The Texas Union Lectureship is a project of the Texas Union Advisory Council.
In 1983, the centennial year of The University of Texas at Austin and the 50th anniversary of The Texas Union, the University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized the establishment of the Texas Union Advisory Council. The Union Advisory Council is a support group composed primarily of university alumni who participated in Texas Union student leadership and programming activities as students.
Council members have a broad mandate to assist the Union in achieving its long-range goals by undertaking fund-raising activities to support specific programs and goals; by working actively to develop a broad base of support for the Union's role on campus and in undergraduate life; by advocating on behalf of the Union both on and off the campus; and by sharing experiences and historical perspectives with Union students and staff.
The first initiative of the newly created Council was a fund-raising campaign to endow the Texas Union Lectureship. The lectureship was established to expose university students to a wide range of philosophies and ideas by bringing well-known leaders in various fields to campus.
The inaugural lecturer was Henry Cisneros in 1988. Subsequent lecturers have included John B. Connally, Ernest L. Boyer, Barbara Jordan, James A. Baker, Rev. Peter Gomes and James Earl Jones.