Montgomery College Awarded $100,000 NEH Grant

Award Supports “Global Humanities: Many Voices, One College” Initiative

Montgomery College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the project, “Global Humanities: Many Voices, One College.” The grant is part of the NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges program. “Montgomery College is honored to have been chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities for this award,” said DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D., president of Montgomery College. “This grant will allow Montgomery College to incorporate the global humanities more thoroughly into its classrooms and programming. We are deeply grateful to the NEH for providing this essential funding to strengthen and expand our humanities offerings.” Inspired by a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History titled, Many Voices, One Nation, the grant will infuse intercultural competencies in Communication Studies and non-Humanities (professional) fields through Global Humanities approaches. It will support a new partnership between the College and the Montgomery County Historical Society.

The project will enable non-Humanities faculty (business, law, engineering and nursing, among others) and faculty from the Communication Studies discipline to join together in a professional development opportunity with the ultimate goal of increasing students’ critical thinking and intercultural competencies. The Many Voices, One College Faculty Fellows Professional Development Cohort with two associated workgroups will begin in spring 2018 with the first cohort of eleven interdisciplinary participants. It will be repeated for two additional semesters, running a total of three times with a combined 33 participants.

External speakers, including distinguished scholars in history, literature, philosophy, religion, and Africana Studies, will contribute expertise and fresh insights from a variety of humanities disciplines. The project will be led by two Co-Project Directors (PD). English Professor Rita S. Kranidis, Ph.D., director of the GHI, will serve as the Co-PD and instructor for the Cohort and the Global Humanities Approaches for Non-Humanities Courses Workgroup. Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Andrée E.C. Betancourt, Ph.D., will serve as the Co-PD and instructor for the Global Humanities Approaches for Introduction to Human Communication Workgroup.

“Global Humanities: Many Voices, One College” will expand on the already highly successful work of the College’s Global Humanities Institute (GHI), created by an NEH “Bridging Cultures” Challenge Grant in 2012, by helping faculty introduce global learning objectives into their courses, and by adding humanistic content to Introduction to Human Communication, a highly enrolled General Education course.

For additional information about this grant, please contact Dr. Amy A. Gumaer, manager of grants and sponsored programs at Montgomery College, at 240-567-4201 or email her at amy.gumaer@montgomerycollege.edu.

For additional information about how to contribute to the Global Humanities Institute please contact Carol D. Rognrud, Executive Director of the Montgomery College Foundation and Director of Development at Montgomery College, at 240-567-7493 or email her at carol.rognrud@montgomerycollege.edu.

NEH Policy Statement Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the NEH

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

About Montgomery College Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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