Dr. Andrew Torget, an American historian at the University of North Texas, will present on his latest undergraduate course project, for which his students used simple digital tools to build an innovative online museum about the Civil Rights era in Texas. In 1956, Mansfield High School became the first Texas public school to desegregate. Dr. Torget and 30 of his students conducted archival research on this crucial but often overlooked chapter in civil rights history, and assembled their findings into an interactive online exhibit that challenges the accepted national narratives of the era. Dr. Torget will describe his pedagogical approach, along with the logistics and digital tools he used, offering a template for Southwestern faculty to facilitate original, high-impact undergraduate research in their own courses.
A veteran of pioneering work in digital scholarship, Dr. Torget has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress. In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. His most recent book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, won twelve book awards and prizes.