Past Institutes

Three Centuries of Texas History

On June 19–22, 2017, Humanities Texas partnered with the University of North Texas to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering Texas history from the Spanish period through the twentieth century.


The institute covered topics central to the state's Texas history curriculum, including Native Americans in Texas, Texas under Spanish and Mexican rule, the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction, nineteenth-century Texas art, frontier defense, women’s suffrage in Texas, Texas during the Depression and World War II, the civil rights movement in Texas, and post-1945 Texas politics.

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.


Juliana Barr of Duke University delivered the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty also included Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Carolina Castillo Crimm and Nancy Baker (Sam Houston State University), Sean P. Cunningham (Texas Tech University), Jesús F. de la Teja (Texas State University), Stacy Fuller, Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University), Joseph A. Pratt (University of Houston), Robert Wooster (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), and Randolph B. Campbell, Debbie Liles, Richard B. McCaslin, and Andrew J. Torget of the University of North Texas.

Location and Schedule

The institute took place on the UNT campus in Denton from June 19–22, 2017. 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

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Juliana Barr, associate professor of history at Duke University, pores over primary sources with workshop participants in Denton.
Sean P. Cunningham, Humanities Texas board member and associate professor and chair of the Texas Tech University Department of History, delivers a lecture on “Post-1945 Texas Politics” in Denton.
Jesús F. de la Teja, former Humanities Texas board member and professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University, analyzes historical documents in Denton.
Richard B. McCaslin, professor of history at the University of North Texas, guides the discussion during a seminar in Denton.