A&M-Texarkana PLACE SuperLecture to focus on Civil Rights Movement in 1963


The Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will present Dr. Corrine Hinton’s SuperLecture, “‘God Decreed It So’: The Rhetoric of Destiny in 1963,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. in University Center 210 on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

Dr. Tonya M. Hill, Director of TRiO Student Support Services, will contribute to the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will focus on how politicians and activists like George Wallace, John F. Kennedy and Malcolm X blended and blurred religious, historical, and national characterizations of destiny during the pinnacle year of the Civil Rights Movement.

“My talk is, ultimately, about the power of language. Rhetoric from the Civil Rights Movement broadly, and 1963 specifically, helps us see the ways in which language was and is used creatively, deliberately, and quite publicly to persuade and provoke others,” Dr. Hinton said.

Dr. Hinton is an assistant professor of English at A&M-Texarkana. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in English from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Race and Ethnicity.”

Future PLACE events include the following:


· Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. – Dr. Daniel Fairbanks – Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race – Eagle Hall, University Center


· Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Dr. Doug Julien – SuperLecture, “Digitally Mapping Race in Texarkana” – University Center 210

· Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-10 p.m. – Screening and Discussion with Dr. Drew Morton – “Do the Right Thing” – University Center 210

· Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1:30-3 p.m. – Dr. Kevin Ells – SuperLecture, “Verifying Sources in Science Reporting or How NOT to Broadcast about Race” – University Center 210

· Thursday, Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m. – Dr. Leo Chavez – “The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation” – Eagle Hall, University Center

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