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UHD history students tour the “Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War” exhibit

On Saturday, February 21, students from UHDs Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society and the History Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta toured The Printing Museum in Houston. Accompanied by faculty advisors Drs. José Álvarez and Nancy López, the students were treated to a special presentation conducted by co-curator of the exhibition, Dr. Irene Guenther, History professor at UH’s Honors College. The exhibition commemorates the centennial of the start of World War I through the hand-painted postcards of German soldier Otto Schubert. In dozens of postcards he mailed to his sweetheart back in Dresden, Schubert depicted his personal life and death experiences in the trenches and on the battlefield while serving on the Western Front. His art provided an insight into the personal and humanizing aspects of the Great War. In addition to Schubert’s artwork, Dr. Guenther also guided the students through the propaganda and literature that was produced in the United States once America entered the war in 1917.

UHD student visit Printing Museum

Faculty News

Dr. Gillette's Coauthored Book, Latin Eugenics in Comparative Perspective is Published

Dr. Aaron Gillette’s new coauthored book, Latin Eugenics in Comparative Perspective (Bloomsbury Press) is now in print and available in bookstores. This books “offers a comparative, nuanced approach to eugenics as a scientific program as well as a cultural and political program.”

El Paso's Muckracker: The Life of Owen Payne White by UHD professor Garna L. Christian

Front cover of Dr. Garna Christian's book, El Paso's Muckraker: The Life of Owen Payne WhiteRetired UHD history faculty, Dr. Garna L. Christian writes this long overdue biography of this over looked writer of history and journalism. Owen Payne White was a muckraking newspaperman who exposed corruption, crime, and hypocrisy which earned national recognitions as well as death threats. White was also a historian of the Old West and published eight books on this subject bringing local history to a national stage. His knowledge of Mexico allowed him to cover the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. Through it all, White never lost his sardonic wit, his scrupulous directness, or his intellectual and political independence.

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