Educator Summer Webinar Series

Jun 09, 2020

Calling all educators! Are you looking for professional development opportunities and support with your curriculum needs? Join the LBJ Presidential Library for our educator summer webinar series featuring scholars and education specialists.


All webinars are free of charge, with advanced registration required. Registered educators will receive access to the event, a recording of the program, and resources related to the session. This webinar series is open to classroom teachers, preservice teachers, college professors, informal educators, and homeschool educators. 

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Tuesday, June 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 1: Title IX: Its Past, Present, and Future Influence in the Fight for Gender Equality in Education with Dr. Erin Buzuvis

Why is a law widely known for its impact on sports now the primary tool to address sexual violence in schools? What does Title IX have to do with transgender students' access to bathrooms? Why is there still so much gender disparity in athletics after over 45 years? What power do the President and the Secretary of Education have over Title IX enforcement? If you've wondered about these or other fundamental questions about Title IX, this is the session for you!

About Our Speaker
Erin Buzuvis is a professor at Western New England University School of Law. She researches and writes about gender and discrimination in education and athletics, including such topics as Title IX's application to campus disciplinary proceedings for sexual assault, Title IX and college athletics reform, intersecting sexual orientation and race discrimination in collegiate women's athletics, retaliation and related discrimination against female college coaches, and participation policies for transgender and intersex athletes. She has been quoted in stories about Title IX in such media outlets as the New York Times, NPR, Sports Illustrated, Inside Higher Ed, and in many other national and local publications and broadcasts. Professor Buzuvis teaches courses at the law school on administrative law, civil rights, torts, and property.

Thursday, June 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 2: Focus on the Classroom with an Education Specialist

Using primary sources from the National Archives and their DocsTeach platform, a National Archives education specialist will present techniques to engage students both digitally and in-person around the topic of women's history.

Tuesday, June 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 3: Dr. Peniel E. Joseph speaks about his new book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the struggle for citizenship in the Great Society.

About Our Speaker
Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the Barbara Jordan Professor of Political Values and Ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Joseph describes his career focus as "Black Power Studies," encompassing interdisciplinary fields of Africana studies, law and society, women's and ethnic studies, and political science.

He has written several books on African American history, including Stokely: A Life and his latest, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Thursday, June 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 4: Focus on the Classroom with an Education Specialist

LBJ Library education specialists will present the Library's A Civil Rights Investigation: Mississippi Burning activity, in which you will investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers during the Freedom Summer of 1964 using telephone conversations, oral histories, and documents as evidence to solve the case.

Tuesday, June 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 5: LBJ & the Cold War with Dr. Jeremi Suri

This session will examine how President Lyndon Johnson understood the Cold War, and how he formulated U.S. foreign policy during his time in office. The presentation will focus on Europe, East Asia, and Latin America, in particular. We will examine how President Johnson sought both communist containment and economic development in these regions. We will evaluate the successes and failures of his policies. This presentation will not focus on Vietnam, which merits its own full discussion.

About Our Speaker
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the university's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of 10 books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book, "The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office," was widely reviewed across the United States. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes and his writings appear widely in blogs and print media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, The Atlantic, Wired, New Republic, Foreign Policy, and others.

Thursday, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Session 6: LBJ's Decisions for War in Vietnam with Dr. Mark A. Lawrence

More than half a century later, LBJ's decisions to wage a major war in Vietnam remain a subject of controversy. Why did LBJ commit the United States to a war he doubted it could win? This lecture will weigh various answers to this question by examining the political, economic, geopolitical, and psychological pressures that drove U.S. leaders to set aside their profound doubts and escalate the war between 1963 and 1968.

About Our Speaker
Currently, Dr. Mark A. Lawrence serves as the director of the LBJ Presidential Library. Previously, he served as Associate Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught from 2000-2019. During his time at the university, he also was Director of Graduate Studies for the Clements Center for National Security.

Dr. Lawrence is considered a prominent scholar on President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War. He is the author of several books and has published several edited and co-edited books, as well as numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on various aspects of the history of U.S. foreign relations. His reviews and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Austin American Statesman.

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