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Global Humanitites Institute



Calling for Applications Now!
Global Humanities Institute Fellowships 2015–2016

2015–16 Faculty Fellowship applications are now available! Apply for fellowships to develop Global Humanities Learning Communities or stand-alone humanities courses with a global context. Proposal forms and full application information is available in the Fellowship section of the Web site.

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

Recent Events

GHI Grantees Report Back: Sharing Some Gems
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 11:30 am—1:00 pm

The Global Humanities Institute invites you to hear about the grant work completed in Summer 2014 by four Montgomery College faculty members who were awarded summer research grants. This is a great opportunity to learn from your colleagues’ innovative work in an informative and interactive workshop. Please encourage students to attend.

Presenters included Professor Jean Freeman, History and Women's Studies; Professor Elizabeth Huergo, English; Professor Alejandro Leopardi, English; and Professor Meryl Shapiro, Performing Arts.  Note: This event qualifies for Multicultural/Diversity credit. Takoma Park/Silver Spring, CM211

Humanities Days 2014

October 20—24, 2014 

Montgomery College will again be celebrating Humanities Day. Events with a global and multicultural focus will include films, lectures, workshops, presentations and display at the Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses.

Complete Schedule of Humanities Days Events [PDF]

2014 Capstone Event
Thursday, October 23, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Join us for a reception at an exhibition featuring artworks from Xian University, China and the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. 
Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

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Immigration Film Fest

The Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest will show two films on Montgomery College Campuses:

  • SLEEP DEALER, Directed by Alex Rivera.
    Friday, October 24, 7–9 p.m.
    Cafritz 101, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

  • A BETTER LIFE, Directed by Chris Weitz.
    Friday, October 24, 7–9 p.m.
    TC136, Rockville Campus

For more information on the films and to reserve tickets, visit

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 >> 

New Global Humanities Courses

GLHU101: Introduction to Global Humanities
Study of the many humanities themes from the standpoint of global interconnections. Global Humanities 101 takes an interdisciplinary humanities approach to a number of themes.  Specifically, it encourages students to consider a number of topics related to global issues using historical, literary, linguistic, and philosophical lenses. The course encourages students to recognize their responsibilities to society–locally, nationally, and globally–and to consider their academic and personal goals. Students will also consider current issues of global importance. This is a new offering starting in Fall 2015 on the Germantown Campus. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120.  3 credits Read more about this course in the Curriculum Section.

HIND129: Elementary Hindi I and Elementary Hindi II
Register now for Hindi I! This beginning language course focuses on the study of the Hindi language and Indian culture. Students will begin to develop the ability to communicate in Hindi through the consideration of cultural themes, language functions, and authentic situations as they acquire the structures and lexicon to work with written language, conversation, and composition. Class starts September 13 on the Rockville Campus. Register for HIND129, CRN# 26345.

POLI270: Politics in Action: Introduction to Human Rights
The term “human rights” refers to the ways that people should be treated regardless of the country they live in, or their religious, ethnic or gender identity.Human rights has come to play an increasingly prominent role in global socio-political relations. And yet, there are major differences of opinion regarding the exact meaning of the term, or how it should be implemented. Learn more about human rights in POLI270, CRN# 25024, offered on the Rockville Campus.

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 Humanitites 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 event information contact Ms. Jovina Orme, Administrative Aid • (240) 567-1368 • 



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