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Global Humanitites Institute

Who We Are  

The GHI is a new entity at Montgomery College that is funded by a Bridging Cultures grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an initiative that “engages 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.”

"Montgomery College is lucky to have an especially diverse student population.  Our students represent more than 120 nationalities and cultures.  Therefore, it behooves us to discover ways of listening closely and learning from their experiences, not just those of students abroad."   
—Rita Kranidis, GHI Director

Our Mission 

To promote a global perspective in the humanities and to emphasize the role of the humanities in education and civic life.  To create a model program for internationalizing the humanities at Montgomery College and to ensure that it is replicable. All our work is to benefit our students and our communities.

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.

What we do 

  • Create new courses that will support a focus on the global humanities
  • Train faculty to modify the humanities courses they teach
  • Provide learning opportunities through campus events for students and others in the Montgomery College community
  • Support faculty professional development through research grants and travel to conferences
  • Provide opportunities for study of world languages
  • Build partnerships with humanities colleagues in China, India and El Salvador
  • Lead groups of faculty, staff and administrators in travel to China, India and El Salvador
  • Make public the products of our work for those creating their own programs
  • Develop resources for the teaching and learning of global humanities
  • Hold Collegewide celebrations of Humanities Day
  • Host conferences that promote the exchange of ideas on teaching the global humanities.

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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 • 

For Web page questions, contact Dr. Norberto Gomez, Webmaster • (240) 567-5502 •


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