#HumCitizen: Democracy and the Informed Citizen

Presented by:
Humanities Texas
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities Subject: Digital Humanities, Journalism, K-12 Education, Professional Development, Varies Audience: All, Educators

A series of public lectures by high-profile Pulitzer Prize-winning historians in four Texas cities. Each lecture will be open to the public and to teachers attending council-sponsored teacher institutes. Additionally, the council is hosting a one-day media literacy training workshop for teachers, and a month-long exhibition examining photos and videography by Pulitzer winners, which will debut with a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

The council will partner with several of the state’s leading universities and cultural institutions. Cities where programming will take place include: Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Denton.

FEBRUARY 2018

Critical Reading and Engaged Writing Teacher Workshop – Houston, TX – A one-day teacher workshop that focused on strategies for teaching critical reading skills and designing engaging writing assignments, including how to examine texts within pertinent historical and cultural contexts, reading rhetorically, improving students’ digital media literacy, and understanding students’ development as writers. The workshop also introduced the Close Reading Interpretive Tool, a web-based resource that walks students through a systematic process of interpretation. Content was aligned with the secondary ELA TEKS. The workshop featured Brian Bremen, Coleman Hutchinson, and Susan Schorn of the University of Texas at Austin, educational consultant Cathy D’Agostino, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle, and Kirsten Ostherr of Rice University. View the schedule.

Critical Reading and Engaged Writing Teacher Workshop  – San Antonio, TX – See above description

JUNE 2018

America in the 1920s and 30s Summer Teacher Institute – Austin, TX – The Austin summer teacher’s institute will focus on America between World War I and World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy (Stanford University) will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture.

GOP Politics and Economic Policies in the 1920s Public Lecture – Austin, TX – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy will present this lecture as part of the “America in the 1920s and 30s Teacher Institute” and it will be open to the public. The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library will hold two lectures featuring Kennedy. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for History for Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.

American Life Between the Wars Public Lecture – Austin, TX – Humanities Texas is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library to hold a public lecture and discussion featuring David M. Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University and 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner of History for Polio: An American Story.

The American Colonies Summer Teacher Institute – Austin, TX – Humanities Texas is partnering with the University of Houston to offer this summer teacher institute focusing on US History during the colonial period.  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor (University of Virginia) will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture.  This institute is part of a number of summer teacher institutes hosted by Humanities Texas that are designed to increase civic engagement, media literacy and an increased understanding of how Americans have acted as “informed citizens” throughout our nation’s history.

The Gilded Age Summer Teacher Institute Dallas, TX – Partnering with Southern Methodist University, Humanities Texas will host this summer teacher institute focused on US History during the Gilded Age.  Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture. This institute is part of a number of summer teacher institutes hosted by Humanities Texas that are designed to increase civic engagement, media literacy and an increased understanding of how Americans have acted as “informed citizens” throughout our nation’s history.

Scientific, Technological, and Medical Innovation Public Lecture Dallas, TX – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Oshinsky will present this public lecture at the Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. Oshinksy won a Pulitzer for History in 2006 for Polio: An American Story. This lecture is part of the summer teacher institute in Dallas, TX and is open to the public.

OCTOBER 2018

“Democracy and the Informed Citizen” traveling exhibition – Statewide, TX

“Seeing and Believing in the Age of Fake News: Finding Truth in Visual Journalism” – Denton, TX – The University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism will host a panel of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists. This event is sponsored by Hatch Visuals, Humanities Texas, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Canon Inc. Join us for an hour-long panel, with a 30-minute Q&A session to follow.

Please visit the council’s website for dates and times of these events.

 

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