Past Institutes

Founding a New Nation

On June 5–8, 2017, Humanities Texas partnered with the LBJ Presidential Library and the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering U.S. history during the founding period.


The institute covered topics central to the founding period of U.S. history, including the American Revolution, George Washington’s military leadership and presidency, the Articles of Confederation, Native Americans and African Americans during the Revolution, medicine in early America, the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the rise of political parties, the role of women during the founding period, Alexander Hamilton and the development of the U.S. economic system, the establishment of the federal judiciary, and American foreign policy from Washington to Monroe.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jack N. Rakove (Stanford University) delivered the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty also included Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware), Carol Berkin (Baruch College), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Jesús F. de la Teja (Texas State University), Woody Holton (University of South Carolina), Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), James Kirby Martin (University of Houston), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Oshinsky (New York University), and Alan Tully (UT Austin).

Location and Schedule

The institute took place at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin from June 5–8, 2017. The schedule is available here.


The institute 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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