ERIC Number: ED403928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Black River Technical College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Black River Vocational-Technical School, Pocahontas, AR.
In 1996, Arkansas's Black River Technical College (BRTC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which worked to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. The proposed centerpiece of BRTC's program is called the "The Century Wall," a large mural which is to depict the faces of 100 Americans who, with their diverse racial, religious, and ethnic identities, have made a difference in shaping the 20th century. The project includes a student researched and written booklet which contains a keyed schema and short biographies of the 100 individuals. Community interest, including generous coverage in a regional newspaper, has been remarkably keen. Letter surveys were sent to colleagues at Arkansas State University, as well as to local organizations and schools in order to get suggestions for people to include in the mural. In the summer, prospective muralists were contacted and infusion activities for the fall were planned. In the fall, English teachers required readings of multicultural novels. Food Science students were assigned four multicultural short stories which focused on food. Government students had a focused study on the role of the media in shaping out perceptions of ethnic groups in America. Other students were involved in gathering continued community input. The project faced some delays as a result of the high levels of community interest. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Art Activities, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Studies, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Two Year Colleges, United States History, United States Literature
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Black River Vocational-Technical School, Pocahontas, AR.