Award-Winning Teacher, Author, Climber Recalls Beginnings at University of Arkansas


betty_winfieldBetty Houchin Winfield says her undergraduate days at the University of Arkansas were a time to find herself.

“I think of that time as a personal renaissance for me in lots of ways,” said Winfield, who is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award in Education from the College of Education and Health Professions. “I learned a lot about myself, my identity and beliefs. I learned to speak out.”

It was a turbulent time with the fight for civil rights, including the crisis at Central High School in Little Rock, she recalled.

Winfield grew up in Little Rock and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in 1959. She lives in Seattle now but still has family in Fort Smith and Charleston. She taught 21 years at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in Columbia and retired before an appointment as Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland last year. Read More

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