ARLINGTON - Could there be a better way to learn about the science of politics than to study the career of a successful practitioner? Allan Saxe, who has taught political science for more than four decades at The University of Texas at Arlington, thought not. So, he designed an unusual curriculum with students engaging in original research to chronicle the political life of Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.
Eight students, all undergraduates, were involved in the research. They collected an extensive oral history from interviews with Moncrief, as well as former Fort Worth mayors Bob Bolen and Kenneth Barr.After the students’ research was complete, Saxe decided the results called for preservation as a tool for understanding the history of the Fort Worth area, as well as city management, policies and planning. A DVD of the interviews was placed in local community colleges and high school libraries and in UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.
Also a book, “Decades of Caring: A Chronicle of the Political Life of Mike Moncrief” is being published by Cengage Learning. The book is divided in two four sections, each co-written by two students. The sections cover Moncrief’s time as a Texas State representative, judge of Tarrant County Commissioners Court, Texas state senator and mayor of Fort Worth.
Contact Saxe at (817) 272-3992 for more information.
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