Past Institutes

The Cold War

On June 12–15, 2017, Humanities Texas partnered with Texas Tech University to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering the Cold War.


The institute covered topics central to the Cold War period, including the origins of the Cold War, the Red Scare and McCarthyism, the Korean War, the Cold War and the Third World, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, détente and the transformation of the Cold War, the cultural Cold War, the Cold War in the Middle East, the rise of the new right, Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War, and teaching the Cold War through film.

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. 


Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at The University of Texas at Austin, delivered the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty also included Terry Anderson (Texas A&M University), Jeffrey Engel (Southern Methodist University), Mary Ann Heiss (Kent State University), Mark A. Lawrence (UT Austin), Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines), Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David Oshinsky (NYU), Kelly Shannon (Florida Atlantic University), and Sean Cunningham, Justin Hart, and Ron Milam of Texas Tech University.

Location and Schedule

The institute took place on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock from June 12–15, 2017. The schedule is avaialble 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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Mary Ann Heiss, associate chair and associate professor in the Kent State University Department of History, discusses primary sources in Lubbock.
Kenneth Osgood, professor of history and director of the McBride Honors Program at Colorado School of Mines, analyzes historical documents in Lubbock.
David M. Oshinsky, professor of history and director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University, presents on “The Red Scare and McCarthyism” in Lubbock.
Jeremi Suri, professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, speaks about the origins of the Cold War in Lubbock.