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A Collaborative to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of American History
in Region 4






Colloquia for 2006

  • Dolores Huerta
    • 5:00pm
      Educator’s Talk and Dinner
      Rockwell Pavillion
      Anderson Library
      University of Houston Main Campus
    • 7:30pm
      Dolores Huerta
      Cullen Performance Hall
      University of Houston Main Campus

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In 1962 along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).

Aside from currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farm Workers, she is the Vice-President for the Coalition for Labor Union Women, the Vice-President of the California AFL-CIO, and is a board member for the Fund For The Feminist Majority, which advocates for the political and equal rights for women.

Colloquia for 2005

  • Odetta
    "Songs for Social Change"
    • Educator Talk
      Dinner and Discussion
      Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 5:30pm
    • Concert
      "Songs for Social Change"
      Thursday, February 10, 2005, 7:00pm

      Odetta is one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. Before Odetta, no solo woman performer (let alone an African American woman) had toured the world singing folk, blues, Negro spirituals, jazz, work and protest songs, while telling the stories of America's southern experience. She is a pioneer, and one of the first major influence on the careers of Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Judy Collins, Tracy Chapman, Carly Simon, Casandra Wilson and Jewel, to name a few.

Colloquia for 2004

  • Eric Foner
    "THE IDEA OF FREEDOM 1900 - 2004"

    • Dinner
      Thursday, September 16, 2004, 4:30-6:30pm
      Kiva, College of Education, University of Houston Main Campus
    • Lecture
      Thursday, September 16, 2004, 7:30-9:00pm
      Houston Room, University Center, University of Houston Main Campus

      Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and ranks among our era's most distinguished historians.

  • Spike Lee
    • Dinner
      Monday, February 16, 2004, 4:30-6:30pm
      Great Hall, Alumni Center, University of Houston

    • Lecture
      "The Filmmaker as Historian"
      Monday, February 16, 2004, 7:30-9:00pm
      Cullen Performance Hall, Main Campus, University of Houston

      Spike Lee is one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers. His topical and critically acclaimed films have launched the careers of several young black actors and his work puts him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American cinema. In addition to his feature films, Lee has also produced and directed numerous music videos, documentaries and sports programs. Additionally, Lee has written six books on the making of his films and has recently completed writing a children's book.


Colloquia for 2003

  • James Loewen
    • Workshop: “Practical Issues in Teaching History”
           Thursday, February 13, 2003, 1-3 pm
    Farish Hall, University of Houston

    • Lecture: “Lies My Teacher Told me About African-American History”
           Thursday, February 13, 2003, Reception: 6:30 pm Lecture: 7:00 pm
           University of Houston Hilton, Waldorf Ballroom

    • Workshop: “Lies My Teacher Told Me and How To Do Better”
           Friday, February 14, 2003 , 9-11:30 am
           KIVA, Farish Hall, University of Houston

  • Howard Zinn

    Tuesday, September 23, 2003
    University of Houston Main Campus, Cullen Performance Hall

    Zinn, a professor emeritus of history and political science at Boston University, is one of the most famous social historians of our time. This activist, pacifist and author of A People's History of the United States as well as many other books was raised in a working-class home. He worked in a shipyard after high school and then joined the Air Force, where he fought in World War II as a bombardier. Later he taught at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he began to form his idea that the way to solve the problems in government is to work from the bottom up, starting with the people.

Colloquia for 2002

  • Ronald Takaki
    Wednesday, February 13, 2002
    University of Houston Hilton, Waldorf Ballroom

  • Richard Rodriguez
    Wednesday, September 25, 2002
    University of Houston Hilton, Waldorf Ballroom

    Richard Rodriguez is one of our country's most perceptive commentators about ethnicity, race and class. With the publication of Brown: The Last Discovery of America, he completes his trilogy on American public life that he began with the highly acclaimed memoirs Hunger of Memory (1982) and Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (1992). In Brown, he argues that Hispanics are coloring an American identity that traditionally has chosen to describe itself as black and white. The New Yorker praises his work, calling him “a writer of unusual grace and clarity, eloquent in all his reflections...He speaks with authority, in a voice of true clarity, and it is impossible to doubt him.”

  • Noam Chomsky
    Friday, October 18, 2002
    University of Houston, Cullen Performance Hall

    One of the country's prominent political dissidents, Noam Chomsky is a
    professor at MIT, a renowned authority on linguistics, and the author of
    more than 30 books examining such topics as U.S. foreign policy, human
    rights, and the corporate media.

  • American History Institute
    Nell Painter, Linda Gordon, and Allan Winkler
    Saturday, October 26, 2002
    University of Houston Hilton, Grand Ballroom

    Nell Painter, a renowned authority on race, gender, and violence in American culture, is Edwards Professor of History and former director of African American Studies at Princeton.

    Linda Gordon of NYU is the leading expert on the historical roots of
    contemporary policy debates regarding women, African Americans, and welfare policy.

    Allan Winkler of Miami University is one of the country's leading
    authorities on WWII, the Cold War, the atom and American life, and recent American history.

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The Project for the Active Teaching of History

Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PATH seeks to enhance the teaching of American history throughout the Gulf Coast region. A joint project of Region 4 Education Service Center, the University of Houston Department of History and College of Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, PATH will host a series of summer seminars for teachers and colloquia for the general public.

For additional information: Please contact Debra Williams, Education Specialist in Science/Social Studies Services at Region 4 Education Service Center, 713-744-6846 or