The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation has awarded Humanities Texas a $10,000 grant to support the development of a one-day enrichment seminar for Texas classroom teachers. In 2009, Humanities Texas plans to expand its education programs by holding a number of one-day seminars annually during the school year.

Like Humanities Texas's longer summer institutes, these one-day seminars will provide teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars and draw upon the resources of the state's educational and cultural institutions.

"The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation's generous support has made it possible for us to expand our enrichment programs for classroom teachers," said Michael L. Gillette, Executive Director of Humanities Texas.

A recent survey of teachers who have participated in the Humanities Texas institutes for the past five years underscored the importance of these programs, which provide intensive training in topics central to the state humanities curricula.

Dr. George Forgie of the University of Texas at Austin leads a seminar for teachers at the 2008 institute "From Disunion to Empire: The United States, 1850-1900." Photo by Humanities Texas.