Announcing Community College and the Future of the Humanities, Oct 18-19, NYC

Mark your calendars now for “Community College and the Future of the Humanities,” a FREE two-day conference hosted by the CUNY Humanities Alliance on October 18-19, 2019! Full details are below.

October 18 and 19, 2018

A national conference convened by the CUNY Humanities Alliance
at The Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

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Community colleges are redefining the importance and centrality of the humanities to the lives of the “new majority” of students, both during their academic careers and after graduation. To explore and celebrate the role of humanities within community colleges and across the broader landscape of higher education, the CUNY Humanities Alliance is hosting a special conference for college students, graduate students, faculty, and administrators. This interactive, participation-focused conference will feature a wide diversity of voices, perspectives and positions, with a focus on students, faculty and staff with direct experience in community colleges.

Schedule Released!

We are thrilled to announce that the preliminary schedule for the conference is now available! Please note that some individual session times may be changed between now and October – both to accommodate presenters’ requests and based on room sizes needed.

The schedule includes keynotes from Dr. Lourdes Follins (Thursday morning) and Saeed Jones (Friday evening), as well as a special performance by the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and dedicated hour to feature community college student work. More information coming soon!

Interactive Session Format

We all know that active pedagogy makes a difference. A unique feature of this conference is our intention to transform each and every session from a “talking heads” panel format to be, instead, an intense working group where presenters share ideas together with one another, and with participants. All sessions will be one hour long, and we have sought to curate and encourage creative, participatory formats where at least half of that time is engaging the participants in some form of interactive activity.

Many sessions will be targeted to a dozen or so participants who have most to say and learn on the topic at hand.  We mean to go well beyond the usual “papers and then Q and A” format to sessions where participants can actually work through the topic together or use active learning methods to collectively create next steps, takeaways, models, or other practical implementation ideas for participants to take back to their home institutions.

Register by September 18, 2018!

Registration is required, and is FREE for all attendees. Please register before September 18, 2018, so that we will have an accurate count for materials and food.

If you are an instructor and would like to bring your class to one of the conference sessions, there is also an option to register your whole group. If you do so, please email and tell us what session you plan to bring your course to, and how many students you have. That way, we can make sure the session is in a large enough room to accommodate your class.

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The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309