Kate Holliday, architectural historian and UTA associate professor, offers a critical examination of the work of New York architect Leopold Eidlitz. He was America’s first Jewish architect, a founding member of the American Institute of Architects, and the first American to define modern organic architecture. Eidlitz created a fusion of structure and ornament that defied the Gilded Age’s aesthetic and alienated powerful beaux-arts-trained American architects.
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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.
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
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.
Brenda McClurkin, Department Head of UTA Libraries Special Collections, will discuss her book Fort Worth's Quality Hill, which she wrote in collaboration with staff from Historic Fort Worth, Inc.
Fort Worth's Quality Hill illustrates how wealthy Fort Worth citizens wrangled the Belle Epoque into Cowtown. Vintage photographs portray bygone fashions and opulent architecture accompanied by stories about the families of Quality Hill, many of whose names still resonate in the city.
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
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.
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!
Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. President Eisenhower chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making her the second woman in history to be appointed to a president's cabinet. When she wasn't serving in the government, Hobby worked with her husband, former Texas governor William P.