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Welcome to the Blog!

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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CCHA Awarded Teagle Planning Grant for High School Outreach

We are pleased to announce that CCHA has been awarded funding to begin planning a project aimed at outreach to high school students. The project, “What Does It Mean to be Human Today?”, will see a series of two-week seminars held at five colleges across the country. The five colleges are the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland; Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York; Collin Community College in McKinney, Texas; San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, California; and Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.

The Teagle grant funds the planning of the seminars, which will take place in October of 2019. More information on the seminars will be posted as we have it. For now, we would like to congratulate those involved in the planning process and the five schools that will be participating in the project.

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CFP: National Council on Public History 40th Anniversary Meeting

The following message comes from the National Council on Public History:

The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia! Interested in joining in on the fun? Consider submitting a proposal for the conference which will run from March 18-21, 2020. Our theme for the conference will be “Threads of Change”, and all proposals will be due July 15, 2019. We look forward to hearing from you!

You can Download the NCPH 2020 CFP HERE

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ACLS Names Inaugural Community College Faculty Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows. This is the first year of this program, which supports research projects from humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges. The program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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SPECIAL REPORT: From AAA&S: Humanities in the Community College

SPECIAL REPORT

Dear CCHA Members:
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has just released its “Humanities Education in Community Colleges Pilot Study” and the results are very encouraging as we compare the relationships between humanities education, numbers of students, and two-year colleges. Here are some major highlights and talking points:
  • About 2.8 million students took a humanities course for credit at a community college in the fall of 2015 (the year for which data were collected). They accounted for approximately 40 percent of all community college students taking courses for credit that term.
  • Over 1.7 million students took at least one course in English, and approximately 700,000 students took a history course. About 300,000 enrolled in courses in languages other than English. More than 255,000 community college students took a philosophy course. Additionally, between 400,000 and 450,000 students took a course in another humanities discipline or a survey course in the humanities.
  • About 70,000 faculty members taught at least one college-level humanities course for credit at community colleges, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all community college faculty.
  • The student-faculty ratio in the humanities is “substantially higher” than the ratio for community colleges generally. The student-faculty ratio for courses in the humanities was 40 to one, compared to 20 to one for all community college courses. Philosophy has the highest student-faculty ratio among the humanities disciplines examined, with about 50 students for each faculty member. The lowest ratio among the humanities disciplines, at 26 students per faculty member, was in foreign languages.
  • High school students in dual enrollment programs made up about 10 percent of humanities students at community colleges.
  • The study found regional differences in humanities course taking. About 35 percent of community college students are in the South, but they make up only 24 percent of those taking foreign languages. But they make up 45 percent of community college students studying history. Community college students in the West are less likely to be studying the humanities than are other community college students, but they are more likely to be studying languages other than English.
We like to think that everyone in CCHA is an ambassador for the humanities. I hope you will take the time to study the information in the report and make every effort to reach out to your administrators and local media to help create a clearer picture of the humanities in community colleges.
Thanks,
Andrew Rusnak
CCHA Executive Director
*A copy of this report is available for download HERE.
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Mellon-Funded MLA Teaching Institute Now Accepting Applications

As was previously announced, this past summer, Executive Director Rusnak and Deputy Executive Director Campbell were invited to join a group faculty members from four-year institutions and “access-oriented institutions” (identified by the Modern Language Association as “community colleges and other colleges that prioritize access over selectivity in admissions”) to design a grant-funded program that will offer instructors who teach at access-oriented institutions and doctoral students who are interested in teaching at these institutions the opportunity to participate in regional week-long seminars focused on Reading-Writing Pedagogy. As we received plenty of questions about this opportunity, we are happy to announce that the Modern Language Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for this amazing opportunity. Please take note of the approaching Deadline: March 11th. Interested individuals can access the application HERE. Good luck to you all!

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Opportunity: Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced a truly wonderful opportunity for any recent PhDs. Their Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition, which includes a large stipend and health insurance, is an opportunity that should definitely not be missed. More information can be found at the link HERE. Please  be sure to take note of the coming Deadline: March 13th.
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2019 Humanities Advocacy Day with the National Humanities Alliance

It is that time of year again, and, unfortunately, funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the humanities as a whole is never guaranteed. To that end, members of CCHA are invited to meet in Washington, DC, to take part in the Annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) on Monday, March 11th, followed by trips to Capitol Hill to advocate for the humanities on Tuesday, March 12th. More information can be found at the link to the NHA announcement HERE. If you cannot make it in person, we will b e sending out information on how you you can advocate digitally. Please do join us in advocating for this important cause and to help protect the humanities.

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CCHA Joins MLA in Planning for $1M Mellon Grant for CC Faculty

This past summer, Executive Director Rusnak and Deputy Executive Director Campbell were invited to join a group faculty from four-year institutions and “access-oriented institutions” (identified by the Modern Language Association as “community colleges and other colleges that prioritize access over selectivity in admissions”) to design a grant-funded program that will offer doctoral students and instructors who work at access-oriented institutions the opportunity to participate in regional week-long seminars focused on Reading-Writing Pedagogy. It is a pleasure to announce that Mellon has funded this program, and further information is now available through the MLA’s news site. Additionally, we would like to congratulate our colleagues at the planning retreat and thank Paula Krebs, Executive Director of the MLA, for her excellent leadership on this endeavor.

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Fully-Funded CAORC Seminar for CC Faculty: Pakistan (Deadline: 2/18)

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) will be hosting a seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, that is aimed toward community college faculty. “Religion and Culture in the Postcolonial City” will take place from June 8 – 22. The deadline for applications is February 18th. More information is available below.

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CFP: Culturally Responsive Teaching Conference (Deadline: 1/31)

The 5th Annual Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Conference has extended their deadline for proposals to January 31, 2019. This is an excellent conference and an excellent opportunity, so please do consider getting involved! The conference will be held in Linthicum Heights (just outside of Baltimore, MD) this year on March 21st and 22nd. Further information can also be found at www.CRT-CC.org. Please also see the CFP flier in addition to the conference flier below.

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