Come join us for a fun filled evening! Fairgoers can enjoy varying activities from robot races to giant jenga. Play games, grab some food, and make memories with friends.
Celebrate the centennial of America’s first all-weather transcontinental highway, which connected Washington, D.C. and San Diego by crossing through 850 miles of Texas. Dan Smith gives the history of the Bankhead National Highway, named for U.S. Senator John H. Bankhead of Alabama, explains the Good Roads Movement, and provides a spiral-bound guide full of colorful detailed maps and photos of the Texas route county-by-county from Texarkana to El Paso. Perfect for a road trip!
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In the updated second edition of his book, UTA history professor Donald Kyle debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks. He explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle, how each culture responded to the other’s entertainment, and the relationship of spectacle to political structures. Kyle examines sport and spectacle in the Late Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan games and the Roman response.
After a three-year absence, the Texas Tradition Chorus returns to jump-start the holiday season with a rousing musical performance. The Burleson-based group of women is a four-part harmony a cappella chorus that sings barbershop-style arrangements in a variety of genres
Terry Stickels, internationally syndicated puzzle writer and lifetime Mensa member, will stimulate your brain, stretch your mind, and show you ways to avoid age-related dementia. He trains audiences to use the powers of their minds to improve mental flexibility and develop creative problem-solving skills. Stickels will demonstrate how great thinkers think through the use of puzzles.
From the time of the conquistadors until the early 20th century, tens of thousands of Indians were enslaved in the New World to work the gold and silver mines. This “other slavery” predated African slavery and lasted far longer. Reséndez makes the case that the indigenous population of North America was decimated not by smallpox, but by slavery. He argues that although Indian slavery was illegal, those who wanted to profit used social collusion and labor coercion to enslave the Indians. He challenges us to consider how influence, power, and capital are used to enslave people today.
This program coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Texas Labor Archives, which later merged with the Texas Political Archives, the University Archives, and the Jenkins Garret Collection to form Special Collections. Max Krochmal drew extensively from UTA’s AFL-CIO
Aldo Springer, Chief Park Ranger at Fort Pawnee National Historic Site in Kansas, defies his own judgment to conceal Amanda Lowenthal, a 28-year-old escapee from the state hospital for the criminally insane, who murdered her family when she was fourteen. When she demands asylum and threatens to jump from the crow’s nest of a flagpole, Springer—loathed by his superintendent and recently banished from the Rocky Mountains to Kansas—risks everything. Sherwood has written a compelling novel about escape and hope.