportunity for Houston professionals, community leaders, and others to consider historical, social and cultural perspectives directly related to the decisions they make. The Series brings to the University of Houston and the larger Houston community scholars, artists, and policymakers who shape our world and broaden our intellectual horizons.

Inaugurated in 1986 as the Tenneco Lecture Series, the series was made possible by grants from Tenneco, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The El Paso Corporation assumed the title of this Lecture Series from 2011 until 2014, when it was renamed the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series.

Over the years, the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series has sponsored several symposia, drawing international participants, on issues as wide-ranging as NAFTA and North American Urban Development; American Energy Policy in the 1970s; and Dumps, Landfills and the Neighborhood.

The UH Center for Public History Lecture Series has sponsored nearly 300 events across the UH campus. Past speakers in the Series include Robert Caro, Henry Cisneros, Norman Cousins, David McCullough, Elie Wiesel, Cornel West, Daniel Yergin, Lynton Caldwell, Alfred Kahn, and Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, among others.

With support of the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series, the CPH has hosted national meetings, such as those for the American Society for Environmental History (1993; 2005), Urban History Association (2008), and other professional associations.

Requests must be made by UH faculty and sent to Professor Martin Melosi at mmelosi@uh.edu

CPH Lectures:

Dr. Dwight Watson: "Murder on the Bayou: Jose Campos Torres and Police Brutality."

Dr. Dwight Watson presents: "Murder on the Bayou: Jose Campos Torres and Police Brutality." Dr. Dwight D. Watson is an Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. His specializations include African American History, Police and violence and the civic rights movements. 

Rebecca R. Benefiel: Roman Graffiti and Digital Humanities

Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Benefiel- Associate Professor of Classics at Washington & Lee University. Dicusses the working with first-century handwritten inscriptions, designing the Ancient Graffiti Project, and developing and growing a DH Project. 

Samina Ali: Muslim Women and Digital Activism 

Samina Ali, presenting at the University of Houston, discusses her work as lead curator of the global digital exhibit, Muslima, her novel, Madras on Rainy Days, advocacy of women's health and women's rights, and Muslim women's experience in the United States and around the world. Her presentation is followed by a Question + Answer session, moderated by Houston based journalist, Eesha Pandit.

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