Upcoming Institutes

American Society During the Early Republic (2021 Online Institute)

From July 5–9, 2021, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for Texas teachers exploring diverse perspectives on American life during the years immediately following the American Revolution.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT. Each day, the presenter will lead a two-hour session that includes a lecture, Q&A, and a session focused on teaching with primary documents. Teachers who register for the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will address various perspectives on life in America during the early years of the Republic. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 5: We the People: The Constitution and the Problem of Democracy in the Early Republic
  • Tuesday, July 6: Westward Expansion, the Early Republic, and the Political Economy of Plunder
  • Wednesday, July 7: Slavery and the Limits of Democracy in the Early Republic
  • Thursday, July 8: Female Politicians and Republican Mothers: Women in the Early Republic
  • Friday, July 9: This is What “Democracy” Looked Like: The Creation of Universal White Manhood Suffrage in the Early Republic

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


The program faculty includes Leslie Alexander (Arizona State University), Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Lauren Duval (The University of Oklahoma), Brian Luskey (West Virginia University), and Michael Witgen (University of Michigan).


The online institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history teachers in Texas schools.

CPE Credits

The institute 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 application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 1.


The institute 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.