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February 2012

Jesús F. de la Teja, Humanities Texas board member and Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, was named Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies. More »

January 2012

Humanities Texas welcomed Sharon Wilson Allison, Joseph Oscar Jewell, Manuel F. Medrano, and Virginia Mithoff to its board. More »

December 2011

The third annual Holiday Book Fair featured current board member Manuel F. Medrano and former board member Norma E. Cantú. More »

November 2011

Jesús F. de la Teja joined U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett to present Chris Cooper of San Marcos High School with an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, and Paula Peters joined Todd Martin from the office of U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant to present Brian Horn of Carrolton’s Creekview High School with an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. More »

Monica Perales's book Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community (UNC Press 2010) was named as a finalist for the 2010 William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America. More »

October 2011

Mary L. Volcansek discussed the U.S. Constitution at a Humanities Texas teacher workshop in Fort Worth, and Jesús F. de la Teja spoke at the Texas history workshop in Houston. More »

Paula Peters joined State Representative Linda Harper-Brown; Matt Garcia, outreach coordinator for U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions; and Liz James to present Helen Bradley of Irving’s Nimitz High School with an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. More »

Mary L. Volcansek joined State Senator Wendy Davis to present Melissa Lamprich of Colleyville Heritage High School with an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. More »

September 2011

Nancy Cain Marcus spoke about the tragic and the comic in Shakespeare’s plays at the one-day teacher workshop "Teaching Shakespeare" at the Byrne-Reed House. More »

Governor Rick Perry appointed Austin civic leader Polly Sowell to the Humanities Texas board. More »

June 2011

Albert S. Broussard, Maceo C. Dailey Jr., Monica Perales, and Mary L. Volcansek shared their expertise in U.S. history with teachers at our 2011 summer institutes. More »

May 2011

Adair Margo, director of the Tom Lea Institute and a former board member, delivered a talk at the Byrne-Reed House entitled “Tom Lea, Genius of the Twentieth Century.” More »

January 2011

Humanities Texas welcomed new additions to the board and bid grateful farewells to outgoing board members. More »

December 2010

The second annual Holiday Book Fair featured several authors who are current and former board members, including Mary L. Volcansek, Monica Perales, Jesús F. de la Teja, Light T. Cummins, and Max Sherman.

November 2010

Julius Glickman and Michael L. Klein received Humanities Texas Awards.

October 2010

The Humanities Texas board held its first meeting in the restored Byrne-Reed House on October 30, 2010.

Humanities Texas welcomed gubernatorial appointees J. Bruce Bugg Jr. and Paula Peters to the board.

September 2010

Monica Perales published Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, which tells the story of the once-thriving town at the base of the ASARCO smelter in El Paso.

April 2010

On April 17, 2010, past board chair Joseph R. Krier received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas Friar Society.

March 2010

On March 11, 2010, former Humanities Texas board member Ellen C. Temple received the Pro Bene Meritis award from The University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts.

Former board member Light T. Cummins received the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women at the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) in Dallas on March 5, 2010. The award is presented annually for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas that is published during the previous calendar year. Cummins was recognized for Emily Austin of Texas, 1795-1851, published by Texas Christian University Press. The Gainesville Daily Register wrote an article on the award. More »

February 2010

Humanities Texas welcomed six new members to its board and thanked outgoing board members William S. Livingston, Adair Margo, and Tessa Martinez Pollack for their commendable service.

In our February e-newsletter, we spotlighted Boy of the Border, a previously unpublished children's book by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps. The book was published in December by Sweet Earth Flying Press, which was established by Dr. Maceo C. Dailey Jr. and his wife, Sondra. 

On February 1, 2010, Venus F. Strawn joined Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul to present Jim Furgeson with an Outstanding Teaching Award. Furgeson teaches history, constitutional law, and practical law at Austin's McCallum High School.

November 2009

On November 23, 2009, Michael L. Klein joined Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette and Congressman Lloyd Doggett to present Kyle Olson with an Outstanding Teaching Award. Olson teaches social studies and English as a second language at Austin's International High School. Among other remarkable accomplishments, Mr. Olson established the state's first AP art history class for English language learners.

Dr. Juliet V. García, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville, was named one of Time magazine's ten best college presidents on November 11, 2009. The magazine profiles Dr. García. More »

October 2009

Venus F. Strawn, an Austin civic leader, was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Humanities Texas Board of Directors. The Governor's office issued a press release on the appointment. More »

September 2009

The Alice and Bill Wright Photography Gallery at Abilene's Grace Museum opened on September 26, 2009. The gallery's inaugural exhibition featured important works by Texas photographers both contemporary and historic.

August 2009

Small Town Texas, an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Ricardo Romo, opened on August 22, 2009, at San Antonio's Witte Museum.

May 2009

On May 13, 2009, former board member Light T. Cummins was appointed Texas State Historian by Governor Rick Perry

On Thursday, May 28, 2009, former board member Ellen C. Temple was named Ralph W. Steen Memorial East Texan of the Year during the annual Deep East Texas Council of Governments meeting in Lufkin. The award recognizes Temple’s longtime dedication to philanthropy and community work in the Angelina County area.

On Saturday, May 23, 2009, former board member Betty Sue Flowers gave the commencement speech at The University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II graduation ceremony, marking a significant moment not only for the 150 seniors but also for herself. After forty-five years in Austin, Flowers left her post as director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum and began a new chapter of her life in New York City. She served on the Humanities Texas board from 1983–1988. The Austin American-Statesman’s May 31, 2009, article detailed Flowers's past and future. More »

April 2009

On April 16, 2009, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin honored Leslie D. Blanton with the Pro Bene Meritis Award at a special dinner. Recipients have shown outstanding dedication to the liberal arts.

In mid-April, Albert S. Broussard received the Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship in Liberal Arts from his home institution, Texas A&M University. Recipients are recognized for their scholarly achievements, outstanding classroom teaching, contributions to undergraduate and graduate programs, and service to the university.

January 2009

The Humanities Texas Board of Directors elected two new members for terms beginning January 2009.

November 2008

Dr. Juliet V. García was selected to join President-elect Barack Obama's transition team.

October 2008

On October 17, 2008, Dr. Ricardo Romo received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Austin.

2007

The Humanities Texas Board of Directors elected four new members for terms beginning January 2008.

El Paso native Adair Margo received the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest award for non-citizens. Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, presented the award during a ceremony at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. The Houston Chronicle covered the story. More »

Bill Livingston, who retired in August after 58 years of service at The University of Texas at Austin, was featured in a front-page story in the Austin American-Statesman on November 19, 2007, and a feature article in UT's Alcalde magazine. More »

Dr. Juliet V. García, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville, was named one of six distinguished alumni of The University of Texas at Austin for 2007. A native of Brownsville, she earned a doctoral degree from UT’s College of Communication and was the first Hispanic woman to lead a college or university in the United States. The Alcalde profiled Dr. García. More »

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Jesús F. de la Teja, Humanities Texas board member and Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, was named Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies.
Outstanding Teaching Award recipient Helen Bradley
From left to right: Paula Peters, Humanities Texas board member; Matt Garcia, outreach coordinator from U.S. Representative Pete Session’s office; Helen Bradley, 2011 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recipient; The Honorable Linda Harper-Brown, Texas state representative; and Liz James, Humanities Texas coordinator of educational programs.
Adair Margo's Tom Lea lecture, 2011
From left to right: Ann and Bill Kiely, Pam Willeford, and Adair Margo. The painting in the upper left corner is Tom Lea's A Quiet Place (1961), on loan from the Kielys’ private collection.
Outgoing board member Joseph R. Krier
Julius Glickman (right) presents Joseph R. Krier with a Bill Wright photograph to thank him for his service on the Humanities Texas board.
Ellen Temple receives Pro Bene Meritis
From left to right: Julius Glickman, Ellen C. Temple, Randy L. Diehl, and Frances B. Vick. Temple was the recipient of the Pro Bene Meritis award from The University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts.
Outstanding Teaching Award recipient Jim Furgeson
From left to right: McCallum High School Principal Mike Garrison, Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas board member Venus F. Strawn, U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul, U.S. Federal Judge Royal Furgeson, and 2009 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recipient Jim Furgeson.
From left to right: Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas Vice Chair Michael L. Klein, 2009 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recipient Kyle Olson, and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Texas State Historian, Light Cummins
From left to right: Larry Oakes, Steve Cure, Light T. Cummins, Kent Calder, and Michael L. Gillette during the May 28, 2009, ceremony inducting Cummins as Texas State Historian. Photograph by House of Representatives photographer.