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STLCC Receives CCHA/NEH Grant

January 31, 2013

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St. Louis Community College is one of 18 two-year colleges selected to receive a grant to develop and implement new humanities offerings designed to bridge cultural gaps. STLCC's grant team includes, from left, Steven Collins, Yvonne Johnson and Deborah Henry.

St. Louis Community College was one of 18 two-year colleges competitively selected to participate in a multi-disciplinary two-year mentoring project designed to bridge cultures through the humanities.

Through the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) and National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) grant, “Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project,” selected institutions will develop and implement new or revised introductory humanities courses, new modules, or programs in one of the five disciplines: literature, history, philosophy, religion and civic engagement.

The community college, with its increasingly diverse student body, offers an exemplary opportunity to advance the NEH Bridging Cultures initiative to revitalize intellectual and civic life through the humanities, and, to do so through sound humanities scholarship.

“Community colleges, as educators of nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates, are key to promoting critical thinking and civil discourse, given the remarkable diversity of their student populations,” said David Berry, CCHA executive director and project co-director.

The STLCC grant team includes Deborah Henry, Ph.D., associate professor in history at the Forest Park campus; Yvonne Johnson, Ph.D., dean of humanities and social sciences at the Meramec campus; and Steven G. Collins, Ph.D., professor in history at Meramec. Henry will teach the new class, “Global Dimensions of Race, Gender, and Religion in America,” in fall 2013.

“This has been a wonderful experience for us not only to meet with other humanities professors from community colleges around the county, but also to participate in an intellectually rigorous and cutting-edge program that will enrich St. Louis Community College, and, we hope, other institutions that will be able to adopt the classes, modules and lesson plans developed through this grant,” Collins said.

A final case study is expected to be published and distributed to all 1,200 community colleges nationwide to encourage emulation.

“We expect that the 18 selected community colleges will use this opportunity to create bold, novel initiatives to enhance understanding of many different countries and peoples, as well as cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide,” said Diane Eisenberg, project co-director.