The Houston Seminar presents Texas: Myth vs. Reality

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<i>TEXAS: Myth vs. Reality</i>
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Most Texans, when asked where they are from while traveling abroad, respond with “Texas,” not “the United States.” We love our state, our swagger, our larger-than-life persona, our “anything goes” attitude, our self-styled myths, and perhaps, most of all, we love our independence. That ain’t working so well for us these days it seems. Neither are the tall Texas tales we have read, heard, and repeated. As they say in the press relations trade “when the client believes their own press release, trouble ahead.” Trouble has arrived, and the two-hundred-year-old press release about the Great State needs an update.

To help with the rewrite are three authors who have spent hours in the dusty archives of Texas myths and reality. Each one upends the myths and shines a painful yet needed light on some of our beloved stories of the Texas Rangers, race relations in Texas, and Texas lore in general.

Schedule of events

  • October 13: Doug J. Swanson, a novelist, journalist, and professor
  • October 20: Chris Tomlinson, a columnist for the Houston Chronicle with a focus on business, energy, and their larger cultural effects
  • October 27: Stephen Harrigan, a novelist, journalist, historian, and screenwriter

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