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20.1 Innovative Thinkers: Letter from the Editor

Debbie Z. Harwell, Editor Do you ever wonder when you see a new product, “Why didn’t I think of that?” (Sometimes followed by, “I’d be rich!”). A Google search for the question, “how do we get ideas?” returned 4.4 billion responses. (That’s billion with a “B”!). So, I did what most of us do and […]

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Dr. John Lienhard – An Engine of Our Ingenuity

By Cameron Thompson  Lienhard records an episode of the Engines of Our Ingenuity. He provides presenters a document with twenty practices for research, writing, and presentation on the radio, including word choice, speech habits, and staying within the three-minute time limit. Photo courtesy of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.  One cold October […]

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Arte Público Press

By Aileen Mendoza  Arte Público Press has become the largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic contemporary and recovered literature in the United States. All photo courtesy of Arte Público Press unless otherwise noted.  “As a child, Nicolás Kanellos couldn’t find books that accurately portrayed his Hispanic heritage. As an adult, he sought out and published the […]

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Nancy Sims and Katy Caldwell Talk on Political Junkies and Poodle Hair

By Max Ward  Katy Caldwell, left, and Nancy Sims, right, celebrate Nancy’s thirtieth birthday together in 1989. The pair met while working on a political campaign in 1984. All photos courtesy of Nancy Sims and Katy Caldwell unless otherwise noted.   Katy Caldwell and Nancy Sims both grew up in Houston in the 1960s. One was […]

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The Art Guys: Behind the Creators of The Statue of Four Lies

By Sydney Rose The Art Guys envisioned The Statue of Four Lies as an embodiment of themselves, their works, and the University of Houston. The duo spent over thirty years working together in Houston and exhibiting their work throughout Texas. Photo © Morris Malakoff, courtesy of Public Art UHS. A pair of bronze figures stand in […]

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University of Houston Integration Records: A Difficult Path to Desegregation

By Bethany Scott The Houstonian yearbook highlighted the need for financial aid as a major reason for the University’s bid to become a state school. Houstonian yearbook, 1961. Despite its current status as one of the country’s most diverse universities, the University of Houston, like numerous institutions of higher education, was founded in an era […]

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The Legacy of Marguerite Ross Barnett: A Modern Vanguard in Education

By Megan R. Dagnall The Board of Regents unanimously chose Marguerite Ross Barnett as president of the University of Houston in 1990, making her the first Black and female president of the institution. Barnett avoided discussion of her identity; instead, she focused on the community surrounding UH, and the development of the university as a premier research institution. […]

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Thanksgiving Special

From now through Thanksgiving (November 24th), purchase an individual Houston History magazine subscription for yourself and receive TWO free year-long gift subscriptions.* This Thanksgiving, let people know you’re thankful for them with a free gift subscription to Houston History magazine! Are you a first-time subscriber? Houston History is the voice of history and culture throughout the region. Not only is the […]

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Community Engagement from Blackboards to Technology

This special spring issue of Houston History features five articles for 100 Years of Stories: Documenting a Century at the University of Houston! Click on Buy Magazines to purchase a print copy or subscribe. Houston Public Media tells the behind the scenes stories of the work our students are doing in collaboration with Houston Public Media and […]

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Sue Garrison: The Inspiration Behind Generations of Educators and Leaders

By Debbie Z. Harwell “Women like her made women like me.” —Debbie Sokol, award-winning volleyball player, coach, and trainer. Sue Garrison, the University of Houston’s first director of women’s physical education and women’s athletics (1945-1979), was ahead of her time, creating opportunities for women long before Title IX. Photo courtesy of the TWU Libraries Woman’s […]

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