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The UH Center for Public History 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. 

Although historians study the past, we are keenly aware of our present moment in 2020. We believe that history – and especially Houston's history – can offer us tools to help us make sense of the world we live in. In alignment with the larger efforts of the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the CPH Lecture Series will dedicate our programming this 2020-2021 academic year to examining the roots of systemic racism in our society. Our monthly events this year will explore critical topics including the history of voting rights, food access, environmental justice, health disparities, and legislative politics to name a few. 

Each of the major CPH Lecture Series events this year will be recorded and placed below for viewing. In addition, we have provided list of linked supplemental resources for each video, related to the content discussed in that specific lecture or panel. 

September 24th - "Black, Brown, and Blue: A Historical Discussion of Policing in Houston"


CPH Podcast, Public Historians at Work 

Episode 1 - "Tweeting through Race, Policing, and Social Change: Brian D. Behnken" 

Additional Resources

A discussion of the history of policing in Houston with Dr. Dwight Watson, Dr. Guadalupe Quintanilla, and Dr. Brian Behnken. The dicussion is moderated by Dr. Christopher Haight.For further resources on the topic of Houston policing, please consider the following:

October 21st, "Vanguard: When Black Women Led the Fight for Voting Rights"


CPH Podcast, Public Historians at Work 

Episode 2 - "Honoring Black Agency in an American Democracy: Martha S. Jones"

November 10th, "Three Feathers: Storytelling and Restorative Justice in Northern Indigenous Communities"



November 18th, "Houston in 2020: Self-Employed Black Artists - an Oral History Project by Amy C. Evans"


CPH Podcast, Public Historians at Work 

Episode 3 - "Documenting People through Food, Stories, and Art: Amy C. Evans"


March 4th, "Racial Health Disparities and Public History: Oral Histories of Latinx and African American Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic"