Humanities Texas is now accepting applications for our 2014 summer institutes. In June, we will hold teacher professional development institutes in Austin (June 9–12) and Houston (June 10–13) on America in the 1960s; in San Antonio (June 16–19) and Denton (June 17–20) on America in the 1860s; and in Austin (June 10–13) on the American literary tradition.
Program partners include The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at San Antonio.
As in past years, institutes will emphasize close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
The institutes in San Antonio (June 16–19) and Denton (June 17–20), titled "America in the 1860s," will follow the eighth-grade U.S. history curriculum. Topics to be covered include the causes, events, and legacy of the Civil War; Abraham Lincoln’s administration; suffragists and abolitionists; women in the South; the transcontinental railroad; Andrew Johnson’s administration; Reconstruction; art in the Civil War era; and American writing on the Civil War.
The institutes in Austin (June 9–12) and Houston (June 10–13), titled "America in the 1960s," will align with the state’s eleventh-grade U.S. history curriculum. Topics to be addressed include the Kennedy Administration, the Cold War, the Space Race, influential women of the period, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Johnson administration, Republican politics, the protest movements of the 1960s, and the influence of the decade's music and writing.
Our English language arts institute in Austin (June 10–13), titled "Teaching the American Literary Tradition," will follow the eleventh-grade ELA curriculum. Topics to be covered include the literature of slavery and abolition; the literature of the Civil War era; the Harlem Renaissance; American writing during the World Wars; the rhetoric of civil rights; American drama; Texas and Latino literature in the twentieth century; and using American art in teaching language arts.
The institutes are open to all middle and high school social studies, language arts, and humanities teachers but will focus on topics and skills central to the state's secondary U.S. history and ELA curricula. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.
More information about each program is available in the education section of the Humanities Texas website. Teachers interested in attending should submit an application as soon as possible, as admissions are rolling and space is limited.
Please note that due to space limitations, you must be a registered participant to attend any of the institutes.
Continue below to learn about this year's keynote speakers, or view more information about the faculty for the history institutes in Austin, Denton, Houston, and San Antonio and the language arts institute in Austin.
These programs are made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support has been provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc.