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This spring, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops across the state for Texas social studies teachers.


Westward Expansion

On January 30 and 31, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Dallas and Fort Worth focusing on the westward expansion of the United States in the nineteenth century. Topics to be addressed include innovations in transportation and communication, Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War, and American Indian resistance. Workshop faculty includes Juliana Barr (Duke University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville), John L. Larson (Purdue University), and Jennifer L. Weber (University of Kansas).

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

On February 5 and 7, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Austin and Houston focusing on landmark Supreme Court cases. The workshops will examine milestone cases in Supreme Court history related to civil liberties, civil rights, defining federal power, and criminal procedure. Content will be aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS, with particular emphasis on the standards for U.S. government and history. Workshop faculty includes Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Eric K. Klein (attorney and former public defender, Colorado), Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), and Cullen Macbeth (federal public defender, Maryland).


Teachers at all workshops will receive books and other instructional materials and be trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources. Content at all of our spring workshops will be aligned with the TEKS. For details on eligibility, substitute and travel reimbursements, and venues or to apply online, visit the Upcoming Institutes page on the Humanities Texas website.

Cliffs of Green River by Thomas Moran, 1874. Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Joseph F. Kobylka, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, gives a presentation on defining federal power at a teacher workshop in Dallas in February 2018.