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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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Opportunity: Call for Reviewers for ACLS Fellowship Applications

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is introducing a new fellowship program this year—the Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships—to support the research ambitions of community college faculty in the humanities and related social sciences. The program, which has its first application deadline on September 26, 2018, will offer up to 26 fellowships of $40,000 to community college faculty working on a diverse range of research projects. You can find out more about the program here:

Like all ACLS fellowship programs, this program will use a peer review process to evaluate applications and select fellows. ACLS is currently looking for community college faculty in all fields of the humanities and related social sciences to serve as reviewers for the program’s inaugural competition or in a future year. Serving as a reviewer would involve evaluating 25-30 applications in the reviewer’s discipline using an online portal. Reviewers will have approximately six weeks this fall to score the applications and enter very brief comments. The honorarium for service is $200.

If you or any of your colleagues might be interested in serving as a reviewer next fall or in a future year, please email ACLS program officer Rachel Bernard ( no later than July 18 with the following information: name(s), email address, institution, faculty rank/title, department, and discipline. You may also enter multiple names on this spreadsheet, and email the spreadsheet to

Thanks so much for your help, and please feel free to forward this post to your colleagues.


National Council on Public History (NCPH) 2019 Meeting Call for Proposals

NCPH invites proposals for its 2019 conference in Hartford, Connecticut, that explore how public history intersects—sometimes purposefully, sometimes with unintended consequences—with the ongoing task of making and remaking places, communities, and polities. To learn more about the conference theme, “Repair Work,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at Final submissions are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at with any questions.

You can access a paper copy of the NCPH 2019 Call for Proposals HERE.

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CCHA Panel to Present at Biographers International Organization Conference

The Community College Humanities Association will have a panel presentation at the Conference of the Biographers International Organization (BIO), an affiliate of CCHA. The panel session will be held on  Saturday, May 19, at the Levy Center, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. More work can be found on the Bio website, here.

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Good News for the Humanities: NEH Statement on FY 2018 Budget

We would like to thank everyone who joined us and the National Humanities Alliance to advocate for full funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with the hope of adding an additional $5 million dollars to the 2018 fiscal year budget. We can never doubt the power of phone calls, emails, and boots on the ground as the NEH’s budget has been approved with a $2 million increase for FY 18. See below for the announcement from NEH:

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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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