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NHA Virtual Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

The following message comes from the National Humanities Alliance (NHA):

Join us March 8-10, 2021 for the Virtual NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day!

With humanities departments facing elimination, museums and archives confronting lay-offs and even closure, and federal funding falling short, it is crucial that we come together to build our capacity to advocate for the humanities.

NHA Annual Meeting – March 8 and 9

The Annual Meeting brings together faculty, administrators, and representatives from scholarly societies, museums, archives, and other humanities organizations to build their capacity to advocate for the humanities. Explore the preliminary program here. To accommodate attendees in as many time zones as possible, programming will be held each afternoon (Eastern Time).

We will also offer ample opportunity to connect with colleagues old and new with virtual receptions and “hallway” conversations.

Humanities Advocacy Day – March 10

On Humanities Advocacy Day, state-based delegations will meet via video or conference call with Members of Congress and their staff.

It is essential that Congress hear about the challenges humanities departments, museums, libraries, archives, and other humanities organizations are facing due to the pandemic and what is to be lost without additional federal support.

Together, we will advocate for increased FY 2022 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Department of Education’s international education programs (Title VI and Fulbright-Hays).

In the weeks leading up to Humanities Advocacy Day, we will offer an orientation on virtual advocacy and training on Capitol Hill advocacy more generally. New and seasoned advocates are welcome!

Explore our event webpage for FAQs and more information! We look forward to seeing you in March.


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NHA Lauds Latest Round of NEH Grants, see the CC Awardees

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 December announcement of $33 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support 213 humanities projects nationwide:

“With this announcement, the National Endowment for the Humanities is funding the first round of grants made with the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council, aimed at encouraging digital humanities collaboration between our two countries. Humanities Initiatives grants will support humanities work in higher education institutions throughout the U.S., including at HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, and community colleges. And Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grants will support large projects at institutions from Alaska to Maine.

“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 2021 and beyond.”


Please see below for a list of the Community College Awardees.

Institution Name Title Outright
Capital Community College Jeffrey Partridge Black Heritage Project: Empowering Students Through Black Community History $149,426
Howard Community College MatthewVan Hoose Depeniong Global Humanities $75,291
Helena College University of Montana Ari Laskin A Bridge to College Humanities: Local Culture and History through Film $144,719
Nebraska Indian Community College Maunka Morgan Francis La Flesche Digital Resources Development Initiative $99,388
Trocaire College Dawn Bost Community and Mission: Building a New Applied Ethics Minor $132,291
Fashion Institute of Technology Kyunghee Pyun Shop Girls to Show Girls: Teaching Resources on New York’s Working Class for Community College Students $150,000
CUNY Research Foundation, Manhattan Community College Cara O’Connor Voices and Experiences of Poverty: A New Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum $150,000
Lorain County Community College Jewon Woo Rhizomatic Democracy in the 19th-Century Black Press of Ohio $40,000
Chemeketa Community College District Keith Russell Lifting Voices: Public Speaking as a Bridge to the Humanities $149,973

CCBC and JHU awarded $3.88 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

CCBC and JHU awarded $3.88 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

to support the schools’ Humanities for All 2.0 initiative

Collaborative efforts between the two schools help enrich students’ experience


Baltimore County, Md. – (Jan. 7, 2020), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a combined $3.88 million to the Community College of Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins University to support collaborations between the two institutions on Humanities curriculum and pedagogy.

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Announcing Another Great NEH Summer Institute Opportunity

The following is posted on behalf of NEH and CUNY:

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2020 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath.  Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2020.

The Institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media–including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography–to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict.  Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the range of work in the field, Institute participants will hear daily lectures and presentations by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; and take part in hands-on sessions in significant museums and archival collections. These Institute activities will introduce participants to the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, encourage them to explore avenues for further research in the field, and assist them in developing their own research and/or teaching projects. Reading assignments preceding and during the Institute will prepare participants for full engagement in the Institute¹s discussions and activities. And time will be provided to prepare individual projects, undertake research at local archives, and meet with the three principal institute faculty members as well as guest speakers.

The institute will meet from July 6 to July 17, 2020 at the CUNY Graduate Center (34th Street and Fifth Avenue) and other archival and museum sites around the city, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, and New York Public Library. Faculty and visiting speakers include: Jermaine Archer, Amanda Bellows, Louise Bernard, Michele Bogart, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, Matthew Fox-Amato, Amanda Frisken, Lauren Hewes, Dominique Jean-Louis, Barbara Krauthamer, Turkiya Lowe, Maurie McInnis, Megan Kate Nelson,  Susan Schulten, Scott Manning Stevens, and Dell Upton.

While scholars and teachers specializing in U.S. history, American Studies, and art history will find the Institute especially attractive, we encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the Civil War era and its visual culture, regardless of your disciplinary interests.  Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work or full-time graduate studies are also urged to apply.  You need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Civil War or visual culture or have previously incorporated their study in any of your courses or research. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which two weeks of concentration on the topics will enhance your teaching and/or research. In addition, please describe a research or teaching project you will develop during the institute. The ideal institute participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the relevance of the topic to their teaching and research.

Full details and application information are available on the ASHP/CML Institute website at http://ashp.cuny.edu/nehinstitute/.  For further information, please contact Institute Director Donna Thompson Ray at dthompson@gc.cuny.edu or 212-817-1963.

Completed applications must be submitted via our online application system or e-mail or postal mail no later than March 1, 2020 (postal mail must be postmarked by March 1).


Congrats to San Diego Community College District on Mellon Grant

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and UC San Diego (UCSD) have been awarded a total of $2.7M in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation! The innovative program creates a pathway for students to major in the humanities and then transfer from SDCCD to UCSD to further their education. Read the full article from Newswire here. Congratulations to all of our friends and colleagues at SDCCD!


Conference Opportunity: “Internationalizing the Curriculum”

The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Latin American Studies are sponsoring a program specifically for community college educators within the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy’s conference “Internationalizing the Curriculum: The Role of Intercultural Competence.” The full conference is in Tucson, Arizona, from January 23-26; the community college-focused program is Saturday, January 25 and Sunday morning (post-session), January 26. For more information, go to:  https://icc.arizona.edu/.

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Call for Papers from the Pacific-Coast Branch of the AHA

This is a reminder from our friends at the Pacific-Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB-AHA) that it’s times to submit panels and papers for the PCB-AHA. This is an exceptionally friendly conference for undergraduates and graduate students! The annual conference will be held in Portland, Oregon August 6-8, 2020. Here is the Call for Papers. Here is the portal for submitting panels and proposals. Good luck to those who submit!
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New Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Data Project

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is undergoing a new data project to gather “quantitative and qualitative information about the status of architectural history as a field in higher education”. You are invited to take part in their upcoming survey, which will be available on the main SAH Data Project Page, HERE.  In addition, be sure to check out the blog post “Four Questions for a Community College Architectural History Instructor” while you’re there. This Mellon-supported project is scheduled to be completed in December of 2020. More information will be forthcoming as the project progresses.

Should you have any questions or be interested in further information, you can feel free to contact the project’s researcher, Sarah M. Dreller, at sdreller@sah.org.


National Council on Public History’s 2020 Call for Posters (Deadline: 10/7)

Please see below for the Call for Posters from the National Council on Public History:





The National Council on Public History invites poster submissions for the poster session at our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Deadline: Monday, October 7, 2019
Submit a proposal at http://bit.ly/NCPH2020posters
Questions? Email Program Manager Meghan Hillman (meghillm@iupui.edu)

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2019-2020 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship competition is now open. ACLS invites applications from community college faculty who are working on research projects in the humanities and social sciences.

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