On Thursday, Apr. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lone Star College-North Harris will host the charter event of the college's new Lyceum series. The 2008 History Symposium topic, "Black, White and Brown: The Tri-racial History of Texas' Civil Rights Movement," presents an overview of the unique character of the civil rights movement in the Houston area and intellectual engagement with the overlapping critical issues at play among Hispanics and African Americans regarding the struggle for civil rights.
Four distinguished guest speakers will be presenting including: Dr. Michael Olivas, director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center speaking on the litigation history of Hernandez v. Texas, the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that was decided within 10 days of the Brown v. Board decision; and Dr. Neil Foley, associate professor of History at the University of Texas, author of The White Scourge: Mexican, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (1997).
Also, Dr. Thomas Cole, the Beth and Toby Grossman professor and director of the McGovern Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Cole is also a professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. And, Dr. Merline Pitre, professor of History and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University and author of Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: The Black Leadership of Texas, 1868 to 1898.
LSC-North Harris' new Lyceum Series is designed to bring visionary in-depth lectures and presentations to the community and campus. The Apr. 24 symposium will be in the Performing Arts Theatre on the college campus located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 E, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads.
For more information about the 2008 History Symposium, call 281.618.5425 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu/lyceum.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. It is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.
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