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Global Humanitites Institute

Distinguished Speakers Series

Montgomery College faculty, students, staff and administrators will benefit from a series of events featuring renowned experts in international education, the humanities, and global studies. These events will take place each semester and will be announced as they are scheduled. Check this website for details on the most current event announcements.

The Global Humanities Institute invites the participation of area scholars and students, as well as community members, in its programs and event offerings. For more information, contact Dr. Rita Kranidis, Director, at 240-567-1617.

All programs and offerings by the Global Humanities Institute are free and open to the public.

Past Speakers

Dr_ Eliza ReillyExploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM Through Food
Dr. Eliza Jane Reilly

Director of Programs for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
Friday, March 27, 2015
Bioscience Education Center, Germantown Campus
Presented as part of the STEaMed Rice Event 

Eliza Jane Reilly serves as Director of Programs for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (SENCER), where she facilitates coordination among the National Center's initiatives, scholarship, and programs and symposia. Reilly has two decades of experience in the design and implementation of programs and materials to advance curriculum, academic leadership and faculty development. She has served as the Executive Director of the American Conference of Academic Deans and as a Director of Programs at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, where she was one of the original staff members for the SENCER initiative. In the last decade she has focused on campus-based faculty development and curricular integration through directorships of the Center for Liberal Arts and Society and the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, where she also had a faculty appointment in American Studies.

Reilly holds an M.A. in the History of Art and a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University. She has been an ongoing participant in SENCER and the National Center's other programs since 2001 and currently serves as the General Editor of the SENCER Models, the co-Editor of the journal, a consultant to Engaging Mathematics, and an advisory board member of SENCER-ISE.

Dr_ Christine ChinCosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City
Dr. Christine B. N. Chin

Associate Professor, School of International Service
Director of International Communication Program, American University
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 2–4 p.m.
Gudelsky 222—224, Rockville Campus

Dr. Christine Chin led a fascinating discussion of an unfortunate global phenomenon: human trafficking, particularly of women and girls. Dr. Chin, one of the many external advisors for the Global Humanities Institute, brings to Montgomery College her very latest findings, published in her new book, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (Oxford University Press, 2013). This book highlights the ways human lives are at times compromised in the global economy. 

Dr. Chin’s research and teaching interests are in the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. She is the author of In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian 'Modernity' Project, and has published in international academic journals such as International Feminist Journal of Politics, Third World Quarterly, and International Studies Perspective. Her book, Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea, examines the relationship between flag states, cruise lines, port communities, middle class consumers and foreign migrant workers in the global expansion of cruise tourism.

In addition to being a world class scholar, Dr. Chin is also a strong and committed teacher. She is the recipient of various teaching awards, the most recent of which is American University’s 2010 Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment Award.

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Carol Schneider

Giving Students a Compass: New Directions for the Global Humanities
Dr. Carol Schneider
President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2 p.m.
Globe Hall, Germantown Campus

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Dr. Carol Schneider presented a rich, informative, and timely lecture on the value of the humanities and liberal arts in the world today from one of the country’s major educational leaders.  Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  With nearly 1,300 member institutions, half public and half private, with members drawn from the entire higher education community, large, small, two-year, four-year, selective and open admissions, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education.

Under her leadership, AAC&U launched  Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a public advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century. The LEAP campaign builds on AAC&U’s major effort,  Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College, a multi-year initiative designed to articulate the aims of a twenty-first century liberal education and to identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students. AAC&U is working with hundreds of colleges and universities and numerous state systems to expand the benefits of liberal education across the entire curriculum, through new integration between the core outlines of liberal education and student learning in their major fields.

While a vice president at AAC&U in the 1990’s, Dr. Schneider headed a major initiative at AAC&U on higher education and U.S. pluralism,  American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning.  Dr. Schneider has published extensively on all the major areas of her educational work and has taught at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago State University and Boston University.

Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in history (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).  She studied at the University of London's Institute for Historical Research and earned the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. She also has received eleven honorary degrees, was the 2011 recipient of the ACPA's Contribution to Higher Education Award and the 2013 recipient of the NAC&U Ernest L. Boyer Award, and was honored in 2013 as one of Diverse Magazine’s “25 Leading Women in Higher Education.”

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Dr. Peter Stearns

Why the Humanitites Need Global Studies
Dr. Peter Stearns
Provost and Historian, George Mason University
Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 3 p.m.
Science Center 125, Rockville Campus

On Wednesday, January 23, Dr Peter Stearns, Provost and History Professor at George Mason University, delivered a talk sponsored by the Global Humanities Institute, Montgomery College’s new, NEH-funded initiative.  The title of the talk, “Why the Humanities Need Global Studies, Why Global Studies Need the Humanities,” reflects the GHI’s mission, to facilitate integration of global approaches to teaching and learning in the humanities.  More than 50 faculty, staff and administrators attended the event, and over an hour was devoted to questions, answers, and discussion of issues. 

Dr Stearns, a renowned scholar and author of more than 100 books, has administrative experience with global studies programs at George Mason, so his presentation offered in sights both on the scholarly merits of global studies as well as the realities of implementation.  He pointed out that true global studies, that focuses on how cultures and nations overlap, often creates political discomfort and may be viewed as politically partisan. We are most accustomed, he said, to placing the US in the center of the globe and in examining the ways of other cultures—global studies and particularly the humanities, allow us to develop a more holistic and inclusive, more objective perspective of ourselves and others. Among other key points, Dr Stearns emphasized that when we advocate for the global humanities, we also advocate for a valuing of the humanities in general. In the pragmatic world of business and global trade, it is not always clear that the humanities are part and parcel of every effort to connect and communicate with citizens of other nations. As he put it, the humanities [including knowledge of world languages] “grease the wheels” of economic growth across national borders.

Questions from attendees focused on insufficient student preparation in areas such as geography, basic history, world languages and the humanities have long served as the foundation of cross-cultural and cross-national understanding. College students study Ancient Greek literature to appreciate the values and concerns of a different age. The humanities allow us to speak to one another, whatever our languages and our traditions, and to listen most openly and carefully. They become the practice of deep exchange and understanding.

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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.

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