San Jacinto Symposium: Speakers

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James E. Crisp

Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His book, Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2004) won the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. Texas A&M University Press published his How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much? In 2010, the year he was inducted as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. A Rice University graduate, Dr. Crisp earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University. He has helped select Symposium speakers and served as moderator for the past dozen years.

Michael Corenblith

Michael Corenblith is an art director and production designer. He was nominated for two Academy Awards in Best Art Direction for the films Apollo 13 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In addition to these films, he has lent his hand in the production design of several other Hollywood productions. Michael was the Production Designer for the film The Alamo.  He is currently a Professor at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film


Frank de la Teja

Frank de la Teja is currently serving as Texas State Historical Association’s Chief Executive Officer. De la Teja was the director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University until his retirement last August. He was the inaugural Texas State Historian as he concurrently served as TSHA’s President 2007-2008.


Denton Florian

Denton Florian, MBA, is the executive producer of a 2013 Lone Star Emmy Award-winning documentary Sam Houston. Florian is a native Texan and a graduate of both The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University.

Stephen L. Hardin

Dr. Stephen L. Hardin is a specialist in Texas, military, and social history and currently a Professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene. His numerous publications range from the award-winning Texian Illiad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution to, most recently, Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston, a fascinating study of early Houston society. In addition to his writing and teaching activities, Hardin has also provided specialist commentary on the A&E Network, the History Channel, the Discovery Network, and NBC’s TODAY show. He received his Ph.D. in Texas History from TCU.


Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan was born in Oklahoma City in 1948 and has lived in Texas since the age of five, growing up in Abilene and Corpus Christi. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly, and his articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of other publications as well. Harrigan is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Gates of the Alamo, which became a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and received a number of awards, including the TCU Texas Book Award, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. A 1971 graduate of the University of Texas, Harrigan lives in Austin, where he is a faculty fellow at UT’s James A. Michener Center for Writers and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly.


Alan Huffines

Alan C. Huffines is a retired military officer and combat veteran of two conflicts. He is the author of "Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo Siege and Battle, an Illustrated Chronology", "A Pilgrim Shadow", "The Texas War of Independence", and "Killed by Indians 1871." He serves as military editor for True West and as a columnist for Working Ranch magazines. He has provided historical work on numerous feature films and documentaries. He has an MA in History.


Paul Hutton

Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, award-winning author, documentary writer, and television personality. He is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, a former director of the Western History Association, and former president of the Western Writers of America. Educated in England, Texas, Taiwan, and Indiana, he received his doctorate in American history from Indiana University in 1981. He has published widely in both scholarly and popular magazines and is a six-time winner of both the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his print and film writing.


Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson is a filmmaker, comedy writer, film historian, and author of 42 books. For more than twenty years he worked as a producer and writer on many TV series. Thompson's documentaries and TV specials include "The Lost Remake of Beau Geste," "AMC's The Great Christmas Movies," "Frank Capra: A Personal Remembrance," and "The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life'." Thompson has contributed to several film encyclopedia and has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers. He served as Guest Curator for the museum exhibit "Hollywood Comes to South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State" which ran from January through October 2008 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC. This was a follow-up to his exhibit "Texas Movies" which ran in 2005 at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin, Texas.

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