MSU Texas Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series hosting two Zoom events

Evolution of deodorant, life of journalist Huie topics of speakers

MSU Texas Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series hosting two Zoom events

The Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host two upcoming Zoom events.

Mary Ben Heflin will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, via Zoom. Her talk will be “William Bradford Huie, the Truth Seeker: A Retrospective by his Stepdaughter.” Huie was the prolific and controversial author of The Americanization of Emily and The Execution of Private Slovik, which were made into films. As an investigative reporter, Huie frequently wrote about race-related crimes throughout the 1950s-70s.

The second speaker will be Cari Casteel, clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, via Zoom. Her topic will be “A Better Mousetrap for your Armpit: Deodorant and Technological Development in the United States.”

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and history professors, with more than 400,000 members nationwide.

These events are sponsored by the Department of History and the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Associate Professor of History Whitney Snow at or 940-397-8917 for more information or the Zoom link.