Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Frederick Douglass (Fall 2021 Webinars)

In November 2021, Humanities Texas will hold two 75-minute webinars for social studies and English Language Arts teachers on the life and work of Frederick Douglass.

Schedule and Curriculum

This two-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Tuesday, November 9 and 16. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar. Attending both sessions is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The two webinars will focus on the life and work of the great abolitionist and civil rights leader Frederick Douglass. The first webinar will provide a broad overview of Douglass's career, with some specific suggestions (such as how to incorporate photographs of Douglass into your teaching). The second webinar will focus on the challenges of teaching sections of the Narrative (1845) and "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852). Both webinars will consider Douglass's legacy and highlight the most important takeaways for middle and high school students. 

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

Fall 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • November 9: Introduction to Frederick Douglass, Robert S. Levine (University of Maryland)
  • November 16: Teaching the Narrative and "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?," Robert S. Levine (University of Maryland)


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 both weekly sessions. 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 "Teaching Frederick Douglass" webinars. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to both webinars. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


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.