On October 28, 2011, Humanities Texas hosted a reception for board members and other guests at the Byrne-Reed House. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and a lecture by Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and current senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.

The following morning, the board held its biannual meeting. Among other business, the board thanked outgoing members Julius Glickman, Leslie D. Blanton, Albert S. Broussard, Virginia Dudley, Juliet V. García, and Caren H. Prothro for their service.