Upcoming Institutes

Teaching U.S. History with Primary Documents, 1963–2000 (Spring 2022 Online Series)

In the spring of 2022, Humanities Texas will hold a series of 75-minute webinars for history teachers on teaching primary documents that are crucial to understanding U.S. history in the final decades of the twentieth century.

Schedule and Curriculum

The series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Wednesdays from January 26 through March 2, 2022, omitting the week of February 9. Teachers who register 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. Each webinar in the series will cover a document that is crucial to understanding U.S. history in the final decades of the twentieth century: the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Pentagon Papers, the House Articles of Impeachment for Nixon, a document relating to the 1977 National Women’s Conference, and Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech. Each webinar will focus on one of these documents, addressing both its context (how it came to be and its impact/significance) and its actual contents (the most important things for teachers to know and share with their students).

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 2022 Webinar Schedule:

  • January 26: The Voting Rights Act of 1965, J. Todd Moye (University of North Texas)
  • February 2: The 1977 National Women’s Conference, Nancy Beck Young (University of Houston)
  • February 16: House Articles of Impeachment for President Nixon, David Greenberg (Rutgers University) 
  • February 23: The Pentagon Papers, Mark A. Lawrence (LBJ Presidential Library)
  • March 2: President Reagan’s 1983 “Evil Empire” Speech, Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin)


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies teachers in Texas schools. 

Cost, Attendance, and 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 “Teaching Contemporary U.S. History with Primary Documents, 1963–2000” 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.


The online series 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.