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ERIC Number: ED178119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Community Forums: A Boost for the Humanities.
Eisenberg, Diane U.
Interest in the humanities is being revitalized at community and junior colleges through community forums and town meetings. The idea of melding the community forum with the humanities was at the heart of a national humanities demonstration program, in which 11 community colleges participated by developing model community forum programs based upon articles and supplementary materials prepared by distinguished humanists for Courses by Newspaper (CbN). The CbN series of 15 articles serves as a basis for courses at two- and four-year colleges. The community forum demonstration programs added a new dimension to CbN by using lectures, panels, debates, dramatizations, films, or radio broadcasts to provide an informational introduction to open discussion periods. Members of humanities faculties were involved in all aspects of the program, serving on advisory committees and as resource persons, key speakers, panelists, moderators, discussion leaders, and authors. Following the demonstration program, the participating colleges shared their experiences in a series of eight two-day community forum workshops. Many workshop participants are currently preparing a new community forum program entitled "Energy and the Way We Live" for 1980. The energy forum, like many of its predecessors, will be complemented by a variety of media programs and related community events. (AYC)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Colleges, Cooperative Planning, Discussion, Educational Radio, Educational Television, Humanities Instruction, Institutional Cooperation, Library Cooperation, Models, Newspapers, Outreach Programs, Public Affairs Education, School Community Programs, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Community Forums; Newspaper Courses
Note: Background material for the National Assembly on "The State of the Humanities in Community Colleges" (November, 1979)