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Félix D. Almaráz Jr.

The University of Texas at San Antonio
323 Inspiration Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78228-1849
Phone: 210.458.2616
Fax: 210.458.2615

A former president of the Texas State Historical Association, Félix D. Almaráz Jr. has published extensively in the field of Texas and the Borderlands. He is the author of Knight without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896–1958 (1999) and co-author of Cisneros 2000: Faces of the Borderlands (1999). In 1996–97, he served as Chautauqua scholar for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also a senior Fulbright scholar in Argentina.


A Chautauqua Experience: An Evening with Senator Sam Houston 

You are cordially invited to a unique experience in the Chautauqua tradition. Senator Sam Houston, in period costume, will share a perspective of Texas and American history, culminating in his courageous opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. At the conclusion of the performance, audience members may direct questions to Senator Houston; following that, they may address questions to the out-of-character scholar, Dr. Almaráz.

A High Adventure in Cultural Awareness

The Southwest, a confluence of intertwining themes, is presented through the medium of illustrated lectures: "Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, a Texas Original, 1896–1958"; "Writers of the Borderlands"; "Cultural Treasures of San Antonio"; "Those Venerable Old Ruins: The Missions of San Antonio"; "Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Borderlands"; "Franciscan Missions of the Borderlands"; and "Symbols of Our Lady of Guadalupe." Each lecture is presented in a 50-minute format, followed by questions, discussion, and additional commentary.