Protect the NEH

Please, Join us Once Again as We Can Work to #SavetheNEH Together

From the Executive Director:

As I am sure most of you are already aware, the 2019 Federal Budget Request has been released by the Executive Branch of the government, and it, once again, calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, among other major cuts to public programs.
It also calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services.
This is a time when we ask our members to join us in any level of involvement they can. At most, I would encourage any of you who can to please participate in the National Humanities Alliance’s (NHA) 2-day meeting, March 11th and 12th in Washington, DC. The 12th will be dedicated to advocacy on the Hill for humanities education and opportunities. At the very least, I would ask you to go to the following link provided by NHA to let your elected members of Congress know that you value programs like the NEH and that you want them to be preserved. You can also have your voice be heard to save other humanities programs at this link.
Please let Congress hear the strength of our combined voices. After all, the Executive Branch can only make a budget request; it is these very elected officials who will make the actual budget. Please join us and #SavetheNEH once again.
Andrew Rusnak
CCHA Executive Director
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ACLS Announces New Fellowships for Community College Faculty

ACLS Announces New Fellowships for Community College Faculty 

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for community college faculty. The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges.

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Mellon Initiative Update: CCs and the Humanities in the 21st Century

Mellon Initiative Update: Community Colleges and the Humanities in the 21st Century

We wanted to update our members on a current initiative from the Mellon Foundation focusing on Community Colleges and the Humanities in the 21st Century. Several CCHA member institutions are involved in these programs, including CCHA’s home institution, the Community College of Baltimore County; and also the home institution of long-time board member Chancellor Constance Carroll, The San Diego Community College District.

Whether you are involved with one of these institutions or not, this is still a great initiative for the humanities in the nation’s community colleges. More information about this initiative can be found here.

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NEH Summer Institute: The Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Poem, Modern Readers

Announcing a new NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers

An NEH summer seminar titled “The Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Poem, Modern Readers” will be held at Yale University in New Haven, CT, from July 9-27, 2018. The deadline for applications is set for March 1, 2018. Interested parties with questions should contact Richard Davis, the program director, at Additionally, further information can be found on the program website, HERE.

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NEH Summer Institute: The Book: Material Histories & Digital Futures

NEH Summer Institute: The Book: Material Histories and Digital Futures

Download a copy of this announcement as a PDF HERE.

For more information on this opportunity, click HERE.

Announcing an NEH Summer Institute in 2018 for College and University Faculty, The Book: Material Histories and Digital Futures. The four-week Institute will take place June 18 to July 13, 2018 at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Applications for the Institute are accepted from now until March 1. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $3300, which are intended to defray travel and living costs. For more information about the Institute, housing, logistics, and instructions for application, see our website: Applicants will be notified of acceptance on March 28.

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An Update from Brian Stipelman, Chair of the CCHA Deans’ Committee

At last month’s national conference of the Community College Humanities Association, thirteen community college deans responsible for Humanities education at their respective institutions convened to form the first CCHA Deans’ Committee. This body will serve as an instrument by which Deans of Humanities can affirm the value of Humanities education while working collaboratively to expand its scope and relevance within and beyond higher education.

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CCHA Thankful (to you) for a Successful 2017 National Conference

Dear CCHA Members,

As this is a time for reflection and giving thanks, we just wanted to thank you for helping make the 2017 CCHA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, a success. From all of the feedback we have heard, the conference was enjoyed and considered a resounding success by our attendees, and we have had many emails about feeling re-energized and ready to return to the classroom for a strong “final push” this semester. This is so encouraging to us as we want to continue to be an organization that supports and represents our countless strong faculty, staff, and administrative members in the humanities nationwide. 

We also want to say that it re-energizes us at CCHA to continue to find ways to support our members by creating connections and opportunities for grants, fellowships, and other possibilities; so we promise that we will keep working for you. We are thankful that we have so many amazing members to continue advocating for. 

In closing, we hope you enjoy the holiday and return to work afterwards continuing to feel the positive energy from the conference.

Thanks again,

Your CCHA Friends and Colleagues