Special To The HCCourier
A Lovelady ISD teacher was selected to attend "Teaching the American Literary Tradition," a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the Harry Ransom Center.
Lisa Sullivan, who teaches English Language Arts at Lovelady Junior High/High School, was one of 50 Texas public school teachers invited to the Austin institute, which took place from June 6-9.
The program consisted of three days of dynamic presentations and small-group seminars covering central topics in American literary history, including the literature of the Civil War era and the Gilded Age, the Harlem Renaissance, the rhetoric of the civil rights movement and Southwest and Latino literature in the twentieth century.
Randall Fuller, Chapman Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, discussed the American literary tradition in his keynote lecture.
Other faculty included Cody Marrs of the University of Georgia; Debra Moddelmog of Ohio State University; Roger Reeves of the University of Illinois at Chicago; John Phillip Santos of The University of Texas at San Antonio; Julie Buckner Armstrong of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; Eric Lupfer of Humanities Texas and Phillip J. Barrish, Evan B. Carton, Oscar Cásares, Coleman Hutchison, David Kornhaber, Julie A. Minich and Jennifer M. Wilks of The University of Texas at Austin.
"It's important to attend trainings that offer grade-appropriate topics and professional development that elicits higher level thinking. Humanities Texas offers both of these. It's also beneficial to discuss literature with peers from other schools," said Sullivan.
"Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor 'Teaching the American Literary Tradition,'" said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives on our nation's history."
"Teaching the American Literary Tradition" was made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.
For more information about Humanities Texas, visit www.humanitiestexas.org. For information about The University of Texas at Austin, visit www.utexas.edu. For more information about the Harry Ransom Center, visit www.hrc.utexas.edu.