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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] 

STEaM Cleaned 2016

Exploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM Through Clothing

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

2016 STEAM Cleaned

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 >>

Celebrating Our China Year

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

Monday, April 25, 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.”


Why Globablize 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.

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 Spring 2016.

Introduction to Global Humanities, GHUM 101, Now Offered on the Three Campuses:

Germantown Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30—1:45, Prof. Jill Kronstadt
Rockville Campus, Thursday evenings, 6 - 8:45, Prof. Kenneth N. Jassie
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 - 12:25, Prof. Gregory N. Wahl

More information about GHUM 101, including course syllabus

How to "Get Global!" at MC


International Partnerships > Global Classrooms

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.

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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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