History Teachers Study with Experts

Fifty high school history and social studies teachers from the El Paso area and from around the state of Texas gathered at UTEP for three days of intensive training with leading scholars of American war and foreign policy. The teachers were selected from more than 500 applicants to attend this one of four sessions of the institute, titled “America at War in the Twentieth Century.”

Each morning, teachers attend dynamic lectures and presentations on topics ranging from the Spanish American War, to the turning points of World War II, to the Cuban Missile Crisis by UTEP historians Brad Cartwright, Maceo C. Dailey Jr., David Hackett and Jeffrey P. Shepherd. The institute faculty also 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.


In the afternoons, participants join the faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic letters, maps and photographs. In this setting, teachers can ask questions, make connections, and discuss ways to engage their students in the study of history. During lunch on Tuesday, Keith Erekson shared plans for UTEP’s upcoming Centennial Celebration and outlined the “Top 6 Reasons Why Students Should Come to UTEP.” On Wednesday, 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.

Workshops_02About two-thirds of the participating teachers are from the El Paso region and approximately half are UTEP alumni. “The faculty members have told me how impressed they have been by the engagement and the focused questions asked by the teacher participants,” said Dr. Eric Lupfer, Director of Grants and Education at Humanities Texas.

The summer institute is sponsored by Humanities Texas and UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning. “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.

For more information about Humanities Texas, visit www.humanitiestexas.org. For information about The University of Texas at El Paso, visit www.utep.edu.

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