Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series
ATHENAEUM SYMPOSIA NAMED IN HONOR OF FRANK ISLAM - Frank Islam is the Chairman and CEO of the FI Investment Group LLL (FIIG), an investment firm he founded in 2007 after he sold his information technology company QSS Group for $300 million. A noted philanthropist, entrepreneur, and author, Islam has generously provided a grant to Montgomery College to support the 2013-2014 Athenaeum Symposia. For more information please Click Here.
Chautauqua (shuh taw kwa) was named for the
Chautauqua Lake area of New York State. Since 1976 Chautauqua is a humanities
program in which scholars assume the costume and character of historical
figures. As a humanities program, the first-person historical characterization
meets three criteria. First, the scholar presents a monologue based on the
biography, the ideas, and the writings of his/her character, with emphasis on
history and intellectual exploration. The Chautauquan takes audience questions
in character. The scholar answers the questions using the ideas and, if
possible, the actual language of the historical character. At the end of the
program the scholar comes out of character to provide historical context and to
take more questions from the audience.
Scholars is a selective honors program offered in the evenings and on
the weekends at the Germantown campus and at the Takoma Park/Silver
Spring campus. The mission of the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program is
to create a learning community for high-achieving and highly motivated
part-time and full-time students. This learning community provides
both students and faculty the opportunity to learn from one another in a
unique interdisciplinary format. Because the program is offered in the
evenings and on weekends, it provides special educational opportunities
for a population of students that is all too often underserved.
The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is a scholarship and educational program. The goal is to support, develop, and graduate ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to their local communities. Open to all transferable majors starting at Montgomery College and finishing at the University of Maryland, College Park.