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San Jacinto Symposium: Speakers
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 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, 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.