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MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellows' Showcase Event, Feb. 21, 2019 at Rockville Campus

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Category: Faculty Spotlight

Published: Feb 14 2019 12:00AM

The annual showcase presentations for the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship Program will be held on Thursday, Feb.21, 2019.

In December, a group of ten MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellows completed a year-long exploration of museum-based learning. These faculty, from a variety of disciplines and from across the college, will present their final projects during the Smithsonian Showcase on on Thursday, February 21. The event runs continuously from 2-5 p.m. in the Rockville Campus Science Center, Room 152.

Arrange your plans to allow you to join your colleagues as they share reports on the creative, integrative work they've done with Montgomery College students and Smithsonian museums this past year. The 2018 theme was, "We the People: America's Grand and Radical Experiment with Democracy." Fellows will relate how they developed new theme-based projects and assignments. This is a terrific opportunity to come and learn about the Fellowship. We promise the afternoon with be both fascinating and inspiring. Do join us!

Program Schedule:

2 p.m. Welcome and Introductions- Sara Bachman Ducey, Director, Paul Peck Humanities Institute and Collegewide Chair for Integrative Studies

2:15 p.m. Eddie Arana (World Languages, RV): Including and Accessing U.S. American Citizenry through Dual Cultural Identities in Heritage Speakers of Spanish

2:30 p.m. Raquele Licamele (English and Reading, RV) Practicing Democracy: Writing About Protest and Activism in U.S. American Society

2:45 p.m. David Sowards (English, GT) Democracy: Making an Argument for Rights

3 p.m. Rachel Bonaparte (Communications, RV) "We the People: The Shaping of a New Democracy"

3:15 p.m. David Lott (ELAP, TPSS) Democratic or Authoritarian? New Thematic Content for ELAR 980

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Brett Pelham (Psychology, GT) Learning about America's Grand Experiment with Democracy

4 p.m. Osmond Farrell (Communications, RV) Advancing Democracy Through Freedom of Speech

4:15 p.m. Monica Mellini (Engineering, GT) Democratizing Engineering through Identity Formation

4:30 p.m. Alejandro Leopardi (English, GT) Democracy, the Foreign Experience, and How We Are All Connected

4:45 p.m. Deb Solomon (Media Arts and Technology, RV) Project: Gaming and Democracy

This is an "open-house" style event -- you are welcome to enter or leave at the end of any presentation. MCTV will be there to videotape the presentations. Come join us for fun, potluck fare, and an intellectually satisfying experience!

If you have questions about the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship program or about this showcase event, please contact program coordinator, Professor Mimi Mann (English, Rockville) at

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Seated: Mimi Mann, SFF Coordinator, Eddy Arana, Sara Bachman Ducey, Director, PPHI and Chair of Integrative Studies, David Sowards, Alejandro Leopardi, Denise Dewhurst, SFF Co-coordinator

Standing: Brett Pelham, David Lott, Raquele Licamele, Monica Mellini, Rachel Bonaparte, Osmond Farrell and Absent: Deborah Solomon

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