History Department
History Department

Explore UT Open House

Sat, March 5, 2011 | PAR & MEZ

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Explore UT Open House

Want to know how our national parks have become more than national treasures or about the real "Indiana Jones" that "found" Peru's Machu Picchu? Ever wonder the role African Americans play in Texas history, why Hollywood — and the public — are so fascinated with the folk hero Robin Hood? And what about how women campaigned for the right to vote and why they were denied it so long? You're invited to attend the Biggest Open House in Texas at UT. Come to these free lectures offered by the Department of History's community of historians.

Neel Baumgardner
11 - 11:40 a.m. — Program repeats at noon
"America’s Best Idea: The History of National Parks and Wilderness"
Parlin Hall (PAR) 204
Historian Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had.” Graduate history student Neel Baumgardner will acquaint participants with some of our 400 national treasures, first set aside in 1864, that help preserve our nation’s environment.

Chris Heaney
11 - 11:40 a.m. — Program repeats at noon
"Hiram Bingham and the Kingdom of the Inca Skulls: Archaeology and Machu Picchu"
Parlin Hall (PAR) 105
The story of Hiram Bingham’s search for Peru’s lost cities of the Incas was so full of adventure and discovery it helped inspire the character of Indiana Jones. But it also led to a hard question: who owns the skulls, bones and treasures of the past?

Juliet E.K. Walker
11 - 11:40 a.m. — Program repeats at 2 p.m.
"From Slavery to Freedom: Texas African American History"
Parlin Hall (PAR) 208
Professor Juliet Walker provides a distinctive history of African Americans in Texas. She will demonstrate that history is inclusive of anyone in the past, especially when their lives are charged with historic significance.

David Conrad
Noon - 12:40 p.m. — Program repeats at 1 p.m.
"Robin Hood in American Cinema"
Mezes Hall (MEZ) 1.120
Robin Hood, the 12th century English folk hero, is familiar to Americans of all ages as the subject of numerous Hollywood films. Clips from six Robin Hood movies made between 1922 and 2010 reveal Hollywood’s evolving fascination with this timeless legend.

Megan Seaholm
2 - 2:40 p.m. — Program repeats at 3 p.m.
"How the Women of the United States Gained the Right to Vote"
Mezes Hall (MEZ) 1.120
Learn a brief history of why women did not have the right to vote and how, over almost 75 years, women campaigned to gain the vote.

Sponsored by: University of Texas, University Co-op, College of Liberal Arts, History Dept.

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