B Movies and Bad History: Rodeo Moo-vies


September 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hear behind-the-scenes stories and learn the facts and fiction portrayed on-screen in a selection of Rodeo Moo-vie clips.

Program Details

Is there a more classic image of a "Texan" than a cowboy riding a bucking bronc or roping a stray calf? This archetype has been featured in movies repeatedly over the years, but what do these portrayals tell us about real Texans? In conjunction with Rodeo! The Exhibition, lasso your friends and join us for an exploration of the best and worst of rodeo movies through clips and conversation with historian Dr. Michael Wise and author and Texana expert, Dr. Don Graham.  

Educators: To receive CPE credit, email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com

About the Presenters

Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Southwestern American Literature/ Film, and Nineteenth & Twentieth Century American Literature/Culture. In 2005 Graham received the Best General Criticism Award from the City/Regional Magazine Association, for his literary columns in Texas Monthly. Graham's major publications include No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie MurphyCowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at TexasKings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, and in the spring of 2018 he released the book GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.  

Michael Wise is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas and an expert on the history of animal-human relationships in the American West. He is the author of Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies, a book about wolves and ranching that puts meat and carnivorousness at the center of America’s environmental and cultural histories. Wise is currently writing a new book on the history of western films and teaches a popular course titled “Hollywood and the Wild West” that provides a critical study of western films from an historical perspective.

Sponsored by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

Additional support provided by Dudley Bros. Ranch Family           

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.