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Oil and Water: Economic Linchpins of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast

 

Part One : Focus on Oil - September 25, 2017

oil derrick

Bobby Weaver, Working in the Oil Patch: from Spindletop to the Present

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

 

Part Two: Focus on Water - October 23, 2017

Port of Beaumont

David Falloure, Deep Water: The Story of Beaumont and Its Port

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing in the Reaud Event Room

 

Focus on Texas - The Great War - November 6, 2017

WW I

Lila Rakoczy, The Golden Triangle and the Great War

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Public session, Reception and Talk in the University Event Center, 8th floor library

Few states were as transformed by World War I as Texas.  This was especially true of the southeast region of the state, particularly the communities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.  As the nation mobilized for war in 1917,  the "Golden Triangle" responded not just through military enlistments, but through its shipbuilding, oil, and timber industries.  This concentration of labor, both black and white, also brought the watchful eye of a government intent on suppressing labor and racial activism, as well as anti-war sentiment. What emerges is a complicated picture of a region grappling with great change amidst the pressures of war over 100 years ago.

Free and open to the public.

Focus on Music - November 16, 2017

Cajun music

Kevin Fontenot and Carolyn Gnagy, Singing the Dream: Cajun and Prison Music

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing in the Reaud Event Room