Emeritus Professors Lecture Series

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”
Harry S. Truman
The 2013 Emeritus Professors Lecture Series

Presented by the ACC History Department

TV History: FACT or FICTION?

“Sea of Mud”
Retreat of the Mexican Army after San Jacinto:
An Archeological Investigation
Dr. Gregg Dimmick
PBS “Latino Americans” John J. Valadez, Producer

October 19, 2013
Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM
Northridge Lecture Hall, Building 4000


Dr. Gregg J. Dimmick, MD: Historical Documentaries: Compressed and Edited Truth
Dr. Dimmick is a vocational historian who has conducted scholarly research and written award-winning books in Texas history. He received his B.A at Texas A&M University and his medical degree at the University of Nebraska in 1977. He is a practicing pediatrician in Wharton, Texas where he has lived since 1980. He has conducted extensive archaeological excavations at the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Fannin Battle Site, and at several Indian sites across Texas. Among his numerous publications, his books include Sea of Mud, published in 2004 and General Vincente Filisola’s Analysis of Jose Urrea’s Military Diary published in 2007 by the Texas State Historical Association. His valuable collections of battlefield artifacts have been exhibited in formal displays at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University, the Bob Bullock State History Museum, and at the Fort Bend County Museum. He has made numerous television appearances on the Discovery Channel for “Unsolved History: The Alamo,” on the History Channel for “The de la Pena diary,” and on Houston’s Channel 55 for “Santa Anna’s Army.” He has received numerous awards including the San Jacinto Award, the Catherine Munson Foster Memorial Award for Literature in 2005, and the San Antonio Conservation Society’s Citation in 2007.his current projects include archaeological research at the Bernardo/Pleasant Hill Plantations and work on a new book entitled, Santa Anna’s Army in Texas, 1835-1836.

John J. Valdez: Prejudice and Pride: Latino History is American History
John J. Valdez is a Rockefeller Fellow, graduated from the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH in Boston and the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in New York and has been writing, producing and directing award winning nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 18 years. His films with Dan McCabe are currently running on national prime-time broadcast on the landmark PBS series Latino Americans. The two films War and Peace and Prejudice and Pride narrated by Benjamin Bratt tell the epic story of the Mexican American fight for equality from World War II through the 1970s.
Valcez had two films on the acclaimed PBS series POV: The Last Conquistador and Passin’ It On which was nominated for an Emmy. He directed the first hour of the PBS series Making Peace and directed The Divide, the first hour of the PBS series Matters of Race. At CNN, Valdez wrote, directed, and produced the award winning film High Stakes Testing for their prime-time documentary series CNN Presents. The film was an hour-long investigative work about the Bush administration’s education policies.
Valdez received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for his film The Longoria Affair which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens. Another film, The Chicano Wave also aired nationally on the PBS/BBC series Latin Music USA in both the United States and Europe.

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