Stanton Sharp history teaching symposium at SMU, February 9

Tired of odd speakers trying to tell you about how boys learn differently from girls because of the size of the Crockus in their brain?

How about serious material to beef up your teaching: Vietnam, the Russian Revolution, Mexicans in U.S. history, Native Americans in the 20th century, use of the internet in history classes — three sessions, each with three classes to choose from.

Poster for session on Russian Revolution, Stanton Sharp Symposium at SMU, 2008

The history department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas offers solid education in serious history issues for teachers in colleges and secondary schools. The Stanton Sharp Teaching Symposium on Saturday, February 9 offers great material in nine different areas. Several of these topics seem to be pulled from the Texas Education Agency’s list of subjects that students need to do better on, for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

Invitation below the fold. The $15 fee includes lunch; you may earn up to 7 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits.

(I plan to be there, and if you’re really interested in the Crockus and its scholars, I happen to have a photo of the elusive Crosley Shelvador on my cell phone — he appeared to have used one of those spray-on tanning solutions, but is otherwise real, as the photos show.)

You and your colleagues are invited to…



8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Dallas Hall

Southern Methodist University , Dallas , TX

The William P. Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University will host the Stanton Sharp Teaching Symposium on Saturday, February 9, 2008, for secondary school teachers and community college professors. The symposium will offer a series of discussions by some of the most distinguished teachers in the History Department (see topics below). They will treat new scholarship and research materials in their areas of expertise and discuss ways of presenting this material to students.

To register or to learn more about the individual sessions and presenters (and access SMU maps and parking information), go to our website:

Teachers may earn 7 hours of CEU continuing education credit if enrolled in each of the three sessions.

Session I 9-10:30 a.m.

The Russian Revolution and its Legacies

Uncovering the Mexicans in American History

Using the World Wide Web to Teach U.S. Cultural History

Session II 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Nations Within: Native Americans in the 20th Century

Approaches to Teaching Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

How to Understand the American Revolution

Session III 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Americans from Africa

Egypt in the Age of Tutankhamen

Facing up to the Vietnam War in the Classroom

We hope you’ll join us and ask that you pass on the information to others who might be interested. For additional information, please contact the History Department at 214-768-2967 or email

Nations within, poster for session on Native Americans, Stanton Sharp Symp, SMU

Clements Department of History
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750176
Dallas , TX 75275-0176
214-768-2967 (fax) 214-768-4129

6 Responses to Stanton Sharp history teaching symposium at SMU, February 9

  1. […] after last Saturday’s sessions for history teachers at SMU (the Stanton Sharp Symposium), I highly recommend these programs for their ability to charge up high school teachers to better […]


  2. Ed Darrell says:


    I read that as “Old Testament.” I puzzled for a moment over Simone de Beauvoir’s connection to the Old Testament.

    I don’t even own a copy of that book any more. Wouldn’t it be fun to have her opinion on Hillary Clinton’s run this year, and the election in France last year?


  3. bernarda says:

    A perhaps OT history note. Today, January 9th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir of “The Second Sex” fame.

    Here is also something that should be taught in history classes.


  4. mpb says:

    There used to be a lot of humanities courses in the summer for high schoolers. Ours was called a humanities forum and included everything (opera teacher was a black belt judo), but that was Fairfax County and in the days when SAT scores really meant something (pre-Nixon)


  5. Ed Darrell says:

    I wonder what would happen if you asked them that question directly? Seriously — the phone number, e-mail and mail address are listed. Give ’em a call tomorrow and ask.

    North Texas’s history department has been very active in supporting history teaching, too. I wonder if there’s something going on up there in Denton — have you checked?

    Summer programs for high school students . . . good idea.


  6. texased says:

    This looks great. I wish they had summer programs for high school students in history as well. I’ve been looking for the type of programs they have for engineering, science, or math interests but for history. I guess they figure high school students (or rather their parents) wouldn’t pay for such a program in history.


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