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Humanities

Humanities Learning Center

The Humanities Learning Center (HLC) is a group of dedicated faculty working alongside administrative, support staff, and community partners whose mission is to bring the relevance and vitality of the humanities to the Great Lakes Bay Region. This group is coordinated by Dr. Amy French, Assistant Professor of History. For more information, contact amyfrench@delta.edu or (989) 686-9132.

Who do you think you are? The humanities may be best described as the study of the human experience. Through exploration of history, philosophy, literature, film/theater, religion, art, music, languages, politics, and law, we are offered a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. Knowledge of the human experience inspires us by allowing us to connect to the greatest minds and talents of the ages. So go ahead—know thyself—and open up a world of inspiration and wonder.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, @DeltaHumanities. 

Thank you for your support!  Check out our beautifully designed 2014-15 Annual Report!

Our Fall 2015 Brown Bag Series:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:30-3:30pm, N012 (off the Commons): Is Political Comedy an Agent of Political Equalization, Professor Lisa Lawrason (Political Science)
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2:10-3:30pm, N007 (off the Commons): Meditation and Prayer: An Exploration of Spiritual Experience, Dr. Jeffrey Dykhuizen (Psychology)

HLC Fellows for 2014-2015

We are proud to recognize the following individuals who have been named as HLC Fellows for their service to the Humanities Learning Center. Thank you!

  • Wendy Baker (Biology professor)
  • Christine Coleman (Languages professor)
  • Chey Davis (English professor)
  • Maureen Donegan (Psychology professor)
  • Laura Dull (History professor)
  • Amy French (History professor)
  • Michael Glowacki (Art/Design professor)
  • Trish Harris (English professor)
  • Heidi Helgren (Management professor)
  • Joseph Lewis (English professor)
  • Robert Moore (Political Science professor)
  • Linda Petee (Sustainability Coordinator)
  • Ryan Petersen (Political Science professor)
  • Lauren Smith (English professor)

Who Are We?

The following were Humanities Learning Center

Fellows, those who conducted or assisted in

delivering the variety of HLC programs:

• Loyce Brown, Center for Organizational Success

• Chey Davis, English

• Darci Doll, Philosophy

• Maureen Donegan, Philosophy

• Jeff Dykhuizen, Philosophy

• Amy French, History

• Nolen Gertz, Philosophy

• James Gleason, Broadcasting

• Michael Glowacki, Graphic Design

• Susan Harvey, Philosophy

• Linda Petee, Sustainability

• Ryan Petersen, Political Science

• Jeff Sorrels, Communications

• Crystal Starkey, English

• Jeff VandeZande, English

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We advocate for the value of the humanities through partnerships with local public schools, monthly Brown Bag talks on Humanities topics, Humanities-themed book groups, Humanities-themed speakers.

HUMANITIES RE PORT

LEARNING

CENTER

2014

WHAT is the HUMANITIES LEARNING CENTER?

The Humanities Learning Center (HLC) is a

group of dedicated faculty working alongside

administrative, support staff, and community

partners whose mission is to bring the relevance

and vitality of the humanities to the

Great Lakes Bay Region.

THIS GROUP IS COORDINATED BY

Dr. Laura Dull, Associate Professor of History.

For more information, contact

lauradull@delta.edu.

FOLLOW US ON

Facebook, or Twitter, @DeltaHumanities

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MONTHLY BROWN BAG TALKS

by DELTA COLLEGE FACULTY And STAFF

A SELECTION OF THIS YEAR’S TOPICS:

• Zombies in Society

• Harnessing the Numinous Experience:

The Application of Awe in Our Everyday Lives

• Two “Cellar Dwellars” Talk About the Making of the Film.

• What’s Wrong with (How We Think About) Torture?

• The Attempted Impeachment of Louis F. Post

• The Power to Protect Themselves: Michigan Workers’

Attempts for Protective Labor Legislation

Instructor of Philosophy Darci Doll leading her brown

bag discussion Zombies in Society.

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Midland Public Schools Middle Schools

8th Grade History Collaboration

• Battle and Banners of the War of 1812

• Partying for Peace in Vienna: Napoleon, Europe,

and the Peace Puzzle

Ruben Daniels Middle School

Spring After School Program: Food Revolution

• Ethics of Food

• Food for Thought: Family Recipes and Oral History

• Global Food: Facts and Test Kitchen

• Community Gardening

Outreach to

Local Schools

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Great College Read

(with Center for Organizational Success)

• Online and face-to-face book discussion opportunities

• History of Mental Illness Presentation and Discussion

• Family History Workshops

• Holocaust Memorial Center Learning Experience

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This year the Humanities Learning Center, with financial

support from the Special Project Committee, participated

in the national humanities advocacy day movement.

This day seeks to communicate the value of humanities

research, programming, and education at the local, state,

and national levels. Our celebration of Humanities

Advocacy Day included three components. The first was

a display of humanities projects at Delta College as well

as national projects, funded by the National Endowment

for the Humanities, the products of which, such as websites,

television programs, and films are available to the

public. Second, in partnership with Democracy in Motion,

a moving wall that asks the community to engage with

political questions, we asked the Delta community a series

of questions about the humanities before and after our

event to engage their interest and assess our effectiveness.

Last, we created a large interactive display designed by

a Delta College graphic design student, Bronte Rammal.

This display included buttons bearing key words that

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define the humanities. These key words were drawn from a survey

given to students in a variety of humanities courses during winter

semester. Members of the Delta community were invited to take

the button that best matched their passion for the humanities.

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Consists of faculty members from

a variety of disciplines:

• Darci Doll, Philosophy

• Amy French, History

• Nolen Gertz, Philosophy

• Adna Howell, Communications

• Kim Klein, Political Science

• Ryan Petersen, Political Science

• David Peruski, Interim Dean of Teaching and Learning

• Karen Randolph, English

• Kirk Wolf, Philosophy

THE Advisory

Board

Who Are We?

The following were Humanities Learning Center

Fellows, those who conducted or assisted in

delivering the variety of HLC programs:

• Loyce Brown, Center for Organizational Success

• Chey Davis, English

• Darci Doll, Philosophy

• Maureen Donegan, Philosophy

• Jeff Dykhuizen, Philosophy

• Amy French, History

• Nolen Gertz, Philosophy

• James Gleason, Broadcasting

• Michael Glowacki, Graphic Design

• Susan Harvey, Philosophy

• Linda Petee, Sustainability

• Ryan Petersen, Political Science

• Jeff Sorrels, Communications

• Crystal Starkey, English

• Jeff VandeZande, English

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Previous Speakers and Events:

Winter 2015 Book Circle for Women's History Month

We read Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn Atwood. Conversations were intriguing and thought-provoking as we marveled at the heroism of these women.

Winter 2014 Great College/Great Michigan Read, Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

We celebrated with a book group that included Delta College employees and community members who met for face-to-face discussions and workshops, as well as a learning experience at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Rochester Hills, MI.

Our 2013 Speaker:  Bestselling author, Ted Conover, "If This Road Could Talk: Stories from The Routes of Man."  April 3, 2013.

Ted Conover, award-winning author and NYU professor,spoke about his book, The Routes of Man, which explores the ways roads connect peoples and cultures. This event was made possible by financial support from the Humanities Learning Center, the Global Awareness Program, Special Projects Committee,and the Library Learning Information Center.

HLC Learning Community Courses

Many students ask, why do I have to take this humanities course?  I'm studying to .....be an accountant, a nurse, a welder, etc.  The HLC Learning Community Courses are designed with you as the focus--to demonstrate to you how the humanities support your success as a student, an employee, a citizen, and a human being.  They are taught by dynamic and innovative faculty members passionate about communicating the relevance of their disciplines.  We have selected courses that transfer to most institutions and help you complete the MACRAO agreement (see below).

Watch for our 2014-15 course selections.  

HLC Learning Community Courses

Many students ask, why do I have to take this humanities course?  I'm studying to .....be an accountant, a nurse, a welder, etc.  The HLC Learning Community Courses are designed with you as the focus--to demonstrate to you how the humanities support your success as a student, an employee, a citizen, and a human being.  They are taught by dynamic and innovative faculty members passionate about communicating the relevance of their disciplines.  We have selected courses that transfer to most institutions and help you complete the MACRAO agreement (see below).

Watch for our 2014-15 course selections.  


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