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Dr. Harriett Joseph

History Dept.
The University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Ft. Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-8878
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Topics of Expertise

European Colonization
Texas Revolution
Texas Arts and Culture

Presentations

1. Notable "Mexicanos" and "Tejanos" in Texas History, 1821-2000

Summary: Can be customized as to length and audience. Uses a biographical approach to introduce significant Hispanics and illuminate their roles in Texas, U.S., and world history. Among people who can be featured are Antonio López de Santa Anna, longtime Mexican president and dictator; Erasmo and Juan Seguín, active before, during, and after the Texas Revolution; Juan Nepomuceno de Cortina, legendary nineteenth-century border folk hero; Adina de Zavala, the Angel of the Alamo; Emma de Tenayuca, radical labor organizer; Jovita de González (folklorist) and her husband, Edmundo de Mirleles, pioneers in bilingual education; Roy Benavides Jr., Congressional Medal of Honor winner from the Vietnam era; Irma Rangel, longtime member of Texas House of Representatives; and Selena de Quintanilla, the famous Tejana singer. Time allowed at end for questions and answers, if desired.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.19(A), 4.19(B), 4.19(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.1(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.3(B), 7.4(A), 7.6(A), 7.7(D), 7.19(A), 7.19(B), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Appropriate Audience: Middle School (11-14 yr olds), High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Overhead projector for showing transparencies; microphone, preferably lapel, for large audiences; and podium

2. Antonio López de Santa Anna

Summary: Can be customized as to length and audience. Uses a biographical approach to present information on Mexican and Texas history during the first half of the nineteenth century. Stresses that even though Santa Anna was an egotistical opportunist who is not admired in his homeland today, he was the most powerful figure in Mexico from the 1820s to the 1850s. In that capacity, he greatly influenced Texas history as well, especially during the periods of the Texas Revolution, the Republic, and the Mexican War. Time allowed at end for questions and answers, if desired.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(D), 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS:
7.1(A), 7.1(C), 7.2(D), 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Appropriate Audience:
Middle School (11-14 yr olds), High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Overhead projector for showing transparencies; microphone, preferably lapel, for large audiences; and podium

3. Notable Men and Women of Spanish Texas, 1527-1821

Summary: Can be customized as to length and audience. Uses a biographical approach to present information about Texas during the Spanish colonial period. The presentation typically features four to six people, such as colonizer José de Escandón, Governor Domingo de Cabello, Indian agent Athanase de Mézières, María de Jesús de Agreda (the Lady in Blue), Indian slave María Gertrudis de la Peña, and María de Padilla (wife of Antonio Gil de Ibarvo). Time allowed at end for questions and answers, if desired.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.19(A), 4.19(B), 4.19(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.1(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.3(B), 7.4(A), 7.6(A), 7.7(D), 7.19(A), 7.19(B), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Overhead projector for showing transparencies; microphone, preferably lapel, for large audiences; and podium

4. Notable Women of Spanish Texas

Summary: Can be customized as to length and audience. Uses a biographical approach to present information about women in Texas during the Spanish colonial period. The presentation typically focuses on the nun, María de Jesús de Agreda, known as the Lady in Blue; María Gertrudis de la Peña, an Indian slave; and María de Padilla, wife of Antonio Gil de Ibarvo. Time allowed at end for questions and answers, if desired.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.19(A), 4.19(B), 4.19(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.1(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.3(B), 7.4(A), 7.6(A), 7.7(D), 7.19(A), 7.19(B), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Overhead projector for showing transparencies; microphone, preferably lapel, for large audiences; and podium

Areas of Service

Anywhere
Anywhere within Texas
Within 150 Miles of Abilene
Within 150 Miles of Amarillo
Within 150 Miles of Brownsville
Within 150 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth
Within 150 Miles of El Paso
Within 150 Miles of Houston
Within 150 Miles of San Antonio

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