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Nine Reasons Why Humanities Are Important

1.  The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures.

2.  They foster social justice and equality.

3.  And they reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.

4.  The humanities teach empathy.

5.  They teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.

6.  And they teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.

7.  Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading.

8.  The humanities encourage us to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world.

9.  The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.

10. Add your reason here!


Join Our India Year Celebrations

In March 2017,16 faculty, staff and administrators will travel to India for a series of seminars with colleagues at our partner institutions. Join us as we learn as much about India as we can, to forge meaningful connections. This and all GHI Seminars Abroad trips are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See our India Year calendar of events here.

Upcoming Deadlines

Opportunities from the Community College Humanities Association:

Global Humanities Justice Fund Application

The Global Humanities Institute announces the creation of a new fund to support the work of students and faculty actively involved in learning and teaching in the global humanities. Student scholarships and Faculty grants to support experiential learning initiatives are available. 

Applications are due on Monday, November 21, 2016 and Friday, February 3, 2017. 

Download the application (PDF) here.

Register for Spring 2017 Introduction to Global Humanities Now

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Humanities Days at MC 2016

The 4th Annual Humanities Days at Montgomery College will run from October 19–28th.

Our Capstone Event and Reception Honoring the Humanities—Year of India will take place on October 27th at the Theater Arts Arena, Rockville Campus, from 7–9 p.m. This evening offers a dramatic reading of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's "Letter from the Wife" by artist Manjula Kumar, highlighted by Tagore's music sung by the highly gifted Ms. Sudeshna Basu.

Why Globalize the Humanities?

College students today are training not only for participation in the professions as we have known them, but also for a world that is increasingly complex—and cultural boundaries that are constantly shifting.

We need citizens and workers who understand other cultures, speak other languages, and move among cultural spaces with ease. We need global citizens whose ability to envision creative solutions to serious conflict is [will be] transformative.

In short, we need a model of teaching that moves from “knowing” to “deep understanding.” The humanities have taught these core skills for hundreds of years through philosophy, linguistics, literature, art theory, world languages, history, and other disciplines. We can now put them to use for global benefit.

Globalizing our program will leverage the power of the humanities to help our students gain content knowledge of world cultures and issues, and to develop critical thinking skills to become more analytical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

Get Global Now!

The General Education program at Montgomery College is undergoing substantive changes to ensure that all students are supported in being as active and involved as possible in their own learning. Soon students will have the option to choose a thematic track that interests them and that they want to focus on through the majority of your courses. One of these tracks is "global connections." Get started now thinking about these global connections by enrolling in the new Global Humanities course being offered in Spring 2016.

Introduction to Global Humanities, GHUM 101, Now Offered on the Three Campuses:

Germantown Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30—1:45, Prof. Jill Kronstadt
Rockville Campus, Thursday evenings, 6 - 8:45, Prof. Kenneth N. Jassie
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 - 12:25, Prof. Gregory N. Wahl

More information about GHUM 101, including course syllabus

How to "Get Global!" at MC


International Partnerships > Global Classrooms

In the News

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) featured the Global Humanities Institute in the Campus Models and Case Studies section of their website. Read the article at the link below.

Preparing Faculty to Facilitate Global Learning at Montgomery College, December 2014

New Publications

Article Published: "Awakening Global Awareness in the Humanities"
The Global Humanities Institute is proud to announce the publication of an important article by Professors Marcia Bronstein, Sharyn Neuwirth (faculty fellowship leaders) and Service Learning expert Professor Shelley Jones. The article, "Awakening Global Awareness in the Humanities," appears in the DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY series of publications on the Association of American Universities and Colleges webpages. Read More

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

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 (NEH). 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.”

Why Globalize the Humanities?
Watch as the the founders of the Global Humanities Institute discuss the reasons why the humanities should be globalized and why the Global Humanities Institute is valuable to Montgomery College.

Campus Conversations

Humanities in Higher Education
This episode of Campus Conversations asks—What are the humanities and why should we study them? It also explores some of the humanities programs at Montgomery College.

View on the Campus Conversations web site.

Our Partners

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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

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