Past Institutes

Abraham Lincoln

On October 22, 2014, Humanities Texas held a professional development workshop in Austin for secondary-level history teachers on Abraham Lincoln.


Faculty lectures addressed Lincoln’s role as a politician and commander-in-chief as well as his stance on slavery during his presidency. Content was aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), with particular emphasis on newly added or revised standards.

The workshop featured close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. The program was designed ultimately to enhance teachers’ mastery of the subjects they teach and to improve students’ performance on state assessments. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Workshop faculty included Eric Foner of Columbia University and Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas.

Program Resources

Our December 2014 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedule

The workshop schedule details the workshop's events.


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

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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"Abraham Lincoln" workshop participants at the Byrne-Reed House in Austin.
Eric Foner discusses Lincoln's views on slavery with workshop participants.