ERIC Number: ED403938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Hagerstown Junior College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Hagerstown Junior Coll., MD.
In 1996, Hagerstown Junior College (Maryland) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. The primary goals of the action plan were to create a series of faculty development activities to provide the background and foundation for infusing the curriculum with common threads that bind diverse communities within the American experience. Two colloquia, one discussing the Mennonite, Pennsylvania Dutch, and African American communities, and one discussing the Indian, Iranian, and Greek communities, were held. Three "lunch and learn" activities exploring different facets of culture were conducted. The first panel featured a Native American student, a Ukrainian student, and an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. The second featured an Episcopal priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a Hindu articulating the commonalties and divisions that religion can bring to cultures. The third was a musical presentation by an Irish American and an Iranian American which showed that music is not simply a form of entertainment, but reflects and molds society's values. The basic obstacle for the program was a lack of financial support due to diminishing resources and increased demands on staff. Ideas for infusing unity, diversity, justice, family values, social priorities, and discrimination into the curriculum will advance in January. (HAA)
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: Hagerstown Junior Coll., MD.