High Noon Talk: The Mexican American Experience in Texas

Onsite Program

August 3, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Discover the stories of Texas through this collection of key moments and personalities.

Event Details

From the Spanish Colonial period through American Citizenship, Reconstruction, Desegregation and current migrations, various cultural groups have struggled with oppression. Join Dr. Martha Menchaca the author of the new book, The Mexican American Experience in Texas, for a talk about the long battle for equality, the struggle and triumph in the Mexican American experience.

This program will be held onsite in the Texas Spirit Theater.

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.

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

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About the Presenter

Martha Menchaca is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research interests are in the field of historical and legal anthropology.  She has published 6 books and is the author of 19 articles and book chapters examining schooling, immigration, civil rights, and race relations. Dr. Menchaca’s most recent book The Mexican American Experience in Texas:  Citizenship, Segregation, and the Struggle for Equality (2022) examines the civil rights history of Mexican Americans in Texas. Her previous books have received national attention and awards. Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants:  A Texas History (May 2011), won the best book award for the National Association of Chicano Studies. Her book was also previewed by CSPAN-Book as one of the best college books examining the history of U.S.-Mexico immigration policy.  Dr. Menchaca also received three “Outstanding Academic Book” awards by CHOICE for: The Mexican Outsiders:  A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California (1995), The Politics of Dependency: US Reliance on Mexican Oil and Farm Labor (2016), and Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans (2001). For Mexican Outsiders Professor Menchaca also received the Gustavus Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. She is also the co-author of “Barrio Ballots” (1994) which deals with electoral politics.

Dr. Menchaca grew up in Santa Paula, California. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1974) and her Ph.D. from Stanford University (1987). She is the mother of twin boys and the spouse of Dr. Richard Valencia. She has acted as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, voting section.  

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.

Banner image courtesy University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, crediting Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

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