Past Institutes

American Literature of the 1920s

On December 13, 2018, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Dallas on American literature of the 1920s.


At the workshop, faculty and participants examined major historical developments and cultural movements of the 1920s, including Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Lectures and seminars focused on works by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. The program featured close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.

The workshop also introduced teachers to the Close Reading Interpretive Tool, a web-based application developed at The University of Texas at Austin that walks students through a systematic process of textual interpretation. All strategies and and content presented at the workshop aligned with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.


Workshop faculty included Adriane Bezusko (Texas Christian University), J. Gerald Kennedy (Louisiana State University), and James H. Cox and Jennifer Wilks of The University of Texas at Austin.

Location and schedule

The workshop took place at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. Download the workshop schedule.


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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Adriane Bezusko, lecturer in English at Texas Christian University, discusses strategies and tools for teaching critical reading skills.
James H. Cox, professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, discusses landmark works of short fiction from the 1920s.