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Members of the Global Humanities Work Group have put together a list of resources on language learning, the humanities, globalization, globalizing the curriculum, course design, and diversity. In addition, there are links to YouTube videos and Ted Talks about ethics and culture.


MANGO Languages

MANGO Languages is a self-paced, web-based program that "provides a quick introduction to a language and culture through the acquisition of conversational skills.” MC and the Global Humanities Institute are happy to make this resource available to all students, faculty, staff and administrators thanks to funding from a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We invite you to discover and utilize MANGO to brush up on your travel languages, for personal enrichment, or for professional opportunities. The best part is that it is user-friendly and can be accessed from any place at any time. Enjoy!

Some features of MANGO:

  • Over 40 foreign languages to explore (including Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian)
  • Over 15 English as a Second Language courses taught in the patron’s native language
  • Religious and Scholarly: Language Collection courses feature passages from ancient texts
  • 24/7 access, including remote access FREE mobile apps for IOS and Android devices and smart phones
  • Free webinars availablenew window

Have You Had MANGO today? (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

Faculty Feedback

"This is great! I want to brush up my Italian before this summer, when I’m travelling to a meeting there, as well as my Japanese before I head there!"

"I’ve been using Mango to learn Japanese. I will be visiting Japan this summer and this program is just what I needed. It’s easy to use, informative (gives cultural information), and is quite extensive in its language offerings. I plan to learn other languages in the future. Thanks for making this software available."

Global Humanities 

Applied Humanities

Components of Culture
Cultural Bias in Textbooks 
Student Diversity 
  • “Capitalizing on Student Diversity to Promote Deeper Learning and Greater Appreciation of Individual Differences: Research-based Teaching Strategies for College Faculty”   
Global Competencies
Readings about course design
Readings about active learning
  • Adams, William D, NEH Chairman. Video. “The Common Good: The NEH at 50.” University of Delaware, September 7, 2016.  
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, “Global Learning.”  
  • Cisneros, Sandra. House on Mango Street. Vintage, 1991. [chapter will be made available]  
  • Paul, Richard and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools.   Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2009. 
  • Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. [1983] Dial Press, 2004.
  • Said, Edward. Orientalism. Vintage Books, 1979.
  • Steger, Manfred. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • What Are the Humanities? (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
  • “What Is Globalization?”
Videos and Lectures
TED Talks About Culture 

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures: Deals with cultural universals and differences, extinction of traditional cultures and diversity, language loss and corresponding world view. 

East vs. West—the myths that mystify: Using mythology to understand the world views of Eastern and Western cultures.

Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education: Bennington president on the goals of a multidisciplinary, ethical, and action-based liberal arts curriculum

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Library Guides

Library Guides (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)


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National Endowment for the Humanities

The Global Humanities Institute is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. When you make a tax-deductible gift to the College’s Global Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will provide 50% matching funds.