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This spring, Humanities Texas will hold free professional development webinars for secondary-level social studies teachers focused on helping students better understand African American history.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, these webinars will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies. All webinars will align with the TEKS for U.S. history, and participants will receive CPE credit.


Race and Manifest Destiny

Monday, Feburary 1, 2021
5:00–6:15 p.m. CT

This webinar will explore how Americans understood race in the mid-nineteenth century and how that understanding shaped popular attitudes toward the nation's expansion to the Pacific.

Faculty for this session includes Daina Ramey Berry, professor and chair of the UT Austin Department of History and member of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, and Keffrelyn D. Brown and Anthony L. Brown, professors in the UT Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Register»


Race and the Aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement

Monday, February 22, 2021
5:00–6:15 p.m. CT

How did American attitudes toward race and citizenship change following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968? In what ways was race a significant factor in the major societal issues of the 1970s and 1980s?

Faculty for this session includes Daina Ramey Berry, professor and chair of the UT Austin Department of History and member of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, and Keffrelyn D. Brown and Anthony L. Brown, professors in the UT Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Register»


Contemporary Social Movements in Context (11th Grade)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
5:00–6:15 p.m. CT

This webinar will examine contemporary events within the context of social movements in the U.S. since 1877. How can earlier movements—such as those for women's suffrage and African American and Latino American civil rights—help students understand the dynamics of our current moment?

Faculty for this session includes Daina Ramey Berry, professor and chair of the UT Austin Department of History and member of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, and Keffrelyn D. Brown and Anthony L. Brown, professors in the UT Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Register»


Contemporary Social Movements in Context (8th Grade)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
5:00–6:15 p.m. CT

This webinar will examine contemporary events within the context of social movements from the Founding Period to Reconstruction. How can earlier movements—such as the Great Awakening and abolition movement—help students understand the dynamics of our current moment?

Faculty for this session includes Daina Ramey Berry, professor and chair of the UT Austin Department of History and member of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, and Keffrelyn D. Brown and Anthony L. Brown, professors in the UT Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Register»


More information about each program is available on our website. Teachers interested in attending should complete the online application form as soon as possible.

A New Map of Texas, Oregon, and California, with the Regions Adjoining by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1846. The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections.
People gather around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900-2003. National Archives and Records Administration.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and others look on, July 2, 1964. LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton.
A sketch of Frederick Douglass in his twenties from the 1845 edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.