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Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges*
Date range: 2011-2012
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Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
Daniel Greene (Project Director, 08/30/2011 - present); Christopher Cantwell (Co Project Director, 02/06/2012 - present)
ME-50001-12
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Out of Many - Religious Pluralism in America: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

To support: A cooperative agreement for a multi-year professional and curriculum development project for faculty and administrators from five community colleges on religious pluralism in America.

Project fields: History of Religion
Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $326,803 (approved); $326,803 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

American Historical Association (Washington, DC 20003-3889)
James Grossman (Project Director, 08/27/2013 - present); Robert Townsend (Project Director, 08/30/2011 - 08/28/2013)
ME-50005-12
American History, Atlantic and Pacific: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

To support: A cooperative agreement for a multi-year project for faculty and academic administrators from twelve community colleges to integrate the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds into the U. S. history survey course.

Building upon a three-year study of history teaching at community colleges, the American Historical Association (AHA) helps instructors take an international approach to the U.S. history survey, one of the most widely taught humanities courses on community college campuses. The project opens with a conference at the Huntington Library, where participating community college faculty members study the history and cultures of the Pacific Rim in relation to North America from 1600 to 1850. They spend the next year exploring ways to incorporate the new material into their survey courses. A second conference - to be held at the Library of Congress - similarly takes up the Atlantic World from 1450 to 1850. Following this conference, participants implement their course revisions. A third conference in New York City serves as a showcase for presentations on results. William Deverell (University of Southern California) leads the study of the Pacific Rim, and Philip Morgan (Johns Hopkins University) leads the study of the Atlantic World. They present at the conferences and take part in online seminars, along with faculty mentors Cheryll Cody (Houston Community College, Southwest) and Kevin Reilly (Raritan Valley College). Core readings include works by David Abulafia, David Armitage, Bernard Bailyn, Jean Heffer, Patrick Kirch, and Matt Matsuda, among others. Participants also have opportunities to work with the collections at the Huntington Library and the Library of Congress.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $359,844 (approved); $359,844 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 2/28/2015

Community College Humanities Association (Newark, NJ 07102)
Diane Eisenberg (Project Director, 01/18/2012 - present); David Berry (Project Director, 08/30/2011 - 01/18/2012)
ME-50010-12
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Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

To support: A cooperative agreement for a two-year professional and curriculum development project for faculty and academic administrators from eighteen community colleges to improve introductory humanities courses.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $359,529 (approved); $359,529 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

East-West Center (Honolulu, HI 96848-1601)
Peter Hershock (Project Director, 08/30/2011 - present)
ME-50013-12
Asian Traditions and Cultural Differences: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

To support: A cooperative agreement for a three-year project on cultural pluralism in the context of East and Southeast Asian history and traditions for faculty and academic administrators from fifteen community colleges.

The East-West Center develops a professional and curriculum development project that engages community college faculty and academic administrators in an examination of "the historical dynamics of cultural interaction in China and Southeast Asia," focusing on the arts, literature, religious traditions, knowledge systems, and trade. Participating campuses are organized in geographically based clusters led by Middlesex Community College (MA), Community College of Philadelphia, Johnson County Community College (KS), City College of San Francisco, and Community College of Baltimore County. Project activities open with a ten-day symposium in Honolulu where participants engage in intensive study with leading scholars and develop plans for new courses or curricular revisions. Symposium readings include historical studies of East and Southeast Asia, The Analects of Confucius, and a philosophical examination of the concept of diversity, as well as supplemental readings on the regions drawn from history, politics, philosophy, religion, art, and literature. Over the next two years, Asian studies scholars visit each community college cluster in order to mentor participants as they implement plans developed at the opening symposium. In addition to conducting faculty development workshops, the mentors give public lectures. These activities are supplemented by an online conference featuring project-related research. The project concludes with a two-day conference (site to be determined). In addition to the project director, lead scholars include Thomas Kasulis (philosophy, Ohio State University), Stanley Murashige (art history, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Morris Rossabi (history, Columbia University), and University of Hawai'i faculty members Roger Ames (philosophy), Paul Lavy (art history), and Barbara Andaya (history). Mentoring scholars are chosen based on the interests and needs of the participants.

Project fields: Asian Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $360,000 (approved); $357,699 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 10/31/2015

Association of American Colleges and Universities (Washington, DC 20009-1604)
David Paris (Project Director, 01/31/2013 - present); Caryn Musil (Project Director, 08/30/2011 - 01/31/2013)
ME-50016-12
Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

To support: A cooperative agreement for a three-year professional and curriculum development project on American cultural diversity and democracy for faculty and administrators from twelve community colleges.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) offer a three-year curriculum and faculty development program for community college faculty and administrators. The program enables 12 teams from selected community colleges to infuse questions about difference, community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities; promote greater adoption of proven high-impact practices that advance important civic learning outcomes; create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for community college faculty, especially adjunct faculty; and expand the project’s impact through collaboration with additional community colleges and partnerships with state humanities councils. It includes a summer faculty development institute in August 2012 and culminates in a symposium planned for October 2014. The program’s impact is strengthened by a partnership with the New York Times’ Epsilen online learning network, which is partnering with TDC in their national initiative. Through this partnership, project participants use the online learning platform to develop forums and to share and co-create resources and course materials.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $359,995 (approved); $359,995 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2015

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