Past Institutes

The Court and the Constitution (Fall 2021 Online Series)

In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas held a series of webinars for history and government teachers focusing on landmark Supreme Court cases in U.S. history.


The webinar series aligned with the TEKS and focused on milestone cases in Supreme Court history related to civil liberties, civil rights, defining federal power, and criminal procedure. Cases included Marbury v. Madison (1803), McCullough v. Maryland (1819), Gibbons v. Ogden (1824), Hernandez v. Texas (1954), Mapp v. Ohio (1961), Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), and United States v. Lopez (1995).

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


The program faculty included Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), Kevin T. McGuire (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Alyx Mark (Wesleyan University), and Carol Nackenoff (Swarthmore College).


The institute schedule 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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