Alumni Lead History’s Webb Lectures

Six UT Arlington alumni are slated to speak in the Department of History’s 49th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures on March 6.

This year’s lectures, organized under the theme “Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities,” are dedicated to retiring Professor Stanley Palmer, who has taught at the University since 1973. The six alumni are graduates of the department’s Transatlantic History Ph.D. program.

“With this year’s Webb Lectures, we wanted to remind people how far we’ve come and what we’ve done since the Transatlantic History program began,” said Associate Professor Steven Reinhardt, one of the event’s organizers.

The Webb Lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Red River/Concho rooms of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Mark Allen (‘08), an associate professor at South Texas College, and Emmanuel Mbah (’06), an associate professor at City University of New York, will speak during the first session. Julie Holcomb (’10), an assistant professor at Baylor University, and Thomas Aiello (‘06), an associate professor at Gordon State College, will makeup the second session at 11 a.m. And Greg Kosc (’10), an associate professor at Tarrant County College, and Pawel Goral (’12), a lecturer here at UT Arlington, will round out the afternoon session.

Marcus Rediker (University of Pittsburgh) will offer the keynote address, “Searching for the Amistad Rebellion in Sierra Leone,” at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center’s Rosebud Theatre.

Reinhardt said the wide range of topics slated for the event should appeal to a diverse audience as well as underscore how the Transatlantic History Ph.D. program has grown.

“I hope those in the audience can walk away with an appreciation of what our program has done and what transatlantic history can offer,” he said. “Other doctoral programs have focused on the age of exploration to the age of revolutions, but since our inception, we’ve always emphasized that encounters and identity formation have continued even to this day.

“The subjects for the Webb Lectures show the breadth of our program and the possibilities people can pursue as they work on their own dissertations. It’s an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to be exposed to a variety of topics.”

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Webb Lectures

Schedule of Presentations

“Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities”
March 6, 2014

DAYTIME LECTURES

Session I — Encounters, 9:30 A.M. —  (E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River / Concho)

  • “The Talons: A Seventeenth-Century Captivity Saga”
    B. Mark Allen, Associate Professor of History at South Texas College
  • “’Home Away from Home’: The Cameroon Diaspora in the United States”
    Emmanuel Mbah, Associate Professor of History, City University Of New York
    Introduced by Steven G. Reinhardt, Associate Professor of History, The University of Texas at Arlington

Session II — Commodities, 11:00 A.M.  (E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River/ Concho)

  • “’The Second Fallen Adam’: William Adam and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reform”
    Julie Holcomb, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, Baylor University
  • “The Ties that Bind: Dallas, Lancashire, and the Cotton Trade”
    Thomas Aiello, Associate Professor of History, Gordon State College
    Introduced by Robert Fairbanks, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Arlington

Session III — Identities, 1:30 P.M. (E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River / Concho)

  • “The Natural Elite: British Hunter-Writers in the American West, 1865-1914”
    Greg Kosc, Associate Professor of History, Tarrant County College
  • “The Creation of the Transnational American West: European Western Films during the Cold War and the Question of National Identity”
    Pawel Goral, Lecturer, The University of Texas at Arlington
    Introduced by Stanley H. Palmer, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Arlington

EVENING LECTURE

7:30 P.M. — E.H. Hereford University Center, Rosebud Theatre

  • “Searching for the Amistad Rebellion in Sierra Leone”
    Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor, University of Pittsburgh
    Opening Remarks by Professor Beth S. Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Arlington
    Introduced by W. Marvin Dulaney, Chair of the Department of History, The University of Texas at Arlington

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