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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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An Excellent Seminar Opportunity from MLA (Quick Turnaround Deadline 5/7!)

Dear colleagues,

At the Modern Language Association convention in 2025, we’re running a seminar titled “Community-Engaged Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching Learning.” For a quick description:

This seminar will give participants an opportunity to develop writing in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly grounded in community-engaged pedagogy in languages and literatures. Seminar participants should be working toward the production of a specific project in the scholarship of teaching and learning, with a focus on the practices and outcomes of community-engaged pedagogy.

Facilitator: Jennifer Maloy (Queensborough Comm. Coll., City Univ. of New York)

Seminars are a fairly new offering at the MLA convention, and still in a pilot phase. We ran a few last year to good success, and we’re hoping to expand this year. Participants share work in advance of the convention, and spend the session discussing and envisioning future projects.

We’re extending the proposal deadline for a few days until the end of day 7 May. I know this is a bit of a tight turnaround, but we’re hoping some targeted outreach will help bring in more proposals. This is a wonderful opportunity for sharing research and building intellectual community for anyone at any career stage or in any position.

Folks interested should submit at the Convention Seminar page, and the short application consists of:

·  Abstract (up to 250 words) that outlines the main argument of the proposed submission

·  A brief CV or bio (no more than two pages)

·  A statement (up to 250 words) that details interest in the seminar and how it relates to professional development or future research work.

Thank you,

Your Colleagues at MLA

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Summer Workshop Opportunity with The Great Questions Foundation

TGQF develops and supports opportunities for students to think deeply and broadly about the human condition in required general education curricula at community colleges. Our summer course redesign workshops for faculty are a central part of this work. These online workshops have helped faculty members from twenty-eight different institutions incorporate the discussion-based study of transformative texts and ideas in general education courses they teach at community colleges. To date, about 1,600 students have completed courses supported by this effort.

Please consider applying or encouraging a colleague to apply to participate in one of our summer workshops!

Participants receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of an online workshop.

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ACLS Opportunity: Research Funding for Community College Humanities Faculty

Join the fine folks from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 3:30 PM EST for a webinar for community college faculty in the humanities. The webinar will feature staff from ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), who will review information about current funding opportunities at their organizations as well as application tips and strategies keyed to the specific research, teaching, and service conditions of community college faculty.

More info, including registration, can be found HERE.

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National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Lauds Latest Round of NEH Grants

From the NHA:

NHA Lauds Latest Round of NEH Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Humanities Alliance released the following statement today from its Executive Director Stephen Kidd on the January announcement of $33.8 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support 260 humanities projects nationwide:

“As part of the American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will support 28 small and mid-sized cultural organizations in underserved communities in strengthening their public humanities programming through its newest grant line, Public Impact Projects at Smaller Organizations. Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants will help further conservation training across the country to ensure effective stewardship of humanities collections. More than 100 NEH Fellowships and Awards for Faculty will support humanities research at higher education institutions throughout the U.S. And 30 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grants will encourage local investment as organizations work to sustain and bolster humanities infrastructure.”

“We are immensely proud of the NEH’s impact across the U.S. and will continue advocating for increased federal support for future grants in 2024 and beyond.”

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Institution/Organization FirstName LastName Title Description Outright Matching
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. Kathryn Crowther Discovering Where We Are: Place-Based Experiential Learning on Two-Year Commuter Campuses A three-year project to create experiential learning courses and community-based student projects at a two-year college. $150,000 $0
De Anza Community College Lori Clinchard Voices of Silicon Valley: Using Heritage Discourse to Counteract Placelessness and Build Belonging A three-year oral history project on the history of Silicon Valley. $150,000 $0
Delaware County Community College Ife Williams Mapping Resistance of Africans and African Descendants to Colonialism and Segregation, 1945-1990 A 15-month project to create curricular materials on resistance of Africans and African descendants to segregation and colonialism in the late twentieth century. $150,000 $0
Miami Dade College North Campus Jose Vazquez Going Overtown Digital Project for Miami Planning an immersive virtual reality experience and a website examining the history of vanished African American neighborhoods of Miami. $30,000 $0
CUNY Research Foundation, Queensborough Community College Agnieszka Tuszynska “A Damn Hard Fight”: The Life of Willard Motley Research and writing for a critical biography of African American novelist Willard Motley (1909–1965). $60,000 $0
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Thank You, Austin! Hello, Knoxville! National Conference News and Updates

We are pleased to announce that CCHA will be partnering with Pellissippi State Community College to hold the 2024 National Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee! The specific dates are still being settled, so be on the lookout for more information.

We would also like to take a moment to thank the good people of the Austin Community College District for their hard work in putting on an incredible conference experience! Additionally, a big thank you to all of you who joined us for a great conference punctuated by some great nightlife. Thank you, Austin!

Austin
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Call for Submissions: MLA’s “Committee on Community Colleges” Blog Opportunity

Call for Submissions

The Modern Language Association’s Committee on Community Colleges invites submissions for its monthly blog. We seek brief articles or reflections on themes germane to community college humanities education. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • innovations in curriculum development and pedagogy
  • professional development and scholarship
  • cross-disciplinary collaboration within and beyond the humanities
  • community partnerships
  • public humanities programming
  • connections with community college reform initiatives
  • relevance of the humanities to underserved and underrepresented student populations
  • intersections of humanities education and career readiness

 Please send submissions (400-1200 words) to Mike Jacobs at mjacobs20@monroecc.edu

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2023 Conference Attendees: A Message from Executive Director Rusnak

From the CCHA Executive Director, Andrew Rusnak

CCHA National Conference, Austin Community College, October 12-14th

Austin City Limits Music Fest will be in full swing as community college humanities professors from around the country descend on Austin Community College and the Hilton Embassy Suites October 12-14 to celebrate CCHA’s 2023 National Conference. A vibrant, cultural city, Austin is perfect for foodies and music lovers. Our very gracious hosts at Austin Community College are working extremely hard to bring you a memorable academic and social experience. We hope that when you depart, it’s with lots of useful takeaways, connections to new friends, meaningful experiences, and reconnections with old acquaintances.

For planning, several items I would like to bring your attention to as well as ask for your patience:

  • If you plan to attend the Thursday night reception at the host hotel and wish to imbibe, please bring cash, as it’s a cash bar only.
  • On Friday, starting at 7am and running until 6pm, there will be a 40-seat bus that circulates from the hotel to ACC’s campus. The distance is about 2.5 miles on the street and one run will take approximately 7 minutes depending on traffic. On Saturday, a 24-seat bus will run from 7am to 3pm. Since it is a very busy weekend in Austin, shuttle services were limited, and this is all we could secure. There will be no shuttle service for Thursday workshops. The walk is estimated to be 21 minutes. Directions for hikers: Austin Community College: Highland Campus to Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central – Google Maps.
  • Since we will not be able to have lunch concurrent with the plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday, we ordered a variety of sandwich type options for both days in order to expedite the one-hour time we will have to actually dine before moving into the plenary session area. ACC has a great on-campus catering service and will provide a number of meat and vegetarian options.
  • Transportation from the Airport. There are a number of public options: “There are several bus services available at the airport, including Capital Metro, Greyhound, and Megabus. Capital Metro offers several bus lines that run from the airport to downtown Austin, including Route 20, Route 100, and Route 350. These lines operate daily and have frequent departures throughout the day.” There also are shared ride options that are allowed to pickup near your gate: “Rideshare Pickup/Dropoff Instructions for Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft can drop you off at the departure level, along side regular passengers and taxis. Notify your driver of the airlines and preferably the terminal upon entering the airport premises.”
  • We hope that you make time to get out and explore the wonderful City of Austin. Getting around the city, there are a number of options: “The best way to get around Austin is by bus and light rail. Some travelers recommend a car; however, the expense and pains of one are enough to encourage many visitors to use Capital Metro – Austin’s public transit system.” Here is the link to the city’s Bus, Metro Rail, and Express Options, a great site for scheduling: Schedules & Maps – CapMetro – Austin Public Transit. Uber and Lyft also are available, as well as cab service:

Cost of a taxi in Austin

  1. Base fare: $2.50 (€2.20)
  2. Price per km: $1.50 (€1.30)
  3. Yellow Cab Austin: +1 512 452 9999
  4. Austin Express Cab Service +1 512 666 41410
  5. Pronto Rides: +1 512 580 3779

You won’t have to go far to explore much of what Austin has to offer. As mentioned above, the music festival will be in full throttle the weekend of our conference. Build in “sitting in traffic” at peak times. Austin ranks very low when it comes to overall and violent crime in major US cities and is considered one of America’s safest. That said, always be cognizant of your immediate surroundings. Practice situational awareness and follow all necessary protocols for guarding your safety and personal possessions. Here are a couple of ideas for fun:

Austin Visitor Guide
Digital Austin Visitor Guide

Sixth Street (Music Row)
Sixth Street is distinctly Austin. With its colorful and bustling array of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s a sure bet for experiencing local characters and the vibrancy of the city.
Guide to Austin’s 6th Street (6street.com)

 Austin Attendee Guide
Attendee Guide

Austin restaurants and Bars Guide
Best Austin Restaurants & Bars Guide – Cookie and Kate

21 Best Restaurants in Austin
The 21 Best Restaurants in Austin for an Epic Meal (timeout.com)

Austin Museums
10 Cool Museums to Visit in Austin | Visit Austin, TX (austintexas.org)

Cool Things to Do
Things To Do in Austin, Texas (austincityguide.com)

Discounts Around the City
Austin Insider Deals 

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CCHA’s Deans’ Committee hosts a Humanities Leadership Forum: August 3rd, 3:30-4:45

Please join CCHA’s Deans’ Committee on August 3rd, 3:30-4:45, for its Humanities Leadership Forum. This virtual event provides a platform for community college Humanities leaders to discuss a range of timely and consequential issues germane to the success of our students, colleagues, and institutions. Our inaugural event will focus on two such topics:

  • The impact of artificial intelligence in the humanities classroom
  • Best practices in leadership development

While the forum will be moderated by members of the Deans’ Committee, it will not comprise structured presentations. Rather, it will center the ideas and questions brought forth by attendees, thus helping us cultivate strategies for tackling the myriad challenges we face at our respective institutions.

Participation in this meaningful event is free and open to any and all community college humanities deans, chairs, and faculty leaders. Please REGISTER HERE for this event.

We look forward to seeing you on August 3rd!

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NHA Summer Virtual Workshop: Documenting the Impact of the Humanities in Higher Ed

The National Humanities Alliance is offering a summer virtual workshop opportunity with a discount available to our members. Documenting the Impact of the Public Humanities in Higher Education: A Toolkit will be offered on two dates this June, on the 22nd and 25th. This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to consider impact research as it relates to their own work and to the humanities more broadly. While the toolkit focuses on public humanities projects (including internship programs, publicly engaged courses, reading and discussion groups, and oral history projects), they anticipate that it will also be relevant to those carrying out a wide range of humanities work.

Visit the NHA workshop page HERE for more information.