A&M-Texarkana Program for Learning and Community Engagement lecture to focus on ‘Superfund Drama in Texarkana: The Battle of Carver Terrace’


The Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will feature Dr. James Presley with “Superfund Drama in Texarkana: The Battle of Carver Terrace” on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. in University Center 210 on the A&M-Texarkana campus at 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Presley’s presentation integrates a prior PLACE theme of Environmental Issues and this year’s theme of Race and Ethnicity,” says Dr. Tom Wagy, Professor of History and PLACE Committee member.
Dr. Presley will base his lecture largely on first-hand, eye-witness experiences, and focus on the interplay of race, politics and environment at the local level.

Dr. Presley is a native of Nash, Texas, a graduate of Red­water High School and the author of nine nonfiction books, numerous articles, short fiction and poetry. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Future PLACE events include the following:

· Tuesday, Oct. 18, 12-2:30 p.m. – Dr. Kim Murray – “Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation? A Conversation about Halloween Costumes” – Eagle Lounge, University Center

· Wednesday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Dr. Corrine Hinton – SuperLecture, “‘God decreed it so’: The Rhetoric of Destiny in 1963” – University Center 210

· 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

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Perri at mperri@tamut.edu, Dr. Luz Mary Rincon at lrincon@tamut.edu or Corinne Billings at cbillings@tamut.edu.

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