Mount Awarded NEH Grant to Internationalize Studies
Jan. 13, 2012 -- Mount St. Mary’s College has been awarded a two-year $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to bring a more international focus to studies across eight majors.
The project “Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies” will launch in July 2012 to integrate international cultures into undergraduate and graduate coursework. A key component of the grant includes a series of six public, scholarly lectures exploring Chinese history, poetry, art and literature planned at the Mount beginning in September 2012.
The project ties humanities courses into the Mount’s professional schools of nursing, physical therapy, education and business. Its focus is on China to enlighten students on that country’s rapidly growing influence on global politics, economics and culture. The grant emphasizes history, philosophy, literature and the arts from a woman’s perspective in concert with the Mount’s focus as an institution primarily for women.
“Ultimately, we see this project as a model that can bring greater depth to our teaching of international cultures,” says Montserrat Reguant, professor and chair of the department of language and culture who will co-direct the grant with Julie Feldman-Abe, who directs the Mount’s elementary education program and its Center for Cultural Fluency.
Specifically, eight full-time faculty members will create or modify 15 courses; develop the Mount’s cultural studies minor into a major; deepen the College’s ongoing relationship with China’s Nanjing University; and expand the Center for Cultural Fluency as a resource for teaching and learning. The departments involved include language and culture, education, history, English, philosophy, business administration, nursing and physical therapy.
A seven-day faculty trip to China will take place in March 2013 to examine Chinese culture with guidance from scholars based in Nanjing – an experience designed to fully immerse the faculty in Chinese culture.
The Mount has co-sponsored the Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program since 2004, where visiting scholars from Nanjing University stay in Los Angeles for several weeks and share their experiences with American students.