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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Bill Moyers, formerly of Marshall and now one of the most distin-
guished commentators and producers in American broadcasting, and
Robert M. Berdahl, president of the University of Texas at Austin, will
headline the attractions at the Texas State Historical Association's cen-
tennial meeting on March 6-8, 1997, at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin.
Moyers will speak at the annual banquet on Friday evening, March 7.
He has earned his reputation with such award-winning programs as Lis-
tening to America and Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. He has been
senior news analyst for the CBS Evening News and executive editor of
the highly acclaimed Bill Moyers'Journal. Before entering broadcasting,
Moyers was deputy director of the Peace Corps and Press Secretary and
Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, a position he left to
become publisher of Newsday. His current project, Genesis, is one of the
most provocative and successful that he has undertaken.
Through it all he has never forgotten his East Texas roots, and one of
his most popular PBS programs was Marshall Texas, Marshall Texas. Born
in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, Moyers began as a cub reporter on
the Marshall News Messenger at age sixteen. He is a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin, which presented him with its Distinguished
Alumnus Award, and holds the Master of Divinity degree from South-
western Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
Robert M. Berdahl, a historian by training, left the University of Illi-
nois in 1993 to become president of the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Berdahl served as vice-chancellor for academic affairs at the Univer-
sity of Illinois and, before that, as dean of the College of Arts and Sci-
ences at the University of Oregon. He is the author of two books and
more than thirty articles relating to history and liberal arts education.
He was a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Study at Prince-
ton University and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to
study in Germany. He is listed in Who's Who in America.
Dr. Berdahl has called on the Association (and the Center for Studies
in Texas History) for assistance in several projects because he has been
focusing on Texas-related materials in the university's collections for il-
lustrations in programs, invitations, and other ceremonial publications.
In addition to these outstanding speakers, the program committee
has assembled the largest selection of presentations ever for our centen-
nial meeting. In the more than too scholarly papers to be presented, vir-
tually every aspect of Texas history will be addressed: Tejanos and
cowboys, Texas Rangers and folklore, Reconstruction and the Camino
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