CANCELED: LBJ Presidential Library Educator Institute

Jul 13, 2020


July 13-17, 2020
LBJ Library

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Calling all K-12 educators! Join us for our annual summer educator institute, July 13-17, 2020, at the LBJ Presidential Library.

During this five-day institute, we will explore significant topics related to President Johnson's political career, as well as the lasting impact and legacy of the legislation passed during his presidency. Through lectures and conversations with experts in the field, educators will dive into Great Society programs such as civil rights, immigration, education, and the environment, in addition to examining matters in American foreign policy including escalation of the Vietnam War, Cold War tensions, and the Six Day War.

In addition to the sessions and workshops, highlights of the institute include:

  • Evening reception with after-hours access to the museum
  • Field trip to the LBJ Ranch, also known as the Texas White House
  • Swag bag of materials and resources for your classroom

Confirmed Speakers

Civil Rights
Dr. Sharron Conrad, Southern Methodist University

Sharron Wilkins Conrad joined the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in September 2019. Her project examines how perceptions of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson's civil rights leadership developed, hardened and continue to circulate within the black community. A key aspect of her scholarship focuses on the process by which Kennedy emerged as a civil rights hero for African Americans while Johnson—who fought for and signed into law historic civil rights legislation—has been viewed as being motivated solely by political self-interest.

Sharron received her PhD in Humanities from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2019. She holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Penn State University, and a MA in Public History from Howard University. Previously, she served as Director of Education and Public Programs at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, interpreting the life and legacy of President Kennedy. Her professional career has included appointments at history museums around the country. More

Dr. Terrance Green, The University of Texas at Austin

Terrance L. Green is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Green earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.S. in Biology Education from Kentucky State University, a Historically Black College & University (HBCU). Prior to earning his doctorate, he was a high school science teacher.

Dr. Green's research examines the relationship between educational leadership, schools, and neighborhood-communities, with a focus on racial and educational equity. His work centers on three related research strands: 1) the role of educational leaders in equity-focused school-family-community partnerships, 2) the intersection of school reform and equitable community development, with a focus on the impacts of neighborhood gentrification on schools, and 3) institutional change approaches to racial and educational equity in school districts and schools.

Dr. Green's research has been nationally recognized, and he has received several prestigious awards and grant funding to support his work. In 2018, he was awarded one of thirty National Academy of Education (NAEd) Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships, and in 2017, Dr. Green received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division A (which focuses on Administration, Organization, and Leadership). More.

Dr. Madeline Hsu, The University of Texas at Austin

Madeline Y. Hsu is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin and served as Director of the Center for Asian American Studies eight years (2006-2014). She is president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and vice-president of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. She was born in Columbia, Missouri but grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong between visits with her grandparents at their store in Altheimer, Arkansas.

She received her undergraduate degrees in History from Pomona College and PhD from Yale University. Her first book was Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (Stanford University Press, 2000). Her most recent monograph, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2015), received awards from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and the Association for Asian American Studies. Her third book, Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and the co-edited anthology, A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: U.S. Society in an Age of Restriction, 1924-1965 was published in 2019 by the University of Illinois Press. More.

Voting Rights
Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, The University of Texas at Austin

Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science.

Prior to joining the UT faculty, Joseph was a professor at Tufts University, where he founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy affect people’s lives. In addition to being a frequent commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights, Joseph wrote the award-winning books Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His most recent book, Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power.” More.

Vietnam War
Dr. Mark Lawrence, director of the LBJ Presidential Library

In January 2020, Mark Lawrence began his appointment as director of the LBJ Presidential Library. Previously, from 2000-2019, he was Associate Professor of History, Distinguished Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Director of Graduate Studies at the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Lawrence is considered a prominent scholar on President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War. Currently, he is completing a study of U.S. policymaking toward the Third World in the LBJ era, tentatively entitled In the Shadow of Vietnam: The United States and the Third World in the 1960s.

Dr. Lawrence is author of Assuming the Burden:  Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), which won the Paul Birdsall Prize for European military and strategic history and the George Louis Beer Prize for European international history. In 2008, he published The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (New York: Oxford University Press), which was selected by the History Book Club and the Military History Book Club. He has also 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 TimesWashington Post, Boston Globe, and Austin American Statesman. In 2005, Dr. Lawrence was awarded the President’s Associates' Award for Teaching Excellence at UT-Austin, and in 2019 he won the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship from UT-Austin's College of Liberal Arts. More.

Latinx Activism
Dr. Cinthia Salinas, The University of Texas at Austin 

Dr. Salinas is a member of the Social Studies Education program area and is an affiliate faculty member in the Bilingual/Bicultural and the Cultural Studies in Education program areas. Her focus in the social studies includes critical historical inquiry in elementary bilingual and secondary education late arrival immigrant ESL classroom settings, as well as broader understandings of citizenship. Her work also examines social studies teachers' enactment/countering of curriculum through narratives that include civic identities, agency, and membership of others. More.

The LBJ Legacy
Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation

Mark K. Updegrove is the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation as well an author, historian, journalist, and presidential historian for ABC News. Previously, from 2009-2017, he served as the director of the LBJ Presidential Library.

He is the author of four books: Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency, Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis; Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White; and, The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.


The institute is limited to 40 educators. Applications are open now and through Feb. 15, 2020. To apply, you must fill out the online application and attach a resume and a letter of support from your supervisor. All participants will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2020. Once accepted, there will be a $50 fee to reserve your spot.

Each educator in attendance will receive a $250 stipend. Breakfast and lunch will be served each full day of the institute and if needed, housing on The University of Texas at Austin campus will be provided.


For questions or more information, contact the LBJ Library Education Department at [email protected].

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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