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Global Humanitites Institute

Common Language Reading Group

The Common Language Reading Group is an opportunity to facilitate a common understanding of the global humanities through discussion of a common reading.

Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 Globalization Reading Group again chose Manfred B. Steger’s seminal work, Globalization: A Very Brief Introduction for the second time. This text is particularly appropriate for Montgomery College because of our location near the capitol and be-cause of our diverse student and employee body. Our students, even more so than other community college students, are diverse, coming from over 160 countries, the District of Columbia and surrounding counties.

The Book Group offered Montgomery College employees the opportunity to perspective take and think critically and civically about our place in the world. The diversity of the group allowed for dynamic interactions and discussions along with the sharing of useful resources.

The discussion leader was Cinder Cooper Barnes, Associate Professor of English, TPSS. The group met four times, three times face-to-face and once virtually.

Read a Full Report of the Spring 2015 Common Language Reading Group [PDF]

Fall 2014

During Fall 2014, sixteen faculty, staff, and administrators in the GHI’s Common Language Reading Group discussed Manfred Steger’s Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP), a Cultural Studies explication of the economic, political, cultural, ecological, and ideological dimensions of globalization.

Our goal was to facilitate a common understanding of globalization in its many intricacies and complexities, to give us a starting point from which to embark on future explorations.

The discussion leader was Dr. Gregory Wahl, Associate Professor, Department of English and Reading, recent recipient of Professor of the Year Award and Cultural Studies expert. The group met four times, twice face-to-face and twice virtually.

Read a Full Report of the Fall 2014 Common Language Reading Group [PDF]


Reading Group 2014


To register for future GHI Reading groups, please follow these steps and register on MC Learns:

  1. Login to MyMC
  2. Click on the “Training & Dev” Tab
  3. Click “Visit MC Learns
  4. Click “Teaching and Learning” under Pedagogy/Instruction
  5. Find and Click “GHI - Common Language Globalization Reading Group
  6. Click “Enroll” at the bottom right corner of the page.
  7. Done!

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