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UH Center for Public History Lecture Series

(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. 

2020-2021 Social and Racial Injustice Lecture Series


Dr. Stephen Klineberg, “Prophetic City: Tracking Responses to Mounting Inequalities, Ethnic Transformations, and Severe Storms"



Dr. Roberto E. Barrios, "Cacophony of Disaster: Interpreting Houston's Many Voices in Harvey's Aftermath"


Cpt. Charles Ciliske, "Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Flood Control Project"



March 28th Lecture with Amy C. Evans 

On March 28th, 2018, Amy C. Evans gave a presentation on her recent work that combines art and oral history. "My Houston," documents her hometown through original paintings, photographs, and oral history interviews. She presented portions of this ongoing project at the Oral History Association's 2017 meeting in Minneapolis.



October 18th Lecture with Ruben Molina

On October 18th, 2017, the Center for Public History at the University of Houston held a panel discussion on the 10th anniversary reissue of Ruben Molina’s celebrated book, Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture, at MECA Houston.

Moderated by Alex La Rotta, History Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, this panel features author Ruben Molina (Los Angeles) and musician Oscar Villanueva (Houston) in a lively discussion on Chicano Soul music history within a local & national context.

This discussion corresponds with the upcoming re-release of Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture by Texas Tech University Press. Thevideo also contains a live music performance with Oscar Villanueva and the Allen Oldies Band following the panel discussion.

September 29th Leecture with Dr. Tom Scheinfeldt

September 29th Presentation by Leading Digital Humanities Scholar and historian Dr. Tom Scheinfeldt, “Collaborative Creativity: What Art and Design Can Teach Humanities Scholars About Working Together” at the University of Houston.

Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities at the University of Connecticut. Most recently, he co-edited (with Dan Cohen) Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities (2013).

His award-winning digital humanities work includes groundbreaking experiments in digital archives such as the September 11 Digital Archive []; scholarly open source software projects such as Omeka []; generative web events such as One Week | One Tool []; and boundary testing efforts in scholarly communication such as THATCamp [] and [].

Scheinfeldt’s talk is supported by the Center for Public History Lecture Series, and the event is part of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program.

October 3rd Lecture with Dr. Jonathan C. Brown

Dr. Jonathan C. Brown's book presentation and book signing on, “Cuba’s Revolutionary World” at the University of Houston as part of the Center for Public History Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Dr. Brown is a Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His book, Cuba’s Revolutionary World examines the rise of guerrilla warfare throughout the Americas, the decline of democracy, and the wave of military counterrevolutions.


Lecture with Eric Magrane

Eric Magrane, an emerging geographer and poet based at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), and co-author/co-editor of the 2016 book, TheSonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide.  In his presentation, Eric discusses the practice of interdisciplinary humanistic methods in analyzing the “poetry of place” in the Gulf Coast region—other words, using literary techniques and forms of presentation (such as the “field guide”) to tease out new understandings of local landscapes, especially how the practices of industry and conservation have intersected, overlapped, and/or co-existed. See more of Eric Magrane’s work here:

Lecture with rofessor Karl Jacoby

Jacoby discusses how Guillermo Eliseo / William creatively navigated the complexities of identity and race issues during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. The study of borderlands and the people who come from them, like those between Texas and Mexico, Jacoby argues, reveals the centrality of these liminal spaces in the historical identity of the United States. See more here: Karl Jacoby Books

Lecture with Dr. Dwight Watson

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. 

Lecture with Rebecca R. Benefiel

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. >

Lecture with Samina Ali

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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