Past Institutes

Twentieth-Century Texas

On February 10, 2012, Humanities Texas and the Texas State Historical Association held a one-day teacher workshop in Austin on Texas history in the twentieth century.


The workshop addressed topics such as the legacy of Reconstruction in Texas history, Progressive-Era reform movements, boom and bust in Texas industry, the Civil Rights Movement, and the emergence of two-party Texas. Content was aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), with particular emphasis on newly added or revised standards.

Forty-four teachers attended the workshop. The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. The program was designed ultimately to enhance teachers' mastery of the subjects they teach and to improve students' performance on state assessments. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Faculty included Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), George Green (The University of Texas at Arlington), Monica Perales (University of Houston), Joseph Pratt (University of Houston), and Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. ambassador to Qatar.

Program Resources

View videos of faculty lectures from the workshop:

Our February 2012 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview details the program's schedule and participants.


This workshop was made possible with major funding from the state of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Chase Untermeyer and Joseph A. Pratt lead teachers in the examination of primary sources.