B Movies and Bad History: Texas Through the World's Eyes


September 14, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Take a tour of some of the best (and worst) movies and television shows with historians, authors, and media experts as they expose the historical facts and fiction on-screen.

Program Details

Bringing together history and  film, B Movies and Bad History illuminates the state's rich cultural heritage by exploring the myths and realities of Texas and Texans in pop-culture. Join author and Texana expert Don Graham for an exploration of internationally produced films set in Texas. How do these portrayals reflect the way the world sees Texas and Texans? 

Educators, to receive CPE credit, please email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com

About the Presenters

Dr. Don Graham is J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Graham’s research interests include Southwestern American Literature/ Film, Nineteenth & Twentieth Century American Literature/Culture, and Australian Literature.  His publications include No Name on the Bullet:  A Biography of Audie Murphy (1989), Cowboys and Cadillacs:  How Hollywood Looks at Texas (1983); and Kings of Texas:  The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire (2003), which won the T.I.L. Carr P. Collins Prize for Best Nonfiction Book.

In 2005 Graham received the Best General Criticism Award from the City/Regional Magazine Association, for his literary columns in Texas Monthly.  In 2006 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching at UT. In 2007 TCU Press published the anthology Literary Austin, which he edited. In 2008 Graham received the A.C. Greene Literary Award from the West Texas Book and Music Festival, and TCU Press published State Fare:  An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. In 2011 he received the Tom Cable Award for Upper-division Teaching, and a collection of essays, State of Minds:  Texas Culture and Its Discontents, was published by the University of Texas Press. In  2013 he received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2014 he received an Alcalde Top Ten Professors Ever Award. His most recent book is a study of the Australian writer: Michael Wilding and The Fiction of Instant Experience: Short Stories, Novels, Memoirs, 1963-2012, published in 2013.  He is currently completing a history of the making of the film Giant.

Educators to receive CPE credit email education@thestoryoftexas.com

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