Past Institutes

Texas in the Twentieth Century  

On June 6–9, 2022, Humanities Texas partnered with Texas Tech University to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering significant topics related to Texas in the twentieth century.


The institute curriculum aligned with TEKS standards for the state's high school U.S. history curriculum. Topics addressed included Texas and the U.S. in 1900, the Progressive Era in Texas, women’s suffrage, World War I, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, civil rights, the rise of a two-party Texas, and the portrayal of Texas in 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.


The program faculty included Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (Texas A&M  University-Commerce), Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University), Michael L. Gillette, Felipe Hinojosa (Texas A&M University), Alison Macor (The University of Texas at Austin), Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), Chase Untermeyer, Nancy Beck Young (University of Houston), and Sean Cunningham, Miguel Levario, Monte Monroe, and Lea Ann Lust, all of Texas Tech University.

Location and Schedule

The institute took place at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the campus of Texas Tech University. The schedule is available 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

Call 512.440.1991 or email