Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking will “infuse questions about difference, community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities” at 10 community colleges. The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative announced the curriculum and faculty development project, which will be funded by a three-year National Endowment of the Humanities grant.
In the face of ever increasing diversity, intensified globalization, and hardening political polarization, it is more urgent than ever that higher education—and the humanities in particular—offer vehicles through which students expand their knowledge of each other’s cultures and develop skills to work across differences toward shared goals. As a microcosm of our nation’s diversity, community colleges are the ideal public space to infuse such learning, and the humanities—steeped in the practice of entering imaginatively into other people’s lives and worldviews through literature, history, and philosophy—are particularly well-suited to cultivate these capacities.
Ten community colleges will lead the Bridging Cultures project: Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ), City University of New York –Kingsborough Community College (NY), County College of Morris (NJ), Georgia Perimeter College (GA), Kapi’olani Community College (HI), Miami Dade College (FL), Middlesex Community College (MA), Mount Wachusett Community College (MA), Lone Star College –Kingwood (TX) and Santa Fe College (FL).