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Summer Teacher Workshops

Soldier sweeping another soldier with a broom. Click to enlarge.

Dusting for radiation on April 9, 1955.
Journal American collection.

The Harry Ransom Center and Education Service Center Region XIII announce a free teacher workshop examining the United States in the 1950s, in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition On the Road with the Beats.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28 and 29, 2008, at the Ransom Center, located at 21st and Guadalupe streets on the University of Texas at Austin.

The workshops will focus on major themes explored in the exhibition.

On Monday the 28th, the morning workshop will focus on McCarthyism and the Red Scare. In the afternoon the focus will be on the "Culture of Conformity" in post-World War II U.S., including the move to suburbia and the trend towards stability.

On Tuesday the 29th, from 9 a.m. to noon, the topics will be the Cold War and the atomic bomb. From 1 to 4 p.m., the workshop will explore the "Culture of Rebellion," or the coming of rock 'n' roll and the beginning of a youth movement focused on self-expression.

The workshops will include the following:

  • An in-depth tour of the exhibition
  • Presentations by University of Texas at Austin historians to provide content background and context
  • A walkthrough of TEKS-based lesson plans written by Region XIII professionals
  • A CD containing viewable and downloadable primary source materials, including facsimiles of manuscripts, texts, photographs, images, and other materials from the Ransom Center collections that can be used in the classroom
  • A topical glossary and bibliography
  • TEKS-based lesson plans
  • 6 hours of professional development credit through Region XIII

You may register for the sessions through the Region XIII Ecampus system. All sessions are free and open to all teachers, but space is limited.

More information about the Ransom Center, including location, directions, and exhibitions, is available at www.hrc.utexas.edu.

The Relevant Constitution Teaching American History grant project funds the workshop.


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