The 2017 James Otis Lecture Series program will be held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, September 19th. The program is typically held on Constitution Day, September 17th, but since it fell on a Saturday, the program was moved to the following Tuesday.

Over 125 students from across Texas will arrive first thing in the morning and be taken on a personal tour of the Capitol before the program begins.

The program has been held in the chambers of the House of Representatives since 2012.  The students actually sit in the seats of the Representatives! It is a truly historical setting, and so full of Texas history.

We are honored to have Richard Middleton, ABOTA Foundation President, with us for our event. He is coming from Savannah, GA to experience the TEX-ABOTA “JOL” program.

We are thrilled that once again, the students will treated to a discussion by “rock star” history Professor H.W. “Bill”Brands. The topic will be his newest book, The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War.

Professor Brands will no doubt weave numerous strands of this history into a compelling story that might actually relate to today’s global events.

Students from Houston, Canyon Lake, Carrizo Springs, Palestine, Austin and Dripping Springs will participate in the event. TEX-ABOTA is again honored to have students from the Texas School for the Deaf, along with their interpreters, with us this year. Juan and Eva Dominguez will bring the students from Carrizo Springs, leaving at 4:00a.m. Tuesday morning to arrive on time.

After Dr. Brands’ talk, the group will walk across the Capitol grounds to the First United Methodist Church for lunch. Dr. Brands will most likely autograph the books that TEX-ABOTA has provided to student. After lunch, each student will be recognized and receive a certificate naming them as a James Otis Lecture Series scholar.

These students are interested in civics and government and history.  They are our future and TEX-ABOTA wants to present them with as many learning and experiential opportunities as possible.