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The Mythological Legacy of the American West: An Hour-Long Lecture With Songs Bobby Bridger's epic trilogy A Ballad of the West was the inspiration for a course offered to incoming Freshman students at the University of Texas/Austin from 2001-2005. Designed by Dr.'s Richard and Patricia Richardson and Bridger, the course, Manifest Destiny and Environment: Fur Trade To Globalization, was part of the landmark Connexus: Connections in Undergraduate Studies Program at UT/Austin. Based on the classic seminar concept of fifteen students, the "Connexus Program" was launched in the late 1990s by the University of Texas as an antidote to the often-overwhelming hundred-student lecture classes incoming Freshman students normally encounter. Moreover, intending to introduce students to diverse perspectives, the "Connexus" classes were structured to be inner-disciplinary in order to present multiple academic approaches to a subject.

After the "Manifest Destiny and Environment" course at the University of Texas ended in Autumn 2005, Bridger created an hour-long lecture with an emphasis on the Native American and Euro-American mythology springing from the Trans-Missouri region of North America. The lecture features four songs from A Ballad of the West that illustrate particular historical/mythological events from both a Native American and Euro-American perspective. The lecture also links the mythology and history of the American west of the 19th century to those of the 20th and 21st centuries.

For further information, please visit the UT website or contact us.

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