Local teacher picked to participate in UT-sponsored program this summer
A San Marcos teacher has been selected to participate in a summer teacher institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the LBJ Presidential Library.
Judy Behrens, who teaches world and U.S. history at San Marcos Academy, will attend “America at War: From the Colonial Era to 1877” at the LBJ Library in June.
The institute offers teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying the history of American conflicts from the Revolution through the Civil War.
More than 50Texas classroom teachers will participate in the institute. 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 Austin institute keynote lecture will be delivered by Gordon S. Wood, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian from Brown University.
Other Austin faculty include Jesús F. de la Teja of Texas State University-San Marcos, Eric Hinderaker of the University of Utah, Heather Cox Richardson of Boston College, Daniel Walker Howe of the University of California, Los Angeles, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee, Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas and H. W. Brands of The University of Texas at Austin.
Educational specialists from the National Archives and the Amon Carter Museum will also serve on the institute faculty, providing participants with facsimiles of historic documents and works of art that support the teaching of U.S. history.
“Humanities Texas is pleased to include an exceptional teacher from San Marcos in this educational endeavor,” Executive Director Michael L. Gillette said. “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: From the Colonial Era to 1877” 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 Austin program is one of four Humanities Texas teacher institutes taking place in June at major universities across Texas.
Other host universities include The University of Texas at El Paso, 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 Austin, visit www.utexas.edu.