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UHV Professor Brings Texas History to Life

On Monday, March 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m., members of the community will be able to attend a presentation students at the University of Houston-Victoria have enjoyed for more than 10 years. Dr. Dennis Riedesel, assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development, will speak as Texas Revolution hero Isaac Hamilton.

A “living history” event, the talk will feature Riedesel in costume speaking from Hamilton’s perspective as he recounts the Battle of Coleto and Goliad Massacre of 1836. Hamilton’s story of escape highlights the harsh conditions faced by those who fought for Texas independence.

“Dr. Riedesel stays in character for the entire talk, which is one of the reasons students find his presentation so memorable,” said Kori Wilson, professional development coordinator at UHV. “We are pleased to invite members of the community to share in this experience.”

A historical re-enactor for more than 25 years, Riedesel joined the UHV faculty in 1996. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Houston.

The presentation is being cosponsored by the UHV Office of Professional Development and the Victoria Area Institute of Lifetime Learning. As part of the event, a traditional Texas barbecue lunch will be served prior to Riedesel’s presentation. Admission is $10 and must be paid in advance. For more information, contact the UHV Office of Professional Development at (361) 570-4361.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.