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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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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).

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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!

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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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CAORC 2019-2020 Research Fellowships Now Available!

Announcing new Fellowship opportunities from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers:

More info on these Fellowships is available HERE.


CAORC NEH SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
The National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the U.S. for three or more years.

Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.

Applicants must propose four to six consecutive months of research between the period of May 2020 and November 2021 in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.

Fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month for four to six consecutive months.

Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD.
  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.
  • Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.  
Application deadline: January 23, 2020
Announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2020.

CAORC MULTI-COUNTRY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD.
Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.
Please note that in accordance with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with overseas research centers: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen.
Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given. Each year the highest ranking Multi-Country Fellowship applicant will receive an additional $1,000 toward travel expenses through the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award. The award is named after CAORC’s founding director, Dr. Mary Ellen Lane.
Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.
  • Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. 
  • PhD candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2020.
  • Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: January 23, 2020
Announcements are expected to be made by the end of April 2020.
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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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Announcing The 2019 Literary Magazine Competition Winners

We at CCHA are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Literary Magazine Competition! We would also like to once again thank Jenny Williams and her team of judges for their hard work on what is the flagship competition here at CCHA.

2019 Winners of National Magazine, Overall (Tie)

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Pima Community College,
Tucson, AZ

Faculty Advisor: Maggie Goldston

Ourglass

Community College of Denver,
Denver, CO

Faculty Advisor: Jeff Becker

We also want to be sure to congratulate the winners at all levels and in categories, so please be sure to see the full lists of winners at the links below. Lastly, for those of you who didn’t win this year, note that nest year’s competition opens in a few short months!

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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.

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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:

 

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PUBLIC HISTORY
2020 ANNUAL MEETING | ATLANTA, GEORGIA | MARCH 18-21, 2020 CALL FOR POSTERS

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“THREADS OF CHANGE”

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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CCHA Deans’ Committee: “Innovative Practices in the Humanities” MCCIH

Innovative Practices in the Humanities

In the first of an ongoing series highlighting innovative practices in the humanities, the CCHA Deans’ Committee would like to highlight the work of Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY.
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