Upcoming Institutes

The Cold War

From June 22–26, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for Texas teachers covering the Cold War.

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


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will address topics central to the history of the Cold War. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, June 22: Origins of the Cold War
  • Tuesday, June 23: The Cold War and American Society
  • Wednesday, June 24: War and Foreign Engagements of the Cold War
  • Thursday, June 25: Scientific and Economic Transformations During the Cold War
  • Friday, June 26: The End of the Cold War and its Legacy

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 Mary Ann Heiss (Kent State University), Mark A. Lawrence (LBJ Presidential Library), David M. Oshinsky (New York University), and H. W. Brands and Jeremi Suri, both of The University of Texas at Austin.


The institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

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 Apply

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 the Thursday before the institute.


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.