Past Institutes

The Cold War (2020 Online Institute)

From June 22–26, 2020, Humanities Texas held an online professional development institute for Texas teachers covering the Cold War.


The institute curriculum aligned with TEKS standards for the state's high school U.S. history curriculum, covering topics central to the history of the Cold War.

Each faculty member led a two-hour session that included a lecture, Q&A, and a seminar on teaching with primary sources. Faculty addressed the following topics: Origins of the Cold War; The Cold War and American Society; War and Foreign Engagements of the Cold War; Scientific and Economic Transformations During the Cold War; The End of the Cold War and its Legacy.

Like all Humanities Texas programs, the institute was content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies.


The program faculty included Mary Ann Heiss (Kent State University), Mark A. Lawrence (LBJ Presidential Library), David M. Oshinsky (New York University), and H. W. Brands and Jeremi Suri, both of The University of Texas at Austin.


The schedule for "The Cold War" online institute can be viewed 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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