ERIC Number: ED427828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Exploring America's Communities: In Quest of Common Ground. A National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity Project.
Eisenberg, Diane U.; Labib, Nadya
This monograph documents the work of 41 participating community colleges in Exploring America's Communities (EAC): In Quest of Common Ground, a project stimulating a national conversation about American pluralism and identity, addressing such issues as what it means to be American, what brings us together and what divides us. Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1995 and coordinated by the American Association of Community Colleges, the two-year project consisted of: (1) a teleconference introducing EAC telecast to 500 communities; (2) two regional conferences attended by representatives from 41 community colleges; (3) mentoring services to help these colleges implement and refine their projects; (4) resources, including NEH's Conversation Kit and newsletter; and (5) a national conference reconvening the 41 participating colleges to share results of the project's implementation. This document provides reports from each of the 41 participating community colleges on their experience with the EAC project, including a background description of the college, a plan for achieving EAC goals, and accomplishments in meeting those goals. The majority of the colleges named one or more of the following as barriers to American relations: race, ethnicity, religion (which can unite as well as divide), socioeconomic status, prejudices, neighborhoods, failure to communicate effectively, language, age, gender, and individualism. Paradoxically, and almost without exception, the participating colleges found that the ties that bind Americans together are our beliefs in and commitments to freedom and individualism, as well as common holidays, laws, government, sports, pop culture, political parties, concern for children, and food. Appendices include lists of participating colleges and project mentors, and six selected resources. (AS)
Descriptors: American Dream, American Studies, Community Colleges, Cultural Context, Cultural Pluralism, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Individualism, Racial Relations, Social Values, Socioeconomic Status, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, D.C., 20036-1176; Tel: 202-728-0200; Fax: 202-833-2467; Web site: http://www.aacc.nche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.