Learn More About the CPH Lecture Series


Inaugurated in 1986 as the Tenneco Lecture Series, the series was made possible by grants from Tenneco, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The El Paso Corporation assumed the title of this Lecture Series from 2011 until 2014, when it was renamed the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series.

Over the years, the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series has sponsored several symposia, drawing international participants, on issues as wide-ranging as NAFTA and North American Urban Development; American Energy Policy in the 1970s; and Dumps, Landfills and the Neighborhood.

The UH Center for Public History Lecture Series has sponsored nearly 300 events across the UH campus. Past speakers in the Series include Robert Caro, Henry Cisneros, Norman Cousins, David McCullough, Elie Wiesel, Cornel West, Daniel Yergin, Lynton Caldwell, Alfred Kahn, and Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, among others.

With support of the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series, the CPH has hosted national meetings, such as those for the American Society for Environmental History (1993; 2005), Urban History Association (2008), and other professional associations.

Check out the CPH Lecture Series, Application for Funding page if you are interested in hosting a guest-speaker event and are seeking support! 

FY18 CPH Lecture Series Update

This fall, the CPH Lecture Series sponsored a number of guest-speaker events, both on and off campus.

In September, Dr. Tom Scheinfeldt (University of Connecticut) lead a workshop for CPH faculty and staff on collaboration about strategies for grant writing and developing Public History Incubators . He gave a public talk on “Collaborative Creativity: What Art and Design Can Teach Humanities Scholars About Working Together.”

In October, Dr. Jonathan Brown (University of Texas at Austin) gave a book presentation and book signing on, Cuba’s Revolutionary World – his recent work, examining the rise of guerrilla warfare throughout the Americas, the decline of democracy, and the wave of military counterrevolutions.

The CPH Lecture Series partnered with the Honors College and the Russian Cultural Center in October to host Prof. Boris Kolonitsky of the European University at St. Petersburg, speaking on the topic of cult figures during the revolution of the 1917 in Russia with reference to the ways Putin’s Russia is and is not recognizing this significant legacy of 1917.

Also in October, CPH sponsored PhD candidate Alex LaRotta’s organizing of Chicano Soul, a panel discussion and music performance with author Ruben Molina and Oscar Villanueva, Houstonian musician and a a pioneer of the Chicano soul genre. LaRotta moderated the panel as Molina and Villanueva discussed Molina’s book, Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture.

In November, CPH was also proud to support Dr. Kairn Klieman and the Global Energy Development and Sustainability graduate certificate program (GEDS) when they invited Dr. Philip Ademola Olayoku, an African Studies scholar and specialist on rural violence and conflict resolution in West Africa, to UH. Dr. Olayoku spoke on “Oil in the ‘Mix’ of Insurgency: Unmasking the Resurgence of Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria’s Northeast.”

CPH was also proud to support The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century that occurred on the UH campus, November 6th – November 7th. Professors Nancy Beck Young and Leandra Zarnow organized the conference, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the original National Women’s Conference, the only federally funded conference to study the issues American women face and to make policy recommendations to the U.S. government.