Webb Lecture Series

Every year since 1965, the UTA Department of History has sponsored an annual series of lectures in memory of the late Walter Prescott Webb.

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series

Walter Prescott Webb (1888-1963)

One of the twentieth century’s most prominent and influential historians, Webb wrote or edited more than twenty books during his long and distinguished career. Although his roots were in Texas, his inquiry encompassed time and space from the Rio Grande to the Great Plains and the Great Frontier. His first book, The Great Plains (1931), was hailed by the Social Science Research Council as the outstanding contribution to American history since the end of World War I. Later, as President of the Texas State Historical Association from 1939 to 1946 he launched a project to preserve the state's history and create “the most useful book that has ever been published in Texas.” His efforts led to the 1952 publication of the Handbook of Texas - a comprehensive encyclopedia of the state's geography, history, and prominent citizens. Today, Webb’s vision lives on as a digital encyclopedia covering the entire history of Texas from the indigenous Native Americans and the Prehistoric Era to the state’s diverse population and the Modern Age.

Each Spring, the Department of History honors Webb's legacy with the “Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series.” The event brings distinguished scholars to the UTA campus to address subjects of historical and contemporary significance. Following the conclusion of the series, guest speakers are invited to revise and polish their lectures for inclusion in an edited collection published by Texas A&M University Press.

Recent Webb Lectures have examined a wide range of topics including travel and travel writing in the modern era; the Medieval Mediterranean world; new historical approaches to the Texas Revolution; transnational perspectives on the Soviet Bloc; and deportation in the Americas.

Upcoming Lectures

  • The 55th Annual Webb Lecture Series, devoted to “Flight Culture and the Human Experience,” will take place virtually via livestream on 15 & 16 April 2021.
  • Our 2nd Annual Webb Teachers Workshop for 7th-12th grade teachers will be livestreamed on Saturday, 17 April 2021.