The Teachers Academy’s cornerstone event is the yearly Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers–a two-summer sequence of three-week, multi-cultural, interdisciplinary literature courses held at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. In even-numbered years, the course is “The Epic Tradition: Literature as a Mode of Knowledge” and in odd-numbered years, the course is “Tragedy and Comedy: Literature as a Mode of Knowledge.”

The Epic Tradition and the Comedy and Tragedy Summer Institutes convene each July for fifteen-weekday classes, from 8:45 am – 4:00 pm. The Lyric Tradition Summer Institutes convene each June for five-weekday classes, from 8:45 am – 4:00 pm. Mornings in all Summer Institutes classes are given over to a lecture on the reading material for the day and a two-hour seminar exploring the work in detail, trying out ideas and approaches. Afternoon schedules vary to include guest lectures, films and discussions, panels, and writing. Journal writings and a weekly in-class essay are expected of every participant; for those seeking graduate credit, a longer, carefully written essay submitted one week after the course concludes is required.


  • to offer K-12 school teachers in the Dallas area a transforming encounter with major literary classics underlying world culture
  • to establish a community of teachers who understand the formative role of the humanities in the life of culture
  • to foster a way of reading appropriate to the form of the work
  • to enable participants to study this body of material not so much as an instruction in competency as an experience in understanding
  • to center attention on the works themselves, with secondary materials used as aids, models, and references rather than as final authorities
  • to provide a coherent approach to recurrent themes and images in the literary tradition through a focusing on major genres (epic, tragedy, and comedy)
  • to offer participants the opportunity to work with a dedicated and experienced faculty in lectures, discussions, workshops, and written expression
  • to strengthen the critical and imaginative powers of participants and hence increase their inner authority in the classroom as teachers in all disciplines
  • to strengthen participants’ higher cognitive skills in reading, thinking, writing, and speaking and thereby to increase their own effectiveness in the classroom