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Global Humanitites Institute

Rita Kranidis

Rita Kranidis, Director
Global Humanities Institute

Director's Message 

The Global Humanities Institute was created in 2012 with the support of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH, the world’s largest supporter of the humanities, put forth a new initiative , Bridging Cultures, whose aim is to “engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.” 

Our aim is to create programs that will provide support for the students, faculty, staff and administration of Montgomery College, a place where internationalization has been a high priority for the last 20 years. This grant enables us to put a renewed focus on how we can teach the humanities in ways that reflect the myriad complexities of our new global societies and that enable understanding among cultures.  We will create a new, interdisciplinary course on Global Humanities, provide ample learning educational opportunities for all within and beyond the classroom, and facilitate education abroad for faculty. The expertise our faculty will gain beyond the classroom will expand our students’ learning experiences and better prepare them for the global marketplaces of work and learning in the future.

Over the next six years, the Global Humanities Institute will work to collaborate with other entities at Montgomery College to develop existing programs and initiate new ones. We will focus on creating partnerships with humanities colleagues abroad, specifically in China, India, and El Salvador and to conduct colloquia that will promote knowledge about the state of the humanities abroad: is globalization as important to their societies as it is in ours? How important is study of the humanities at their institutions, and how?  Ultimately, we hope that these partnerships will make possible various scenarios for co-teaching, student and faculty exchanges, and other options for expanding the boundaries of our classrooms.

It is with great excitement that we embark on the work made possible by this grant and move forward in fulfilling our main charge: to create a model program that can be replicated by institutions elsewhere. Toward that end, we are building libraries of resources that we will make available through a comprehensive website and organize professional meetings and conferences for information sharing among colleagues in this exciting field.  To enhance our contribution to others’ work in global humanities by providing support for our faculty, staff and administrators who wish to publish their new discoveries through online and print media.

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The Global Humanities Institute is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Help us Prepare Students for the Global Economy 

When you make a tax-deductible gift to the College’s Global Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will provide 50% matching funds. Simply visit, or contact the Montgomery College Foundation for more information at (240) 567-7900.

Global Humanities Institute •  7600 Takoma Avenue • Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

For general program information contact Dr. Rita Kranidis, Program Director • (240) 567-1617 • 

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