Midland College to host West Texas history symposium


The seventh annual West Texas Symposium of History will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

Symposium fee is $5, which includes lunch and a copy of the West Texas Journal of History. Admission for MC students is free with a valid MC student ID card. Registration is available at the door starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

“The annual symposium offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase research of community college faculty and students,” said MC Assistant Professor of History Dr. David Hopkins, who also serves as event coordinator. “We are excited about the agenda for this year’s symposium, as the topics are diverse and cover aspects of history that may not be familiar to many. Symposium participants will be able to ask questions and participate in discussion following each presentation.”

The symposium and accompanying West Texas Journal of History are made possible through a generous endowment by Paula and Jim Henry.

For more information, contact Dr. David Hopkins at (432) 685-6805, westtexas@midland.edu

Presentation schedule

• 9:00-9:30 a.m. - Symposium Registration (Marie Hall Atrium, light breakfast provided) 9:30-9:35 a.m. - Opening Remarks (Dr. David P. Hopkins, Jr., Henry Professor of History at Midland College)

• 9:35-10:15 a.m. - William Holly: “Good Country Music From Amarillo to Abilene: West Texas & Country Music”

• 10:15-10:55 a.m. - Dr. William Christopher Brown: “Will and Assent in Thomas

Castleford’s Chronicle”

• 11:05-11:45 a.m. - Angelina Martinez: “Brown v. Border Education: Segregated Mexican Schooling in West Texas, 1954-1977”

• 12:15-1:30 p.m. - Honors Project Poster Session (105 Marie Hall)

• 1:30-2:10 p.m. - Tatum Dotson: “Ghosts in Granite: A Glimpse into the History of Midland County Cemeteries”

• 2:10-2:50 p.m. - Dr. Manuel Aldana - “A Lesson in Nation-Building: The United States in the Philippines, 1899-1946: Political Democracy & Filipino Nationalism”