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Whether you are a casual fan of the humanities or teach in the humanities in one of the nation’s community colleges, we would like to welcome you to the blog for the Community College Humanities Association.  Feel free to poke around, read, and even submit content for future publication, which can be facilitated on this blog or in our Community College Humanities Review journal.

Please also note that the page you are currently viewing is a combination of both the Discourse Blog and the Member Discussions, either of which can be viewed separately.

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The 2017 Literary Magazine Competition is Underway!

One of the highlights of the Community College Humanities Association is its annual literary magazine competition, which highlights student work from all over the nation. The competition reinforces the mission of CCHA to help shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in the Humanities.

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Pre-Conference Workshop to Washington, DC, Announced!

Join us for a Pre-Conference Workshop in Washington, DC!

Led by retired Prof. Paul Benson of the Dallas County Community College District, this pre-conference workshop is a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the most interesting spots in Washington, DC.  Paul is an expert on Government and US History, and he will provide unique insight and subject matter expertise into the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and the African American Museum. To register for this, simply select the option when you register for the conference either HERE (if you are a current member) or HERE (for new and renewing members).

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Opportunity: Summer Poetry Teachers Institute from The Poetry Foundation

Summer Poetry Teachers Institute

July 10-14, 2017

The Poetry Foundation will be hosting its third annual Summer Poetry Teachers Institute in Chicago, July 10-14, 2017. The week will include seminars and workshops with some of today’s most compelling poets. Also, participants will study and discuss poetry with renowned poetry practitioners and expert teachers to develop lesson plans to bring back to their classrooms. Teachers will receive 30 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for completing the Institute, and tuition will be paid by the Poetry Foundation.

The Institute encourages conversations among teachers about past successes, challenges, and insights in bringing poetry to students in their various communities. The Institute offers participants a fresh, energizing approach to reading poems, invaluable materials for teaching, and new ways to invigorate their instructional habits and practices. The central idea is that the experience of the poem should precede analysis.

The Poetry Foundation invites teachers across K-12 grade levels and community college instructors to apply. The Institute seeks a range of participants: new and experienced teachers, those who enjoy teaching poetry, and those who have shied away from it. To apply, please fill out and submit this Google Form. Spots are limited and the deadline for applying online is March 31st. We strongly encourage applying early.

The Poetry Foundation believes that poetry is broad and inclusive; there is a place for everyone in poetry. And yet poetry is mysterious and open, so teaching poetry is uncertain and no one has the answers. A poem can be something you can carry with you and experience again and again in different ways. We believe teachers can instill a passion for poetry as they find multiple entry points for different students.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

For more information, to apply, and to read the frequently asked questions, please click HERE.

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NEH Summer Institute: Transcendentalism & Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, & Fuller

Spend two weeks in historic Concord, Massachusetts, immersed in this topic with a small group of two- and four-year college instructors. Working with a line-up of senior scholars, Including two Pulitzer Prize recipients, professors of literature and history, curators of museums and special collections  librarians, you will conduct research in prestigious archives, such as those to be found at the Concord Free Public Library, Concord Museum, and Massachusetts Historical Society.  Additionally, there will be opportunities for field studies at historic sites and homes. More info can be found here.

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NEH Summer Institute: On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories & the Land

On Native Grounds:

Studies of Native American Histories and the Land

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

In residence at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. June 12-June 30, 2017

“On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land” is a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association. It is an opportunity for twenty-two select faculty participants from two-year community and four-year colleges, tribal colleges, and universities, in a humanities discipline, to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, and by engaging with prominent scholars in the field of Native American ethnohistory through a rich schedule of interdisciplinary seminars led by the following ten distinguished Visiting Faculty Scholars: Continue reading NEH Summer Institute: On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories & the Land

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Fall 2016 Community College Humanities Review (CCHR) Journal Now Available!

CCHA’s flagship bi-annual publication, the Community College Humanities Review (CCHR), is back after being revamped by the new CCHR Editor, Sydney Elliott. You Copies of Volume 1 Issue 1 of the CCHR are now available for purchase through Amazon, and it is also available as a free digital download on the website for our CCHA members. CCHR 1.1 can be accessed HERE.

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CCHA Response to “The Executive Order on Immigration”

The Community College Humanities Association’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), representing community college humanities faculty across the United States, is deeply concerned about the implicit and explicit consequences of President Trump’s Executive Order that restricts the free movement of immigrants and predominantly Muslim refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States.

The CCHA Board of Directors and staff fully support Article 13(2) of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country,” and in the U.N.’s “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family,” and that this “is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” the ideals on which American democracy is founded and operates.

The President’s E.O. disrupts students and faculty who attend and teach college in the U.S. It also runs counter to the core principles of humanism, upsets the value and promise of human relationships, and disfavors the integrity of what we, as humanities faculty through the critical engagement of literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, foreign languages and cultures, seek to instill in all our students, a significant and increasing number of which come from countries other than the United States.

The CCHA stands for the fair treatment of any group regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. The CCHA also believes, as the U.N. declaration claims, that “disregard and contempt for human rights [is more likely to result] in barbarous acts which [will outrage] the conscience of mankind,” and that we call on the president to rescind this E.O., continue within the former framework to guard against terrorism, and welcome those who have already been vetted as well as honor the requests of those who are seeking freedom from persecution.

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2017 CCHA-AAR Affiliated Fellowship Winner Announced

Prof. Laura Migliorino


The winner of the CCHA Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome has been announced!  Please join us in congratulating Prof. Laura E. Migliorino as she will be off to Rome for a one-month fellowship to continue her work on “The Book as the Foundation of Humanities Education” this June!

Prof. Migliorino teaches in the Art Department at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and she has a subject-matter expertise in  Studio Art Design, Photography, Drawing, and Art History. Her work on the project “The Book as the Foundation of Humanities Education” will focus on “integrating important texts from the Rare Book Collection at the Academy into [her] curriculum, serving as markers on a timeline” in order to “deepen and enhance the material.”  The following is an excerpt from her application:

The book is a simple yet complex idea that has profound influence on culture, society, and religion that transcends time and civilization. The book is a platform or foundation for the studies of Humanities because it has so much power on the course of the human life. The impact of books, and the knowledge contained, dictates human history, influences religious and political policy, supports the powerful, and inspires the repressed. In early book creation, the relationship between word and image was essential. The word spoke to the privileged, the educated, and the images informed the poor and illiterate, yet both groups needed books to guide their lives.

Prof. Migliorino’s project is certainly quite comprehensive and exciting!

We would also like to state that this was a very difficult decision as we had so many wonderful proposals to review this year, with more than 15 applicants.  Therefore, we would like to say thanks, again, to all of our competitive applicants.

Are you interested in an opportunity like this? Attend our National CCHA Conference in Baltimore, MD, from November 9-11, or check back in on the blog and the website to see if there is an opportunity for you! You can always follow us on social media, too.

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Take Action to Support NEH funding! Get involved! Take Action to Support NEH funding!

Help us TAKE ACTION today to support the continued funding of the NEH! Please help us and do your part to support the humanities by accessing the links below and taking a few minutes to make your voice heard. The NEH is counting on members of associations like CCHA to support them at times like these.

Our friends at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) have a simple way for you to Tell President Trump You Oppose the Elimination of NEH, linked HERE. This only takes a moment, so please help! NHA also has a quick outline of what the proposed budget plan is and what you can do to help further, titled “Help Us Nip Efforts to Defund NEH in the Bud,” and that can be found HERE.

We will continue to send further updates and information as it becomes available. In closing, thank you for your continued and valued support for the humanities, the NEH, and CCHA.

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Call for Applicants: American Academy in Rome (AAR) – CCHA Affiliated Fellowship


Humanities faculty interested in applying for the American Academy in Rome – CCHA Affiliated Fellowship, the call for applicants is now open.

Established by The American Academy in Rome (AAR) in 2013, the AAR/CCHA Affiliated Fellowship is awarded annually to one faculty member at an  American community college. The award includes a four-week residency in June (exact dates TBD) at the Academy and a modest travel stipend.

Interested parties should complete the attached document and submit it by the application deadline of Friday, January 20th, 2017. All application materials (and any questions about the AAR-CCHA Affiliated Fellowship) should be directed to CCHA’s Executive Director, Andrew Rusnak, at by the deadline of TUESDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2017

Application Materials: CCHA Affiliated Fellowship Application