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Global Humanitites Institute

The Global Humanities Institute Humanities Leadership Award 

The Global  Humanities Institute (GHI) recognizes the contributions of individuals whose work promotes an appreciation of the humanities and their importance to higher education and/or community engagement. These individuals, whatever their positions or areas of expertise, have made an impact on the appreciation and enhancement of the study of cultures, languages, literatures, religions, and philosophies. They remind us of the importance of humanistic studies to our own culture and to our society.

The GHI Humanities Leadership Award is given in October, at the end of the Humanities Days celebration.

Call for Nominations

This call for nominations is for the Global Humanities Institute at Montgomery College Leadership Award.  the award's purpose is to recognize outstanding achievement in humanities teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.  It celebrates an individual who helps students and communities better understand the important of the humanities in knowing our world today, and recognizes someone whose support for global perspectives in the humanities is exemplary.

Eligibility and Process

The GHI Humanities Leadership Award is open to scholars, teachers, activists, philanropists and others whose work furthers the depth, breadth, and reach of the humanities on a global level.

Nominations will be evaluated by the GHI's internal advisory boards and steering committee.  The awardee will be contacted in the third week of September.

Awardee Recognition

One awardee will be recognized at the M.C. Humanities Days Capstone Event each fall and will be asked to make remarks of ten minutes in duration.

A video featuring an interview with the awardee will be published via YouTube and will be available for open sharing.  Information about the awardee will be posted on the GHI webpages, the M.C. Web site, and in press releases to relevant professional associations and newsletters.

Nomination Instructions for the 2015 - 2016 award will be available shortly.
In the meantime, please start thinking about someone you would like to nominate.

2015 GHI Award Photo - Joan NaakeProfessor Joan Naake Receives the 2015 GHI Humanities Leadership Award

The Global Humanities Institute and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute are pleased to announce this year's Humanities Leadership Award, Professor Joan Naake. Professor Naake has held every service position at the department and discipline levels, and serves the College community as coordinator of the Athenaeum Lecture Series.

A celebration and presentation of the award was held on April 17, 2015.Download the PowerPoint below to see Professor Naakes presentation.

Global Humanities: A Journey , by Professor Joan Naake [PPTX]

              Joan Naake Leadership Award 2015 

            Dr. Sanjay Rai, SVP     Hercules Pinkney


Dr. Lenneal Henderson Receives the 2013 GHI Humanities Leadership Award 

Awardee Dr HendersonOn Thursday, October 17, 2013, Dr. Lenneal Henderson was recognized for his outstanding work in bringing a humanistic methodology to his work in public administration and International relations. Presenting the award were Dr. Rita Kranidis, Director of the Global Humanities Institute, and Dr. Donald Pearl Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Henderson is a model for how disciplines outside the humanities proper can employ a humanistic approach to addressing national and world problems, and thus closely matches the GHI’s mission to promote learning about the global issues as they impact human lives.  “Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Henderson has been exemplary in making the crucial connections between political systems and the people who are affected them,” said Dr. Kranidis. “He asks the difficult questions about impacts on people’s lives, rejecting the models of disembodied and disengaged scholarship; he closes the loop of inquiry by inserting the human element that is often missing.” These attributes are evident in Dr. Henderson’s scholarship and national and international service.

Dr. Lenneal Henderson is currently Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration and Senior Fellow at the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy and a Senior Fellow in the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, where he was formerly a Henry C. Welcome Fellow.  His publications include the highly influential Black Political Life in the United States, and Administrative Advocacy: Black Administrators in Urban Bureaucracies, The New Black Politics: The Search for Political Power (Edited with Michael Preston and Paul Puryear), Public Administration and Public Policy: A Minority Perspective (with Lawrence Howard and Deryl Hunt) and, most recently, Dimensions of Learning: Education for Life (with Bernice D. Johnson, Debra Parker and Magnoria Lunsford). He has been awarded fellowships by:  the Kellogg National Fellowship, Ford Foundation, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship,  the Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship for the Council on the International Exchange of Scholars, the U.S. Department of State, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Henderson’s professional career has included distinguished work both within and beyond academia. He is the incoming chairperson of the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council and serves on the boards of LifeNet Health, Inc. in Virginia Beach, and the Environmental Action Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Baltimore Urban League, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and is a founding board member of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture.  Dr. Henderson has won numerous awards and recognitions. Since 2000, they include his election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (2005), the University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Public Service (2006), the President’s Faculty Award at the University of Baltimore (2006) and the “Unsung Hero Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals nominated by the Maryland Humanities Council (2012).

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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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