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2013-02-14 / School

Local Teacher participated in Humanities Texas Workshop

Earlier this month, a Lexington teacher travelled to Austin to participate in a one-day teacher workshop examining American writing on the Civil War sponsored by Humanities Texas.

Lauren Lehmann, who teaches English at Lexington High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying major texts of American literature and history by writers including Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau.

During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as letters, poems, speeches and essays that enrich classroom instruction.

The workshop faculty included distinguished scholars from leading universities, such as Daina Ramey Berry, Evan Carton and Coleman Hutchison, all of the University of Texas at Austin.

Drury University professor Randall Fuller delivered the keynote presentation. In 2011, Fuller received the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for his book, From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature.

The workshop was held at the Byrne-Reed House, the Humanities Texas headquarters in Austin. Special emphasis was placed on newly added or revised standards in the stateĀ¹s language arts curriculum.

“Humanities Texas is delighted to include an exceptional teacher from Lexington in this educational endeavor,” 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 educational opportunities.”

The workshop was made possible with support from the State of Texas, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

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