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Global Dimensions of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Religion in America

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,”
St. Louis Community College developed and implemented a new course “Global Dimensions of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Religion in America” to fulfill the project requirements to 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.
“Global Dimensions of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Religion in America” introduces students to global processes influencing and shaping race/ethnicity, gender and religion in the America experience. Students study the historical layers of cultural, economic and political interaction between the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and North America that have influenced and shaped the role of race/ethnicity, gender and religion in America history and in the modern nation.

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.

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 has been teaching the new class, “Global Dimensions of Race, Gender and Religion in America,” this fall at STLCC-Forest Park.