On July 18, 2023, Humanities Texas will host a conversation with Scott Sosebee titled "America’s Team and Texas’s Team: Two Different Cities, Two Different Football Teams, and Two Different Civic Identities." Sosebee, professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University, is currently working on a book of the same title. Moderated by Aram Goudsouzian, professor of history at the University of Memphis, the conversation will explore the rivalry between the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s and how the two football teams reflected the cultural, social, and economic development of their respective cities. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
7:00–8:15 p.m. CT
This live, virtual event is free and open to the public. Please register online to attend. You will receive a Zoom link via email prior to the virtual event.
Scott Sosebee is a professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is also the executive director of the East Texas Historical Association and the executive editor of the East Texas Historical Journal. In addition to his faculty duties, he is an active historian who is the author or editor of six books. His latest works, published in the last three years, are Henry C. "Hank" Smith and the Cross B Ranch: The First Stock Operation on the South Plains; What Is It About Texas?: Essays on the Lone Star State; and More Than Running Cattle: The Mallet Ranch of the South Plains. He is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled America's Team and Texas' Team: Two Teams, Two Cities, Two Identities in the 1970s. He also writes a weekly newspaper column on Texas history, "All Things Historical," which appears in a number of East Texas papers.
Aram Goudsouzian is the Bizot Family Professor of History at the University of Memphis, where he teaches courses on the civil rights movement, the modern United States, and the history of American sports, as well as survey courses on African American history and the United States since 1877. He has served as department chair and as the director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. Along with Jaime Schultz, he is the editor of the Sport and Society series published by the University of Illinois Press.