Community College and the Future of the Humanities


Convened by LaGuardia Community College and The Graduate Center,
The City University of New York

October 18 and 19, 2018

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.


Regular registration is closed. We got such an overwhelming response from registrants that we no longer have space to accommodate late RSVPs to attend any of the break-out sessions. We also cannot guarantee that we will have sufficient print materials for late RSVPs.

However, all are welcome to attend the Plenary Sessions in the Main Auditorium at the Graduate Center and the Main Stage at LaGuardia Community College. If you plan to attend the plenary sessions, you still must late RSVP using the link below.

If you are trying to late RSVP the night before or during the event, please visit the Registration table during the event to see if there is room available.

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About the Conference

This conference will provide an opportunity to explore how the humanities are taught in community colleges and how the humanities affects the daily lives and career choices of the “new majority” students enrolled in community colleges. The conference will demonstrate the critical importance of community colleges in the landscape of higher education, and examine the human, structural, and institutional barriers faced by contemporary community college students and faculty.

We will further explore the possible connections between graduate education and community college teaching. Given that more than 50% of undergraduate students attend community colleges, doctoral students stand to benefit from preparation for careers at community colleges and other teaching-intensive institutions. The CUNY Humanities Alliance and other similarly-focused programs supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation serve as case studies of innovative partnerships between research institutions and community colleges committed to providing the next generation of scholars and educators with a grounded understanding of the theory and practice of student-centered pedagogies.

The conference will include keynote addresses and interactive workshops in which participants will learn and share their experiences with, approaches to, and ideas about the following topics:

  • Innovative Pedagogies: Community College Pedagogy and Curricula in the Humanities
  • Transfer and Continuity: Pathways between Community and Four-year Colleges
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Learning and Life Circumstances of the “New Majority” College Student
  • Value of Humanities: examining, articulating, and affirming humanities education in the lives and careers of students, and for the broader public
  • Research and Professional Pathways: Connecting interests, research, teaching, and professional development

About the CUNY Humanities Alliance

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) created the CUNY Humanities Alliance, an ambitious new partnership dedicated to training Ph.D. students in the most successful methods for teaching humanities courses in some of the country’s most diverse undergraduate classrooms, while simultaneously broadening and strengthening access to and engagement in the humanities for community college students. Graduate Center doctoral students train with LaGuardia Community College master faculty and receive robust professional development from faculty and administrators at both institutions, before implementing their newly-acquired skills to teach their own classes at LaGuardia. The LaGuardia students in our humanities courses and LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars program are given new opportunities and enrichment activities to improve their understanding of the humanities and the pathways that lead to completion of their degrees. For more information about the CUNY Humanities Alliance, visit