(Formerly the Tenneco Lecture Series)
The El Paso Corporation Lecture Series provides a unique opportunity for Houston professionals, community leaders, and others to consider historical, social and cultural perspectives directly related to the decisions they make. The Series brings to the University of Houston and the larger Houston community scholars, artists, and policymakers who shape our world and broaden our intellectual horizons.
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, which now owns natural gas pipelines built by Tenneco, assumed the title of this Lecture Series in 2011.
Over the years, the El Paso Corporation 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 El Paso Corporation 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 El Paso Corporation 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.
Requests must be made by UH faculty and sent to Professor Martin Melosi at firstname.lastname@example.org