Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Presidents and assassins, architecture and a ranch

MC/Greenwood High School dual-credit history students at symposium
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“History is the study of written remains. It involves reading and researching records,” explained MC Henry Chair of History Dr. William Morris during his opening remarks at the Second Annual West Texas Symposium of History on Saturday, March 22.

Morris continued, “The Symposium gives Midlanders the opportunity to learn about some of that research. This is a wonderful way to showcase the works of community college faculty!”

Most of the presentations focused on Texas history, and two of the presentations featured West Texas, in particular. This year’s presentations included the following:

“Evaluating and Ranking U.S. Presidents” by Dr. William Morris
“Fifty Years after the Warren Commission: Re-examining the Evidence” by Sara Peterson
   and Katanna Zachary
“Frank Welch, Architect: His Legacy in Midland, Texas” by Dr. Terry Gilmour
   and J. Don Wallace
“Samuel Burk Burnett and the 6666 Ranch” by Dr. Damon Kennedy

Participants of the symposium included high school students, college students, community participants and senior citizens who are enrolled in Morris’ popular College Classics course. Following each presentation, attendees were able to ask questions and engage in discussion about the topic.

Greenwood High School 11th-grader and MC dual credit student Amanda Bell said, “When my teacher told us we could get extra credit by going to hear history lectures on a Saturday, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. Morris explained that U.S. history could be organized by presidential administrations, and that ‘clicked’ with me. I really enjoyed learning about the Kennedy autopsy because I like science and want to be a doctor.”

All of the presentations will be compiled into the Second Edition of the West Texas Journal of History, which will be available in May. Both the symposium and journal are made possible by a generous gift from Paula and Jim Henry.

Symposium sponsors Paula and Jim Henry

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