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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.

Bringing Home El Salvador

Seventeen MC faculty, staff and administrators traveled to El Salvador during spring break as the final trip in the Seminars Abroad program. Through Seminars Abroad, a key component of the GHI's National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded work, members of our community exchange ideas with our colleagues abroad and the GHI builds partnerships supporting future collaborations. To learn more about this trip, you may attend one of the "Bringing Home El Salvador" campus presentations, free and open to the public: 

Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 to 11 a.m. CM211 

Wednesday, April 25 from 11 to 12:25 p.m. SC459 

Thursday, April 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. PK2059 

For more information, download the flyer.

Recent Events

STEAM Engine: Exploring the Intersection between Global Humanities and STEM through Energy 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Bioscience Education Center (BE 151), Germantown Campus

The annual STEAM event enables a much-needed collaboration between STEM fields and the Humanities. This interdisciplinary event addresses the need for this collaboration for the benefit of a substantive and deep student learning by focusing on a complex issue of global importance. The two-hour event will open with a welcome from Margaret Latimer, Provost and Vice President of the campus, and Sanjay Rai, Vice President for Academic Affairs, both of whom appreciate the need for this collaboration for the benefit of student learning and a more purposeful program of study as outlined in the College's newly revised General Education program.  Round table discussion are led by faculty from STEM and Humanities and Arts disciplines who share their own experience, pose questions, and share resources. 

Further description and registration information

Humanities Days at MC 2017

October 23–27 on all three Campuses 
Montgomery College will be celebrating its fifth annual Humanities Days! Join us for a week filled with lectures, workshops, films, discussions, and more. Full schedules for each campus are linked below.

Germantown Campus | Rockville Campus | Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Humanities Days––Kick Off Event 
October 23, 6–8:30 p.m.  
Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Kick-Off Event Flyer [PDF]

Public Lecture: Learning from the Past: Immigration and Democracy in Ancient Athens, Joseph B. Scholten, PhD

Co-sponsored by the MC Peace and Justice Studies Community

Join us as we explore the contested subjects of immigration, democracy, and citizenship in a far-distant yet important context. How did immigration figure in the workings of the nation that first named the concept of “democracy”? What were some challenges and solutions, and what was the Ancient Greeks’ best thinking on this subject? What can we learn from their experience?

Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus, CM211

March 28, 2017, 11—12:30pm

Bring your class, recommend to your students!

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.”

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] 


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

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.

Global Humanities Institute •  7600 Takoma Avenue • Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

For general program information contact Dr. Rita Kranidis, Program Director • (240) 567-1617 • 

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