Past Programs

In 2000, Humanities Texas introduced Parallel and Crossover Lives: Texas Before and After Desegregation, an initiative developed in partnership with the Texas Association of Developing Colleges and the Texas African American Heritage Association. This pilot oral history project conducted at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins and Huston-Tillotson University in Austin was created to document personal experiences with school desegregation in Texas communities.

Students outside L. C. Anderson High School, March 1, 1956. Photo by Neal Douglass. Photo ID ND-56-1753(A)-01. Courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

In December 2014, Humanities Texas discontinued its Speakers Directory. Please call or email the Humanities Texas staff for suggestions in identifying scholars and experts prepared to provide public presentations on literary, cultural, and historical topics. Our staff is also available to discuss the procedures for applying for grants, renting traveling exhibitions, and planning and promoting public humanities programs in your local community.

Former president of the Texas State Historical Association, Félix D. Almaráz Jr. performs "An Evening with Senator Sam Houston."

The Humanities Texas Awards recognized imaginative leadership in the public humanities on a local, regional, or state level. Two awards were presented: one for individual achievement and another for organizational achievement. The winning individual and organization each receive a cash award of $5,000.

Former governor Rick Perry, Priscilla Rodriguez and Larry Lof of the Brownsville Historical Association, Brownsville City Commissioner Edward Camarillo, and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. Photo by Bill Wright.

Humanities Texas and the LBJ Presidential Library celebrated the 40th anniversary of the NEH with a public program on October 27, 2005, at the Bass Lecture Hall. NEH Chairman Bruce Cole and former chairmen Joseph D. Duffey, William R. Ferris, and Sheldon Hackney reflected NEH’s contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation.

Lynda Johnson Robb, Bruce Cole, and Luci Baines Johnson. Photo by Charles Bogel.

Humanities Texas received grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to hold Prime Time Family Reading Time programs in Arlington, Diboll, Canyon, Beaumont, Houston, Longview, and Humble, Texas, from 1991–2002. A grant from the Ernest L. Kurth Jr. Charitable Foundation made possible sessions in Diboll and Huntington. Guided by a storyteller and scholar, families read and discussed award-winning children’s books that introduced participants to the universal themes found in tales from history, fairy, and folk tales from around the world and stories about the problems that children encounter.