The 2010 Emeritus Professors Lecture Series
Scholarly History of Americans in War, Disease, and Disaster


Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield: Military History as High Adventure
Dr. Hatfield is an American academic, lecturer, writer, and historian. He is a senior research fellow at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the Center’s Military History Institute. He received his B.S at Trinity University, and his M.A. and PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Hatfield was the founding president of the John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Virginia; an associate commissioner of the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education; and the founding president of Austin Community College. He is a former president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association of the USA, and was a founding faculty member of the Normandy Scholar Program at U.T. He is currently writing the biography of James earl Rudder, war hero and president of Texas A&M University to be published in 2011 by Texas A&M University Press.

Dr. Gene G. Preuss: Disaster and the Urgency of History
Dr. Preuss is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston-downtown, where he serves as the History Program Coordinator and Achieving the Dream Program Core Team Leader. He is active in state, regional, and national professional history organizations, and his research focuses on the history of minority education. He is currently working on a study of Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos and African-American public schools in Texas. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and was co-author of There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina published by Routledge in 2006 with Alan H. Stein. His book, To Get a Better School System: On Hundred Years of School Reform in Texas was published by Texas A&M university Press in 2009.

Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss: Infectious Disease in Modern Medicine

Dr. Nicholson-Preuss is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown. She earned her M.A. and B.A. in History at Texas Tech University and a PhD. from the University of Houston. Her fields of study included the history of medicine, modern social history and Britain and the British Empire. Her dissertation, “Down and Out in Old JD,” traced the evolution of Houston’s public hospital and examined the impact of a widely publicized epidemic in its nurseries on public attitudes toward indigent health care. She is the 2010 recipient of the Excellence in West Texas History Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by Angelo State University and the West Texas Historical Association. Dr. Nicholson-Preuss has presented at international and national conferences on a variety of topics related to her scholarship ranging from hospitals in hurricanes to antibiotic resistant nosocomial infections in the 1950s.

Northridge Lecture Hall (NRG 4136)