Dr. Don E. Carleton is the executive director of The University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, position he’s held since its creation in 1991. From 1979 until 1991, Dr. Carleton was head of the University's Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center. From 1975 until 1979, he served as founding director of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC). He has joint senior faculty appointments in the UT department of History and the Schools of Journalism and Information. In addition, he holds the J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History.
Dr. Carleton has published and lectured extensively in the fields of local history, archives, historical research methods and sources, urban history, the history of broadcast journalism, and Twentieth Century U.S. political history. His publications include Red Scare (Texas Monthly Press, 1985); A Breed So Rare: The Life of J. R. Parten, Liberal Texas Oil Man, 1896–1992 (Texas State Historical Association, 1998); Who Shot the Bear? J. Evetts Haley and the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center (Wind River Press, Austin, TX, 1984); Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience (University of Texas Press, 2002); Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company (University of Texas Press, 2007); Dolph Briscoe: My Life in Texas Ranching and Politics (Center for American History, 2008); Conversations with Cronkite (Briscoe Center for American History, 2010); and Big Red: Memoirs of a Texas Entrepreneur and Philanthropist (Briscoe Center for American History, 2010).
He is the Executive Producer of the historical documentary film When I Rise, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2010 and aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens.
This is the seventh Annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture which honors the two Harry Wilmer’s who were instrumental in founding the Institute for the Humanities. The purpose of the Wilmer Memorial Lecture is not only to remember Harry and Hank Wilmer but also to remember other children and family members who have died and to celebrate life, death and spirit of humanity in the community. This lectureship combines The Harry Wilmer II lectureship, formerly held in January, with the Harry Wilmer III (Hank) Wilmer Memorial Lecture, held in June. The Wilmer Lecture has been an annual event since 1998, following the death of Hank Wilmer (Harry Wilmer III).