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ME-50019-13

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Pennee Bender (Project Director: 08/15/2012 to present)

Bridging Historias through Latino History and Culture: An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project

A cooperative agreement for a two-and-a-half-year faculty and curriculum development project on Latino/a history for thirty-six community college faculty and academic administrators in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

A cooperative agreement for a two-and-a-half-year faculty and curriculum development project on Latino/a history for forty-two community college faculty and academic administrators in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Queensborough Community College, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center (ASHP/CML) organizes a program of sustained study for community college faculty and administrators on the history and cultures of Latino/a communities in the United States leading to the development of curricular materials on these topics. Under the leadership of Pennee Bender and Donna Thompson Ray of ASHP/CML, the project begins with a series of six full-day seminars on Latino/a history from the colonial period to the present. Speakers for the seminar series include Virginia Sánchez Korrol (Brooklyn College, CUNY), Andrés Reséndez (University of California at Davis), Pablo Mitchell (Oberlin College), John Nieto-Phillips (Indiana University), Orlando Hernández (Hostos Community College, CUNY), Cristina Beltrán (New York University), María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (New York University), Ramona Hernández (City College of New York, CUNY), María Montoya (New York University), and Lisandro Pérez (John Jay College, CUNY). These seminars are supplemented by an online reading discussion series and mentoring from Queensborough faculty members Megan Elias, Aránzazu Borrachero, and Amy Traver; Carlos Hernández and Patricia Mathews-Salazar from Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY; and Karen Miller (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY) as participants develop and implement curricular materials. A separate program helps administrators develop strategies to support the project on their campuses. The closing conference features Vicki Ruiz of University of California at Irvine, and provide opportunities for participant teams to present on their progress. Readings are drawn from the works of the project faculty, as well as from historians Samuel Truett, Raúl Ramos, María Cristina Garcia, and Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof; anthropologist Arlene Davila; and sociologist Robert Smith, among others.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$359,659 (approved)
$359,646 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2013 – 8/31/2016