The UT Bridge to AP U.S. History has completed its fourth year, sending UT history professors to the AP U.S. History classes at Austin East and Fulton High Schools. In addition to presenting lectures and class discussions on their areas of expertise, UT professors also share syllabi so that the high school students can see the requirements and rigors of university courses. Fulton teacher John Troupe and Austin East teacher Tara Laroy have given high praise to the program, particularly as it prepares their students for college.
On April 3rd, the UT History Department hosted students and faculty from Austin East and Fulton. Department Chair Ernie Freeberg presented a lecture and led a lively discussion on John Brown, and UT Admissions Officer Julian Wright gave an overview of the admissions process. Students ended the day with a campus tour, led by Julian Wright, and a visit to the Civil War Exhibit at McClung Museum, led by historian Joan Markel.
UT history faculty who participated in this year’s UT Bridge to AP U.S. History were: Kristen Block, Dan Feller, Ernie Freeberg, Bob Hutton, Chris Magra, Julie Reed, Pat Rutenberg, and Lynn Sacco.