Past Institutes

Twentieth-Century Texas

On February 8, 2013, Humanities Texas and the Texas State Historical Association held a one-day teacher workshop in Austin for fifty-one teachers on Texas history in the twentieth century.


Topics addressed included the Texas at the turn of the twentieth century, Progressive-Era reform movements, boom and bust in Texas industry, the civil rights movement, and the emergence of a two-party Texas.

The workshop featured 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 TEKS, and 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

Our February 2013 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

View videos of faculty lectures from the 2012 program:

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview details the program schedule and participants.


This workshop was made possible with funding from the Summerlee Foundation, with ongoing support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Joseph Pratt & Chase Untermeyer
Joseph Pratt and Chase Untermeyer lead a discussion of Texas's economy and political landscape from the twentieth century through the present.
Monica Perales
Monica Perales, assistant professor of history at the University of Houston and a Humanities Texas board member, leads a discussion of Hispanic civil rights, including the landmark Supreme Court case Hernandez v. Texas.