Noted UT Dallas historian to present Rondel Davidson lecture Feb. 23 at UTPA
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Posted: 02/14/2012
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As the nation approaches the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Rondel V. Davidson Endowment and the History Program at The University of Texas-Pan American are pleased to announce that noted historian Dr. R. David Edmunds will present this year's Rondel Davidson lecture Thursday, Feb. 23 on the topic "Tippecanoe: Tecumsah's Turning Point."

Edmund's talk will focus on the ways in which the first battle in the War of 1812 marked a significant turning point for Indian leaders Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa and their effort to unite Transappalachian Indians into a nation of their own. For Native Americans, the "Second War for American Independence" became the last war for national autonomy.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium at UTPA. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Edmunds is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas specializing in Native American-white relations in the 18th and 19th centuries. His work has won multiple prizes for writing and scholarship. He has served as a consultant in the production of more than a dozen films or documentaries produced for PBS, the History Channel, and commercial television and as an adviser to the Smithsonian Institution, The Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Park Service, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Oklahoma.

The annual lecture is made possible by the Rondel V. Davidson Endowment, a fund supported by private donations given in memory of Davidson, late professor and chair of UTPA's Department of History and Philosophy. The goal of the endowment and lecture is to arouse interest in issues of history, identity, memory and cross-connections in the arts and humanities that arise from the study of the human past.

Reserved free parking will be available in Lot C on the northwest corner of campus. Click here for a campus map showing the location of the library and Lot C.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Abigail Guzman at (956) 665-3561 or