A Fort Bend ISD teacher, Jesse Rivera, recently participated in a workshop organized by Humanities Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) on American military conflicts of the past 150 years. The workshop was held in conjunction with the MFAH exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath.
Rivera, who teaches world history at Willowridge High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying topics including the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Forty-two teachers from around the state participated.
The distinguished workshop faculty included Robert M. Citino (University of North Texas), David F. Crew (The University of Texas at Austin), Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin) and Jennifer L. Weber (University of Kansas).
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst also spoke at the workshop, describing the experience of his father, a pilot, who led a squadron of bombers on D-Day, attacking Nazi gun emplacements only minutes before the infantry landed on Utah Beach.
The workshop was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and included a tour of the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition given by Anne Wilkes Tucker, the museum’s Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography.
“We were delighted to hold this program at the MFAH,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible opportunities.”
For more information about Humanities Texas’s educational programs, visit www.humanitiestexas.org.