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.

Lectures

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.

Historian Discusses American Foreign Policy

Historian and former Navy serviceman Dr. George C. Herring discussed more than 200 years of American foreign policy for a packed house at UTEP on Monday night. Looking at the dramatic story of America’s emergence as a superpower, from the American Revolution to the fifty-year struggle with communism and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Herring pointed out enduring themes as well as subtle ironies. Americans have always been engaged in diplomacy and always taken a sense of destiny into the international arena. Herring pointed out both triumphs and blunders as Americans worked to secure their place in the world from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century.

Herring_01The public lecture kicked off a four-day professional development event for social studies teachers that is co-sponsored by Humanities Texas and UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning. Herring is a specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations and has received National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships. His book, From Colony to Superpower, was published in 2008 in Oxford University Press’s prestigious History of the United States Series and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in non-fiction.

Humanities Texas and UTEP to Hold Teacher Institute on American Wars

June 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 www.humanitiestexas.org. For information about The University of Texas at El Paso, visit www.utep.edu.

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