Past Institutes

Understanding the Federal Government

On March 23, 2017, Humanities Texas held a one-day teacher workshop in Houston focusing on the branches of the federal government.


Topics addressed included Congress, the presidency, the federal judiciary, and the federal bureaucracy. 

Forty-one teachers attended the program. The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content aligned with the TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Workshop faculty included Terri Davis (Lamar University), George C. Edwards III (Texas A&M University), Sean Theriault (The University of Texas at Austin), and Chase Untermeyer (former U.S. ambassador to Qatar).

Location and Schedule

The workshop took place at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens. Download the workshop schedule.


The workshop 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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Sean M. Theriault, professor of government at The University of Texas at Austin, educates workshop participants on Congress in Houston.
“Understanding the Federal Government” workshop participants gather in the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens in Houston.
Terri B. Davis, chair and associate professor of political science at Lamar University, leads a discussion on primary sources in Houston.