Humanities Texas and UTEP to Hold Teacher Institute on American Wars

June 14, 2013
CONTACT: Michael L. Gillette at (512) 440-1991

From June 17–20, 2013, more than fifty Texas teachers will attend a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) examining twentieth-century American wars.

The institute, titled “America at War in the Twentieth Century,” offers teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying American participation in World Wars I and II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Each morning, participants will attend dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoons, they will join faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic letters, maps and photographs.

The El Paso institute faculty includes George C. Herring of the University of Kentucky, Senate Historian Emeritus Richard A. Baker, and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Mark Lawrence of The University of Texas at Austin.

UTEP historians Brad Cartwright, Maceo C. Dailey Jr., David Hackett and Jeffrey P. Shepherd will also serve on the institute faculty.

Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, will give a lunchtime presentation on the Lea’s work as an artist-correspondent for Life Magazine in the Pacific theatre of World War II.

“Humanities Texas is dedicated to improving the quality of classroom teaching throughout the state,” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to enable Texas students to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”

“America at War in the Twentieth Century” is made possible with funding from the State of Texas as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative.

The El Paso program is the eighty-second professional development program for Texas classroom teachers organized by Humanities Texas. It is one of four institutes taking place in June at major universities across Texas. Other host universities include The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

For more information about Humanities Texas, visit For information about The University of Texas at El Paso, visit

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