BRTC is one of eighteen community colleges nationwide selected from over seventy applicants from thirty states for the “Advancing the Humanities: A National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Project.” Announcement of the selection was made last week by David Berry, Executive Director of the Community College Humanities Association. The proposal was developed by a team of two BRTC faculty members in the Humanities, Dr. Derek Clements and Priscilla Stillwell, and one administrator, Dr. Jan Ziegler, VP for Development.
The eighteen colleges selected for the “Bridging Cultures” project will receive intensive guidance from exemplary humanities mentors as they strengthen the curricula and engage in robust faculty development and scholarship in the discipline of history, according to Dr. Berry. They will also attend two national conferences where they will meet and interact with scholars in their academic disciplines.
The project will also include publications and opportunities to disseminate the results of their project through presentations at other humanities conferences.
The proposal submitted by BRTC includes: developing a new module of REACH findings for use by BRTC faculty and for professional meetings around the state and nation; developing a customizable lesson plan packet to use for training area 7-12 teachers and for use in the state’s regional Educational Co-ops; and launching a BRTC History-oriented student organization.