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The Global Humanities Institute brings to the College community a series of events to enrich students’ awareness of the role study of the global humanities plays in educational, professional, and professional lives.

We also offer expert speakers events and MC faculty presentations and workshops for an increased globalization of the Montgomery College culture.

GHI Event stage

All programs and offerings by the Global Humanities Institute are free and open to the public.

Montgomery College faculty, students, staff and administrators will benefit from a series of events featuring renowned experts in international education, the humanities, and global studies. These events will take place each semester and will be announced as they are scheduled. Check this website for details on the most current event announcements.

The Global Humanities Institute invites the participation of area scholars and students, as well as community members, in its programs and event offerings. For more information, contact Professor Cinder Barnes, Director, at 240-567-3881.

All programs and offerings by the Global Humanities Institute are free and open to the public.

  • Professor Robert L. Giron’s  Vision Statement 

After 32 years at the College as a full-time faculty member, coordinator of events, and department chair, Professor Giron knew that his home campus of Takoma Park/Silver Spring has had lectures before; however, there did not exist a permanent series or endowment/commitment to make lectures on his home campus an annual event, preferably once every semester, as funds allow.

His intent with the lecture series is to reach as many students and faculty as possible. As a poet/writer/teacher/editor/photographer, Professor Giron envisions lectures that touch on all the disciplines as they related to the humanities. These include art, literature (fiction, poetry), music, theatre, dance if there is a positive message or outcome of the work, linguistics (languages), history, politics, etc.

These lectures opens the possibilities of engendering in all MC employees the realization that faculty hold a special place in education as evident by the speakers chosen to speak in the series. By calling on faculty of local institutions to share their views via lectures on various topics, attendees can ascertain indirectly that different faculty have different perspectives or insights. Today, this is even more crucial as voices can be simply brushes aside. Self-awareness and discovery also include respecting the positions / opinions of faculty and other employees at any college.

Professor Giron envisions the Endowment tapping the innumerable number of speakers and countless resources the Metro DC area offers us all. Many in this region need not travel across the county or be housed in expensive hotels to lecture.  In fact, many local poets/writers/artists/professors/professionals would be pleased to speak for an honorarium between $150.00-$500.00, with allowances for local taxis to avoid issues with parking, etc.

  • Spring 2020 

On April 15, 2020 The Robert L. Giron Lecture series presented award-winning author and speaker Sergio Troncoso (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  (recording). Troncoso’s most recent book, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Sonnew window, is a collection of linked short stories about immigrants finding their home beyond the U.S. - Mexican border.

Branches from the Same Tree: Integrating the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Seventh Annual Humanities Days @ Montgomery College

October 21-25, 2019

Branches from the Same Tree: Integrating the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is the theme for the 2019 Humanities Days at Montgomery College.  This theme, drawn from a report by the National Academies of Science, Technology and Medicine, guides our offerings. 
This year we have more than 50 events to offer participants across our three campuses, as well as at our Central Services in Rockville and Workforce Development Continuing Education site in Wheaton.  Many of our events offer interdisciplinary and integrative perspectives.  There is something for everyone! All of the events are free and open to the community on a space available basis.  Many are eligible for multicultural/diversity credits; faculty and staff should sign the attendance sheets at the events.
Faculty:  Share the calendars with your students.  Consider offering extra credit for participation, and if you wish to bring an entire class, do reach to the event contact person to assure that the room can accommodate them.

Humanities Days (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, arts, and Math. The STEaM Events at Montgomery College are designed to explore the intersection of STEM fields with the humanities through different topics.

Past STEAM Events

Exploring the Intersections of Global Humanities and STEM in Social Media; Friday, March 29, 2019, Germantown Campus.  The theme of the 5th annual STEAM roundtables is Social Media. Faculty from STEM and Humanities are invited to submit proposals for table topics now.  STEAM features eight roundtables, each led by a faculty pair – one STEM and one Humanities.  What aspect of the history, impact, or future of SOCIAL MEDIA do you want to explore with a group of colleagues and students?  How can this discussion enhance teaching and learning at MC and build our global competence?

*Steam Chat is a component of the popular global gaming platform called “Steam” which is owned by the Valve Corporation ( 

STEAM Engine 2018: Exploring the Intersection between Global Humanities and STEM through Energy, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Bioscience Education Center (BE 151), Germantown Campus

The annual STEAM event enabled a much-needed collaboration between STEM fields and the Humanities. This interdisciplinary event addressed the need for this collaboration for the benefit of a substantive and deep student learning by focusing on a complex issue of global importance. The two-hour event opened with a welcome from Margaret Latimer, Provost and Vice President of the campus, and Sanjay Rai, Vice President for Academic Affairs, both of whom appreciate the need for this collaboration for the benefit of student learning and a more purposeful program of study as outlined in the College's newly revised General Education program.  Round table discussion were led by faculty from STEM and Humanities and Arts disciplines who shared their own experience, posed questions, and shared resources. 

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Sanjay Rai and Provost Margaret Latimer
  • Displays of student collaborative art project on “The Supermarket,” focused on products, buildings, and energy--with Alice Gadzinski, MC Resident Artist
  • Excellent classroom resources provided by the Pulitzer Center, and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities 
  • Participation by the STEM Education Student Club
  • Hosting STEAM colleagues from NOVA 
  • Q & A and open discussion, refreshments, and time to network with colleagues

Table Topics and Discussion Leaders

Table 1: Appalachian Coal: Alan Cutler (Geology) and Megan Van Wagoner (Art)

Table 2: Peak Fuels and Associated Transitions throughout History: John Quah (Atmospheric and Oceanic Science) and Ethan Sribnick (History)

Table 3: Energy Use in Advanced and Emerging Economies, An Ethical Inquiry: Alison Rose (Mathematics) and Patricia Ruppert (Philosophy)

Table 4: Different Forms of Energy: Nevart Tahmazian (Chemistry) and Dan Santore (Sociology)

Table 5: The Relationship between Energy, Economics and Quality of Life: Antonio Rafael Chavez (Biology) and Alex Moyer (Philosophy)

Table 6: Too Many Choices!: Choosing the Right Energy Strategy to Deal with Climate Change: Diane McDaniel (Geology and Physical Sciences) and Art Grinath (Economics)

Table 7: Clean Energy: The Rhetoric and the Reality: Gillian Backus (Biology) and Robyn Russo (English) Northern Virginia Community College

Table 8: Green Colleges: J. Michael Whitcomb (MC Green) and Rob Johnson (Director of Sustainability at Northern Virginia Community College)

2017 STEAMed: Exploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM through Water; Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Bioscience Education Center (BE151), Germantown Campus

STEM and Humanities faculty were invited to have a collaborative discussion on a topic of global concern and to generate ideas for teaching. The focus was on the urgently important issue of water. The event featured:

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Sanjay Rai and Provost Margaret Latimer
  • Displays of student art based on the theme of water
  • Excellent classroom resources provided by the Pulitzer Center, and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities 
  • Participation by the STEM Education Student Club
  • Hosting STEAM colleagues from NOVA
  • Refreshments and time to network with colleagues.


 2015 STEAMed Rice: Exploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM through Food

The Global Humanities Institute (GHI) recognizes the contributions of individuals whose work promotes an appreciation of the humanities and their importance to higher education and/or community engagement. These individuals, whatever their positions or areas of expertise, have made an impact on the appreciation and enhancement of the study of cultures, languages, literature, religions, and philosophies. They remind us of the importance of humanistic studies to our own culture and to our society.

The GHI Humanities Leadership Award is given in October, at the end of the Humanities Days celebration.

Call for Nominations

This call for nominations is for the Global Humanities Institute at Montgomery College Leadership Award. The award's purpose is to recognize outstanding achievement in humanities teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. It celebrates an individual who helps students and communities better understand the important of the humanities in knowing our world today, and recognizes someone whose support for global perspectives in the humanities is exemplary.

Eligibility and Process

The GHI Humanities Leadership Award is open to scholars, teachers, activists, philanthropists and others whose work furthers the depth, breadth, and reach of the humanities on a global level. Nominations will be evaluated by the GHI's internal advisory boards and steering committee. The awardee will be contacted in the third week of September.

Awardee Recognition

One awardee will be recognized at the M.C. Humanities Days Capstone Event each fall and will be asked to make remarks of ten minutes in duration. A video featuring an interview with the awardee will be published via YouTube and will be available for open sharing. Information about the awardee will be posted on the GHI webpages, the M.C. Web site, and in press releases to relevant professional associations and newsletters.

Amy Gumaer photo
Carol Moore, Amy Gumaer and Marcia Bronstein

Dr. Amy Gumaer Receives the 2017 GHI Humanities Leadership Award

Dr. Amy A. Gumaer is a manager of grants and sponsored programs in Montgomery College’s Office of Advancement and Community Engagement. She has led efforts to secure two prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which have provided essential funding for the College’s Global Humanities program. She received the Outstanding Change Agent Award of Excellence for Postsecondary Education by the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Career and College Readiness for her work convening a statewide group of college administrators and institutional researchers. Prior to her work in grants, she was Associate Dean and Acting Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the TP/SS Campus. Before coming to Montgomery College, Dr. Gumaer was Director of the International Language Lab, Director of International Education, and Associate Professor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. Dr. Gumaer has a B.A. in German (cum laude) from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.A. in Education (to teach German) from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She completed an interdisciplinary Doctor of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies and was awarded the University at Albany’s Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Professor Joan Naake Receives the 2015 GHI Humanities Leadership Award

The Global Humanities Institute and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute are pleased to announce this year's Humanities Leadership Award, Professor Joan Naake. Professor Naake has held every service position at the department and discipline levels, and serves the College community as coordinator of the Athenaeum Lecture Series.  A celebration and presentation of the award was held on April 17, 2015.

Dr. Lenneal Henderson Receives the 2013 GHI Humanities Leadership Award

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Dr. Lenneal Henderson was recognized for his outstanding work in bringing a humanistic methodology to his work in public administration and International relations. Presenting the award were Dr. Rita Kranidis, Director of the Global Humanities Institute, and Dr. Donald Pearl Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Henderson is a model for how disciplines outside the humanities proper can employ a humanistic approach to addressing national and world problems, and thus closely matches the GHI’s mission to promote learning about the global issues as they impact human lives. “Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Henderson has been exemplary in making the crucial connections between political systems and the people who are affected them,” said Dr. Kranidis. “He asks the difficult questions about impacts on people’s lives, rejecting the models of disembodied and disengaged scholarship; he closes the loop of inquiry by inserting the human element that is often missing.” These attributes are evident in Dr. Henderson’s scholarship and national and international service.

Dr. Lenneal Henderson is currently Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration and Senior Fellow at the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy and a Senior Fellow in the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, where he was formerly a Henry C. Welcome Fellow.  His publications include the highly influential Black Political Life in the United States, and Administrative Advocacy: Black Administrators in Urban Bureaucracies, The New Black Politics: The Search for Political Power (Edited with Michael Preston and Paul Puryear), Public Administration and Public Policy: A Minority Perspective (with Lawrence Howard and Deryl Hunt) and, most recently, Dimensions of Learning: Education for Life (with Bernice D. Johnson, Debra Parker and Magnoria Lunsford). He has been awarded fellowships by: the Kellogg National Fellowship, Ford Foundation, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship for the Council on the International Exchange of Scholars, the U.S. Department of State, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Henderson’s professional career has included distinguished work both within and beyond academia. He is the incoming chairperson of the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council and serves on the boards of LifeNet Health, Inc. in Virginia Beach, and the Environmental Action Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Baltimore Urban League, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and is a founding board member of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Henderson has won numerous awards and recognitions. Since 2000, they include his election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (2005), the University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Public Service (2006), the President’s Faculty Award at the University of Baltimore (2006) and the “Unsung Hero Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals nominated by the Maryland Humanities Council (2012)