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BRIDGING HISTORIAS through Latino History and Culture: An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project

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Bridging Historias is a faculty development program directed by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning in partnership with Queensborough Community College. The program addresses the increasingly influential body of scholarship on the importance of Latino/a culture in American history and is designed to expand the teaching of this topic across the humanities disciplines.

The two-year program began in the Fall 2013 at the City University of New York Graduate Center, with 42 selected community college faculty and administrators from the greater New York City region (NY, NJ, CT, and eastern PA). On May 8, 2015 a culminating conference showcased the work of the faculty participants as well as plenary and keynote presentations.

Bridging Historias was composed of five areas of activity:

1) a seminar series (held on Fridays) with guest lecturers to introduce participants to the scholarship of Latino/a history and culture as well as to document-based, active learning pedagogies (see list of participating scholars);
2) an online program to guide participants through content readings, discussions, and assignments;
3) a mentoring program to guide participants through the development of classroom modules;
4) an administrators’ program that parallels the seminars with administration-specific workshops;
5) a culminating conference that allows participating faculty and administrators to reflect on their work and present it to a broader public.

We invited applications in the form of teams of 2-3 faculty along with an administrator from community colleges. Faculty participants were required to attend six full-day seminars (held on Fridays) over two years, participate in online discussions and assignments, develop teaching modules, curriculum resources, or new courses, and participate in a culminating conference. Administrators were required to attend the October 2013 and April 2014 seminars and the May 2015 conference, but many participated in the full program. The conference featured the award-winning Latino Studies scholar Professor Vicki Ruiz.

For further information, contact:

Donna Thompson Ray, Project Co-Director
American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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