High Noon Talk: Educating the Enemy

Onsite & Online Program

April 6, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Discover an untold history, and what it revealed in post-war Texas.

Event Details

In 1946 the children of Nazi scientists were moved to El Paso as part of a secret military program, Operation Paperclip. Join Dr. Jonna Perrillo as she discusses her new book, Educating the Enemy, which explores this fascinating story and compares the German children's rapid assimilation into El Paso Public Schools to the treatment of Mexican American children in El Paso, who were not welcomed so warmly.

Purchase this book online through the Museum Store. All purchases support the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

Program is FREE to the public.

This program is available as an on-demand recording for CPE credit. To get access to the link and a certificate email Education@thestoryoftexas.com.

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About the Presenter

Jonna Perrillo is an education historian and Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Texas of El Paso. Her scholarship focuses on the history of schools and citizenship, both in the sense of how schools conceive of and teach citizenship values and how they enfranchise or disenfranchise the people who work within them (both teachers and students). She is the author of Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, and the Battle for School Equity (2012) and Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands (2022). Her writing has been published in the Washington Post, Education Week, El Paso Matters, and other news sources, and her work has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Zoom Information

This online program has automated closed captioning.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Banner image courtesy History of Alamo School by Ruth Cummings, 1951, UTEP Library Special Collections

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal ARP Act.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.

Lectures, Talks, and Discussions