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Dr. Gene Preuss Joins Elite Group of Historians

During ETHA’s 2021 Fall Meeting in Nacogdoches​, Texas, members recognized Preuss as one of its newest Fellows. This honor recognizes those researchers, authors and academicians who have demonstrated excellence in scholarly activities related to the rich history of East Texas. Being named a Fellow is the highest honor bestowed to ETHA members. ETHA limits its Fellows to no more than 50 living members.  Read more about Dr. Preuss' fellowship​

Dr. Preuss on Houston's Racial History and Turning Point in U.S. History

Headshot of Dr. Gene Preuss"Protests over the death of George Floyd have brought together some of the largest crowds Houston has seen since the civil rights movement. Associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown, Dr. Gene Preuss, calls this movement a major turning point in U.S. history".

Watch the Interview with Dr. Pruess on ABC13

History Professor, Dr. Jonathan Chism combines love of history and religion in new book on Dr. Martin Luther King
Photograph of Dr. Jonathan Chism
In his new book, 30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Chism focuses on the spiritual teachings of Dr. King and what we can learn about love and tolerance. Dr. Chism writes, “On this first day of our journey, I invite you to embrace, remember and appreciate the special love God has for us.”

Dr. Chism was recently featured in the Houston Chronicle in an article by Lindsay Peyton.  Peyton describes 30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King Jr as a daily meditation guide where "each section creates a “day” in the book, allowing the reader to meditate for awhile before heading on to the next chapter."  “It’s not an academic text,” Chism says. “It’s more of a spiritual journey. The idea is for a person to get into the writings and have time for reflection.” Read more about Dr. Chism's latest publication, "30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King Jr."

Dr. Salvador Salinas on Hispanic Heritage Month
Dr. Salavdor Salinas on Great Day Houston

Dr. Salvador Salinas appears on Great Day Houston to discuss Hispanic Hertiage Month, celebrates the culture, heritage and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos. Hispanic Hertiage month begins September 15 to recognize the date Mexcio won independence from Spain. 
Great Day Houston interview

Dr. Salinas Speaks with Standford Graduate Students
Photo of Dr. Salvador Salinas In April 2019 Dr. Salinas was invited to be a guest speaker via videoconference at Stanford University, where graduate students in a course on the Historical Ecology of Latin America read his recently published book titled Land, Liberty, and Water: Morelos After Zapata, 1920-1940. Dr. Salinas spoke about the origins of the project and how he went about completing the research and writing for the book. Each student in the seminar then had an opportunity to ask Dr. Salinas a specific question about the book.

"Saints in the Struggle" -  Dr. Jonathan Chism's New Book

Dr. Jonathan Chism, assistant professor of history, uncovers the role of leaders in COGIC and other black churches in Memphis during the civil rights movement in his new book “Saints in the Struggle” (Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield).

Through archival research (including oral histories), Chism details the significance of grassroots activism during the height of the Civil Rights era and how black churches united (regardless of denomination) to advocate for equality.

 “The book uncovers many of the lesser known activists in the Memphis area, who worked behind the scenes,” Chism said. “One of the groups highlighted in ‘Saints in the Struggle’ is Community on the Move for Equality (COME).”  Read more about Dr. Chism's book.

Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss - Winner of East Texas History Association’s Higher Educator of the Year

Photo of Educator of the Year winner Mari Nicholson-Preuss

Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss, director of UHD’s Honors Program and lecturer in history, has been named this year’s winner of East Texas History Association’s Higher Educator of the Year. She was presented the Ottis Lock Award by former State of Texas Historian, Bill O’Neal. In Spring 2019, Dr. Nicholson-Preuss will be teaching HIST 3313, Houston Past and Present, which is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursdays, 11:30-12:45.

Dr. Preuss Featured

Screen shot of Dr. Preuss on the Isiah factor television program

Dr. Gene Preuss on the Isiah Factor Uncensored - What will happen to the remains of laborers found in Sugarland.

Dr. Gene Preuss on ABC13 - Lulac Clubhouse named national treasure.


King Jaja of Opobo, Lecture by Dr. J. Davey

PHoto of Dr Davey presenting his lectureDr. Joe Davey, lecturer in history, delivered his paper, “Replanting the Seeds of Home: King Jaja, Slavery and the Igbo Connections in the Niger Delta,” to a capacity crowd of over 80 students and faculty members on April 27. As part of the Social Science Lecture Series, Davey’s talk covered the meaning of slavery within the context of a mercantile economy through the biography of Jaja of Opobo, a one-time slave who built a commercial empire that controlled, for a brief time, the palm oil trade in southeastern Nigeria. Davey’s work is informed by both archival and oral history as well as by social theory. As part of his Fall schedule, Davey will be teaching a section of HIST 3326: Modern African History.

Dr. Theresa Case Research

Dr George Gree and Dr. Thersea Case

In April 2017, Dr. Theresa Case conducted research in the Texas Labor Archives at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also attended the archives' 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event recognized the opening of a new exhibit, "Walking the Line: The Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas." Dr. George Green, a historian of working-class Texas, spearheaded the creation of the Texas Labor Archives and brought countless resources to it from various Texas labor unions and labor movements. He crisscrossed the state for half a century, building the collection, which documents in impressive depth Texas working-class history from 1870 to the present. 

Last updated 4/25/2022 4:34 AM