Upcoming Institutes

Shaping the American Republic
(2020–2021 Online Series)

In the spring of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a weekly series of 75-minute online webinars for eighth-grade U.S. history teachers, covering topics in early U.S. history from industrialization through Reconstruction.

Schedule and Curriculum

The series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Wednesdays from
February 3 through April 7, 2021. Participants will 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 eighth-grade social studies curriculum from industrialization through Reconstruction.

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 3: The Roots of American Industrialization, Denver Brunsman (George Washington University)
  • February 10: The Age of Jackson, Brian Luskey (West Virginia University)
  • February 17: Manifest Destiny and the U.S.-Mexico War, Andrew R. Graybill (Southern Methodist University)
  • February 24: Abolition and Women's Rights before the Civil War, Michelle Kuhl (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)
  • March 3: Production and Power in Slave Societies, Christopher Bonner (University of Maryland)
  • March 24: Causes of the Civil War, Andrew Torget (University of North Texas)
  • March 31: Turning Points of the Civil War, Sarah Purcell (Grinnell College)
  • April 7: Reconstruction: The Overthrown and Unfinished Revolution, Kidada Williams (Wayne State University)

Fall 2020 Webinar Schedule:

  • October 7: Articles of Confederation, Denver Brunsman (George Washington University)
  • October 14: The Constitutional Convention, Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University)
  • October 21: The Bill of Rights, Charles Flanagan (National Archives)
  • October 28: Defining Early American Citizenship, Christopher Bonner (University of Maryland)
  • November 11: George Washington's Presidency, Lindsay M. Chervinsky (Institute for Thomas Paine Studies)
  • November 18: Native Americans in the Early American Republic, Juliana Barr (Duke University)
  • December 2: The Marshall Court, Joseph F. Koyblka (Southern Methodist University)
  • December 9: Foreign Relations in the Early American Republic, Caitlin Fitz (Northwestern University)


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 "Shaping the American Republic" 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.