Upcoming Institutes

The Harlem Renaissance 

On October 9 and 10, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Austin and Dallas focusing on the literature and history of the Harlem Renaissance.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the secondary English and language arts TEKS. Faculty presentations will provide a historical introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and focused consideration of the writings of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, among others. Faculty will also help participants develop ideas for effective writing and research assignments related to the Harlem Renaissance. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials and be trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.

Workshop faculty includes Philip Barrish (The University of Texas at Austin), Adriane Bezusko (Texas Christian University), Sequoia Maner (Southwestern University), Regina Marie Mills (Texas A&M University), Samantha Pinto (The University of Texas at Austin), and Jennifer M. Wilks (The University of Texas at Austin).

Locations and Schedule

October 9, 2019AustinThompson Conference Center
October 10, 2019DallasCommunities Foundation of Texas


The workshop is open to all middle school and high school English and language arts teachers. 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 $80 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 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.