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Global Humanitites Institute

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 Fall 2015.

GHUM 101, Introduction to Global Humanities (CRN 25011)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30—1:45
Professor Joan Naake, Recipient, Maryland Professor of the Year Award

More information on how to "Get Global!" at MC

More information about GHUM 101: Course Syllabus


Montgomery College announces an exciting new option for sabbatical leave, a residency at our partner institution, Xian University of Arts and Sciences in China.

This opportunity provides valuable cultural experience and academic collaboration to support faculty development, thus enriching the learning experience of our students.

  • Length of stay: one semester; portion of one semester

  • Institutional agreement: visiting faculty will not have an assigned course; rather, they will deliver occasional presentations and consult on curriculum and other committees. They may be asked to make occasional visits to classrooms, to co-teach a particular lesson, or to serve as visiting lecturer.

  • Who qualifies: Xian University's greatest need is in the arts and humanities. They are especially interested in hosting faculty whose expertise is in teaching English and American literature and culture. Other options may open up later.

  • Costs: Accommodations will be provided on the University campus; there will be no housing expense. Faculty are responsible for air travel and other living expenses while in China. All rules and guidelines pertaining to MC sabbatical leave apply.

  • Application procedures: In addition to the standard MC internal application for sabbatical leave, Xian University requires a current cv, to ensure proper placement.

    Deadlines are
    November 20 for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
    June 17, 2016 for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017

Contact Rita Kranidis, Program Director and Professor of English
Printable flyer (.pdf)

Upcoming Events

September 3 - 13, 2015

Satyahit Ray Film Festival
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD  20850

Printable schedule (.pdf)  PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required.
Box Office: (240) 567-5301, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Confluence: Translation in the Capital Area
A Celebration of International Translation Day

September 25-26, 2015
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Raskin
6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25
Cultural Arts Center - Theatre One
7995 Georgia Avenue

Co-sponsored by the Global Humanities Institute.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Please register online at:

Printable flyer (MS Word .docx file)

October 19–23, 2015

Third Annual Humanities Days are coming. Save the date!! Events will take place on all three campuses.

All students, classes, faculty, staff and administrators and are invited to attend.

Extra Credit assignment forms and certificates of attendance are available. All events carry professional development Cultural Diversity credit.

Refreshments, door gifts, and resources!

Sponsored by the Global Humanities Institute and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute.

Humanities Days dates: October 19-23, 2015 (printable .pdf flyer)

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


The Global Humanities Institute is a partnership with
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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 • 

For Web page questions, contact Nancy Nyland, Interim Webmaster, Fall Semester 2015 • (240) 547-7854 •


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