In June 2012, Humanities Texas held institutes on the campuses of Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and the University of Houston examining significant events and themes in U.S. history since Reconstruction.
Each institute curriculum aligned with the TEKS for eleventh-grade U.S. history. Topics addressed included the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, World War I, the literature and culture of the 1920s, the New Deal, World War II, American foreign policy following WWII, the legislative and political battles of the 1960s, African American and Mexican American civil rights, and Reagan and the Cold War. As in past years, institutes emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
The Dallas institute included lectures and workshops led by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians David M. Kennedy (Stanford University) and David Oshinsky (UT Austin), H. W. Brands, (UT Austin), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Erika Bsumek (UT Austin), Robert M. Citino (UNT), Crista Deluzio (SMU), Neil Foley (SMU), Ignacio García (BYU), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Allen Matusow (Rice University), Heather Nice (George W. Bush Presidential Library), Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College), and Nicole Waligora-Davis (Rice University).
The Houston institute faculty featured H. W. Brands, Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Shana Bernstein (Southwestern University), Robert Dallek (Boston University), Charles Flanagan, Brian Linn (Texas A&M University), Allen Matusow, Martin Melosi (University of Houston), Monica Perales (University of Houston), Linda Reed (University of Houston), Rebecca Sharpless (TCU), Nicole Waligora-Davis, and Nancy Beck Young (University of Houston).
The final report, to be published later in 2012, will include a full account of the institute and lengthy excerpts from faculty presentations, as well as participant biographies, a summary of participant evaluations, and photographs.
These institutes were made possible with support from the state of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.