Past Institutes

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

In February 2018, Humanities Texas held one-day teacher workshops in Dallas and San Antonio focusing on teaching landmark Supreme Court cases.


Each workshop focused on milestone cases in Supreme Court history related to civil liberties, civil rights, defining federal power, and criminal procedure.

The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.


Workshop faculty included Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Joseph Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), Cullen Macbeth (public defender in Las Vegas), and William E. Forbath, H. W. Perry Jr., and Jordan Steiker of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Locations and Schedules

Download the overview for each workshop.

DallasFebruary 7, 2018Old Red MuseumOverview
San AntonioFebruary 8, 2018The Witte MuseumOverview


The workshops were made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Joseph F. Kobylka, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, presents a lecture on defining federal power in Dallas.
Cullen Macbeth, a federal public defender in Nevada, shares resources during a seminar in Dallas.
H. W. Perry Jr., associate professor of government and law at The University of Texas at Austin, speaks about civil liberties cases in San Antonio.