Upcoming Institutes

Texans Who Shaped the Twentieth Century (2023 In-Person Institute)

From June 5–8, 2023, Humanities Texas will partner with the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Bullock Texas State History Muesum to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers focusing on Texans who have significantly shaped twentieth-century U.S. history.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place at the LBJ Presidential Library and the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin from June 5–8, 2023.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will highlight Texans who impacted U.S.—and global—history and culture in the twentieth century. Presentations will cover Texas and national politics in the early twentieth century, World War II, the economy and society of oil, women’s suffrage, the Great Society and Lyndon Baines Johnson, Sam Rayburn and the making of modern Congress, the African American civil rights movement, the Latinx civil rights movement, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, contemporary women leaders, and influential Texas musicians and writers.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. 


Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin) will serve as faculty director for the institute. The faculty includes Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (Texas A&M University–Commerce), W. Marvin Dulaney (Association for the Study of African American Life and History), Stephen Harrigan (Texas author), Mark Atwood Lawrence (LBJ Presidential Library), Jason Mellard (Texas State University), Mark Updegrove (LBJ Foundation), Geoff Warwo (University of North Texas), Nancy Beck Young (University of Houston), Lawrence Wright (Texas author), and Walter Buenger, John Morán González, and Monica Muñoz Martinez of The University of Texas at Austin. The LBJ Presidential Library education staff will present on their resources for educators during the program as well.


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

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credit

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $400 stipend as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging 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.


On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost and can be requested on the application.

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.


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.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.