Humanities Texas is now accepting applications for our 2017 summer teacher professional development institutes. In June, we will hold institutes in Austin (June 5–8) on the founding period of U.S. history, in Lubbock (June 12–15) on the Cold War, in College Station (June 13–16) on World Wars I and II, in Denton (June 19–22) on Texas history from the Spanish period through the twentieth century, and in San Marcos (June 6–9) and Houston (June 20–23) on the Texas literary tradition.
Program partners include the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library, Texas A&M University, the University of North Texas, and the Texas State University Center for the Study of the Southwest.
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 institute in Austin (June 5–8), titled "Founding a New Nation," will take place at the LBJ Presidential Library and cover central topics in the founding period of U.S. history, including the American Revolution, George Washington's military leadership, the Articles of Confederation, Native Americans and African Americans during the Revolution, the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the presidency under George Washington, the rise of political parties, the role of women during the founding period, Alexander Hamilton and the development of the U.S. economic system, the establishment of the federal judiciary, and American foreign policy from Washington to Monroe.
The institute in Lubbock (June 12–15), titled "The Cold War," will take place at Texas Tech University and will address topics central to the Cold War period, including the origins of the Cold War, the Red Scare and McCarthyism, the Korean War, the Cold War and the Third World, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, détente and the transformation of the Cold War, the cultural Cold War, the Cold War in the Middle East, the rise of the new right, Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War, and teaching the Cold War through film.
The institute in College Station (June 13–16), titled "The Two World Wars," will take place at Texas A&M University and will cover topics central to World Wars I and II, including the causes and effects of the wars, the reasons for U.S. involvement, major military operations, the literature of World War I, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points and the Treaty of Versailles, isolationism and neutrality, the role of women during the wars, the Holocaust and post-war representations of the Holocaust in photography and film, mobilization and the atomic bomb, and the leadership of FDR and Harry Truman during World War II.
"Texas History," the institute in Denton (June 19–22), will take place at the University of North Texas and will cover topics central to the state's Texas history curriculum, including Native Americans in Texas, Texas under Spanish and Mexican rule, the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction, nineteenth-century Texas art, frontier defense, women's suffrage in Texas, Texas during the Depression and World War II, the civil rights movement in Texas, and post-1945 Texas politics.
The English language arts institutes in San Marcos (June 6–9) and Houston (June 20–23), titled "Writing Texas," will take place at Texas State University and the University of Houston and will focus on topics and skills central to the state's eleventh-grade ELA curriculum. Topics to be addressed include the regional literary traditions that have shaped Texas writing; Texas fiction, poetry, memoir, and journalism; and how Texas has been portrayed not only in literature but also visual art, music, television, and film.
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 social studies and language arts 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.
These programs are made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.