Past Institutes

American Writing on the Civil War

On October 25, 2013, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop for forty-four teachers in San Antonio examining seminal works of nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century American writing on the U.S. Civil War.


Emphasis was placed on the multiple perspectives that Americans had, and continue to have, on the Civil War, as well as on the rhetorical strategies and devices that authors have used to communicate effectively. Featured authors included Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane, Robert Lowell, Flannery O’Connor, and Natasha Trethewey.

The workshop featured close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the TEKS, and teachers received books and other instructional materials.


The workshop faculty included Randall Fuller (the University of Tulsa) and Daina Ramey Berry, Evan Carton, and Coleman Hutchison, all of The University of Texas at Austin.

Program Resources

Our November 2013 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview includes the program schedule and participants.


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, delivers a lecture on Frederick Douglass.
Evan Carton, Joan Negley Kelleher Centennial Professor in Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at Austin, delivers a lecture on the poetry of the Civil War.