Montgomery College's Global Humanities Institute was created in 2012 with the support of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH Bridging Cultures initiative aims to "engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives within the United States and abroad." The grant enables Montgomery College to focus on how it teaches the humanities in ways that reflect the complexities of our global society. The College has created an interdisciplinary course on Global Humanities and is working to provide learning opportunities for all within and beyond the classroom while facilitating education abroad for faculty. Gaining expertise beyond the classroom will better prepare students and faculty for the global marketplace of the 21st century.

Conveniently for our Sister Cities program, the Institute is focus on creating partnerships in China, India and El Salvador. College representatives have been a valuable presence on all four of the county's "Sister City missions.

The Global Humanities Institute and Arts Departments of Montgomery College organized a collaborative art exhibit with Xi'an University and the University of El Salvador that was on display from October 23 through November 14, 2014 at the Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College's Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The exhibit, entitle "Identity: Contemporary Interpretations of History, Place and Culture," featured artists from Xi'an University and the University of El Salvador. Forma Morazán Governor Miguel Ventura joined Vilma Herrara, Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of El Salvador at the October 23 opening reception. Xi'an University professors visited Montgomery County in December of 2014.

For additional information about Montgomery College's Global Humanities Institute, please log onto http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/globalhumanities or contact program director Rita Kranidis at rita.kranidis@montgomerycollege.edu

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