The Community College Humanities Association would like to congratulate Dr. Emily S. Tai and Dr. Scott Samuelson on being awarded the highest recognition from the Community College Humanities Association, The National Distinguished Humanities Educator Award, which they were awarded at the national conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
We live in a dynamic world, ever assaulted by our environment, with few places to turn where we can relax, unwind, be at one. While we have the added double-edged sword of the digital world to add to our list of anxieties (and the irony of this being a digital post is not lost on me), people have always looked for a way to disengage from the world while feeling a strong connection to their internal, humanistic side. The amazing thing about the humanities is that this field allows us to do this in a solitary environment, such as at home with a book, but we can also do this in a crowded library, theatre, or classroom. Why is this of interest? Simply because it means that what we crave to permit us to relax and reinvigorate ourselves is not necessarily time alone; we crave time spent with the humanities. They are a part of our everyday lives and we find them in our everyday, public spaces.
There is something special about those first few days after a great conference, and it’s not the jet lag. It is time to reevaluate. If you are anything like me, you know that mix of feelings and emotions that surge through your body as you prepare to re-embark on the rest of your semester armed with new strategies to get your students interested, engaged, and involved. It can feel like the first day of term all over again, but without the nerves or the sad feeling of loss for our vacation time. If anything, the post-conference surge we feel is that we are now closer to the finish line, and we are going to make these last few weeks count; they will be even more powerful and engaging.
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.