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Global Humanitites Institute


The Global Humanities Institute brings to the College community a series of events to enrich students’ awareness of the role study of the global humanities plays in educational, professional, and professional lives. We also offer expert speakers events and MC faculty presentations and workshops for an increased globalization of the Montgomery College culture.

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

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.

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.

Premiere showing at the Confluence Translation Conference, Montgomery College, September 25-26, 2015
Co-sponsored by the Global Humanities Institute

Recent Events

Celebrating the Third Class of Global Humanities Institute Fellows

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
2:30–5:30 p.m.
Gudelski 222-224, Rockville Campus

Poster presentations with individual discussions on course revision, new assignments, new learning communities, new expertise! We will share ideas, strategies, and resources. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Office of the VP for Academic Affairs.

Bringing Home China

Thursday, April 28 , 2016
11-12:30 PM
ST 332 Takoma Park/ Silver Spring
Reports from Faculty Travelers to China
Sixteen members of the Montgomery College community traveled to China this March as part of the Global Humanities Institute’s “Seminars Abroad” initiative, to participate in a series of discussions with faculty at Xian University of Arts and Sciences. Hear about and their experiences and discoveries at academic colloquia at Xian University. Learn about their research projects as independent scholars and thinkers whose aim is to bring global knowledge back to MC and to their students.

Multicultural training credit, video and posters, resource Handouts, one-on-one conversations with travelers, discussions, Chinese refreshments!

Celebrating Our China Year

Lecture: Victoria Chang, poet
Presented by the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia

Monday, April 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Globe Hall, Germantown Campus

2016 Victoria Chang, Poet
Chang was the recipient of the 2014 Pen Center Literary Award and 2013 California Book Award. She graduated from Harvard University and Stanford Business School and has an MFA in poetry. Books of Poetry: Circles - 2006; Salvinia Molesta - 2008; The Boss - 2015.

Literary critic James Longenbach writes that Chang’s poetry is an “intersection where the personal, the global, the political, and domestic all collide in a shower of sparks. There is brutality, depravity, but there is great beauty as well - the kind that endures and has lasting power.”

STEaM Cleaned 2016

Exploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM Through Clothing

Friday, April 22, 2–4 p.m. 
BE151-152, Germantown Campus 

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STEaM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, arts, and Math. The STEaM Events at Montgomery College are designed to explore the intersection of STEM fields with the humanities through different topics.Join us for this year's event which focuses on clothing.

More information and event registration >>

Arab American Heritage Month–April 2016

Lecture: The Lost Language of Arab American Relations 
Tuesday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. 
Theater Arts Arena, Rockville Campus

The Global Humanities Institute has been a supporter of Arab American Heritage Month for several years. This year, a member of our External Advisory Board, Professor Anouar Majid, will deliver a lecture, "The Lost Language of Arab American Relations" on Tuesday, April 5 at 2:00 pm in the Theater Arts Arena, Rockville Campus. 

Full Calendar of Arab American Heritage Month Events [PDF] 

2015 Humanities Days, October 19 - 24, 2015

Germantown Humanities Days Events 2015 (printable Word .doc)
Rockville Humanities Days Events 2015 (printable Word .doc)
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Humanities Days Events 2015 (printable Word .doc)

3rd Annual
Humanities Days @ Montgomery CollegeComplete List of Events at all Three Campuses

Humanities Days Extra Credit Form (printable .pdf)

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

Printable flyer (MS Word .docx file) 

2015 GHI Humanities Leadership Award Presentation

April 17, 2015

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. The presentation will take place on the Germantown Campus in PK2059, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

More information and Professor Naake's presentation

STEAMed Rice

March 27, 2015

STEaM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, arts, and Math. The STEaM Events at Montgomery College are designed to explore the intersection of STEM fields with the humanities through different topics. STEAMed Rice explored the intersection between STEM and humanities through food. The event featured Expert Speaker Dr. Eliza Jane Reilly as well as presentations and discussions lead by faculty and administrators. More information can be found on the STEaM Events page.   

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 

CurricularDesigns for Global Learning

November 20, 2014
A Faculty Conversation of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Read more about Curricular Designs for Global Learning.


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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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