Upcoming Institutes

The Making of Modern America
(2020–2021 Online Series)

In the spring of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a weekly series of 75-minute online webinars for eleventh-grade U.S. history teachers, covering TEKS-aligned topics in the second half of the twentieth century.

Schedule and Curriculum

The eight-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Tuesdays from
February 2 through April 6, 2021. Participants will apply to receive information for each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The webinar series will address critical topics in the eleventh-grade social studies curriculum from the origins of the Cold War through the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

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

Spring 2021 Webinar Schedule

  • February 2: Origins of the Cold War, Mark Atwood Lawrence (LBJ Presidential Library)
  • February 9: The Eisenhower Presidency, William Hitchcock (University of Virginia)
  • February 16: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin J. Sherwin (George Mason University)
  • February 23: Latinx Civil Rights Movement following World War II, Monica Perales (University of Houston)
  • March 2: Civil Rights, LBJ, and the Great Society, William P. Jones (University of Minnesota)
  • March 23: The Vietnam War, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen (Columbia University)
  • March 30: Nixon and Watergate, David Greenberg (Rutgers University)
  • April 6: Ford, Carter, and Reagan, Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin)

Fall 2020 Webinar Schedule

  • October 6: America and World War I, Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • October 13: The 1918–1919 Influenza Epidemic and Health in Modern America, David Oshinsky (New York University)
  • October 20: Women's Suffrage and the Changing Role of Women, Lisa Tetrault (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • October 27: The Great Depression, Lizabeth Cohen (Harvard University)
  • November 10: FDR and the New Deal, Meg Jacobs (Princeton University)
  • November 17: World War II: Strategy and Turning Points, Robert M. Citino (National World War II Museum)
  • December 1: The Early Civil Rights Movement, Peniel E. Joseph (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • December 8: Teaching the Cold War with Resources from the National Archives, Charles Flanagan (National Archives)


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

CPE Credits

The online program is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials for each session in the series. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend every weekly session. CPE hours will be based on Zoom attendance and adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program. In order to attend the webinars and receive CPE credit, you must be a registered participant.

How to Apply

Complete the online application for "The Making of Modern America" online series. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to each weekly session of this series. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.

If you already registered for and participated in the series in the fall of 2020, you do not need to reapply. You'll automatically receive emails for the spring sessions.


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.