Past Institutes

The U.S. in World War II

In February 2015, Humanities Texas held two one-day teacher workshops focusing on the U.S. in World War II.


Topics addressed the turning points of the war in Europe, mobilization and the home front, and the war in the Pacific.

One hundred teachers attended the workshops. The workshops 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 Maury Klein (University of Rhode Island), Arnold Krammer (Texas A&M University), Brian Linn (Texas A&M University), Todd Moye (University of North Texas), Joseph Pratt (University of Houston), and Nancy Beck Young (University of Houston).

Program resources

Our March 2015 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshops. The newsletter also included firsthand accounts of American prisoners of war captured during World War II, as well as an excerpt of Dr. Arnold Krammer's "When the Afrika Korps Came to Texas," an essay about prisoners of war held in Texas during World War II. 

Locations and schedules

The workshop overviews detail each program's schedule and participants.

AustinFebruary 12Byrne-Reed HouseOverview
DallasFebruary 14Dallas Institute of Humanities and CultureOverview


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas thanks the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture for hosting the Dallas program.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Workshop participants at the Byrne-Reed House in Austin.
Workshop participants gather at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
Brian Linn leads a seminar at the Dallas workshop examining declassified intelligence documents related to the attack at Pearl Harbor.