The Midwestern State University
Department of History will host “Teaching History in the 21st Century,” a
conference for K-12 educators to acquire new teaching strategies. The conference
will be Feb. 16-17 at the Cannedy Event Hall in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art
at Midwestern State University (WFMA), 2 Eureka Circle.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Ron
Tyler and Dr. Anne F. Hyde. Tyler is the retired director of the Amon Carter
Museum of American Art. He has also served as a professor of history and a
director of the Texas State Historical Association and the Center for Studies
in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he edited the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and The New Handbook of Texas.
Hyde is the author of the
prizewinning book Empires, Nations, and
Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860. The book,
which earned the 2011 Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize,
retells the story of the American West in the decades before the Civil War by
focusing on the native empires, trappers, traders, bankers, and politicians who
built a global fur trade.
The conference will also include
six sessions with presentations by 18 historians. Discussion topics will include
use of new technology in research and delivery of content, shaping curriculum
at all levels, incorporating contemporary issues, applying historical thinking
in the classroom, and more. Other speakers include historians from MSU Texas
and many other area universities.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, with the conference opening at 9 a.m. Attendees may earn
up to nine CEU hours. The conference is funded by a grant from Humanities
Texas. Attendance is free but reservations are required. Contact the museum at
940-397-8900 to register or for more information.