Upcoming Institutes

The American Civil War: History, Literature, and Culture (Spring 2023 In-Person Workshops)

On February 2 and 3, 2023, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops for social studies and English language arts teachers in San Antonio and Houston on teaching the history, literature, and culture of the American Civil War.

Faculty and Curriculum

Content will align with the TEKS. The workshop will expand participants' understanding of the history of the conflict and its representation in poetry, prose, music, and visual cultures/film.

The workshops will feature close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources and texts, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials.

Workshop faculty includes Kathleen Diffley (University of Iowa), Randall Fuller (University of Kansas), Gerald Horne (University of Houston), Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Caleb McDaniel (Rice University), and Andrew Torget (University of North Texas).

Locations and Schedule

February 2, 2023San AntonioEducation Service Center 20
February 3, 2023HoustonVenue to be announced


The workshops are open to social studies and English language teachers in Texas middle and high schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited. 

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshops are free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools up to $200 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. 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.

Teachers traveling from out of town to attend the workshops will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.


The workshops are 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.