Upcoming Institutes

“I Hear America Singing”: Poetry, Patriotism, and These United States (Spring 2023 Webinar)

On April 4, 2023, Humanities Texas will hold a webinar for English language arts teachers on understanding and teaching a diverse set of patriotic poems.

The webinar will take place over Zoom from 5–6:15 p.m.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS for secondary-level English language arts. This webinar, scheduled to coincide with the beginning of National Poetry Month, offers ways of understanding and teaching a diverse set of patriotic poems. Since at least the late eighteenth century, poets have used their art to both celebrate and critique the United States of America. We will discuss the definition, form, and occasion of patriotic poetry; read poems by writers like Walt Whitman, Emma Lazarus, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, E. E. Cummings, and Julia Alvarez; consider the inaugural verses of Robert Frost and Amanda Gorman; and highlight the most important takeaways for middle and high school students.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinars will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.


Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin) will lead the webinar. 


The webinar is open to secondary teachers in Texas schools.

CPE Credits

The webinar is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

How to Register

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.


The webinar is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.