NCTC announces revival of Teaching History Conference

Jane England | Jun 17, 2019

North Central Texas College, in coordination with the North Texas Community College Consortium, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas, is proud to announce the 2019 Teaching History Conference (TCON).  The Conference will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the University of North Texas, Gateway Center,601 North Texas Blvd, Denton TX, 76203-5017 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

At this one-day event, local school teachers and college faculty will have an opportunity to interact with respected scholars, hear stimulating speakers, learn about local museum collections and exchange information & best practices with colleagues. School teachers will also receive Continuing Education Certificates. 

TCON originated at the University of North Texas (UNT) and was a valuable professional development program for middle school, high school, and community college history teachers  in the greater North Texas area.  In 2018, members of the NCTC Social Science Division proposed a revival of the popular event and NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace, with the approval of the NCTC Board of Regents, awarded an “Innovation Grant” to fund the project. The TCON Planning Committee envisions the conference as a sustainable yearly event.

The overall theme for the 2019 conference,“New Approaches to Old Topics: Anarchists and Assassins,” offers an opportunity to explore social and political turmoil from a broad perspective. Some conference speakers will lead participants to a better understanding of the causes and consequences of some of history’s most significant assassinations, such as the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and Anwar el-Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin. Other presenters will consider more generalized violent upheavals, such as the pre-Revolutionary War vigilante activities of the Sons of Liberty, the Great Hanging in Gainesville, Texas, and the terror of lynching in 19thand 20thcentury America. 

The TCON program includes sessions in Texas, U.S., and World History. There will be six breakout sessions in the morning, a luncheon with a Keynote speaker, and three breakout sessions in the afternoon. Additionally The Kimbell Art Museum, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Old Red Courthouse Museum, The Sixth Floor Museum and others are scheduled to set up display tables and share information about permanent holdings that relate to the theme of the conference. 

TCON creates a unique and inexpensive professional development opportunity for local history teachers. The cost of Early Registration is $45 (includes continental breakfast and luncheon). Parking is $2.50 per vehicle. The cost will increase to $55 On Site/Day Of Registration and $5.00 for On Site/Day Of Parking.

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