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AC-50146-12

Mount St. Mary's University (Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599)
Montserrat Reguant (Project Director: 07/08/2011 to present)
Julie Feldman Abe (Co Project Director: 12/02/2011 to present)

Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies Curricula

A two-year curriculum and faculty development project to study women in China from antiquity to today and to produce content for courses in humanities, education, business, and health-related studies.

"Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies" is a two-year curriculum and faculty development project beginning in 2012 at Mount St. Mary's College (MSMC) for eight faculty members to study and produce new course content on women in China from antiquity to today. Through a focus on women in China, this project strengthens the college's offerings on this increasingly important country, which is nonetheless largely unknown to MSMC undergraduates-many of whom are Latina, first-generation college students from low-income family backgrounds. Project co-directors Montserrat Reguant (chair, Language and Culture) and Julie Feldman-Abe (director, Center for Cultural Fluency) are joined by six additional faculty members, three each from the humanities and the professions; over the two-year project, they work to modify or create fifteen courses across three degree levels and eight majors. One such new course compares Chinese and American poetry; existing courses incorporate new material on Confucian ethics in the Introduction to Philosophy and fold Chinese literature and philosophy about leadership in the business management seminar. During the first year of faculty reading and study, six visiting scholars from universities in the region bring their expertise to campus, each offering a public lecture followed by a faculty seminar on such topics as "Empresses, Art, and Agency" and "What Can Chinese Films Tell Us About Modern Chinese History?" The college itself funds the faculty cohort's seven-day "immersive experience" in China, building on an existing relationship with Nanjing University, which hosts faculty seminars and guides the cohort's visits to key cultural sites. Late in the second year, the faculty work to develop a China Resource Network as a forum for further dialogue and dissemination, with its website housing all project materials, including scholars' recorded public lectures.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$97,603 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 9/30/2014