Middlesex Community College has a number of on-going Global programs and initiatives that benefit the college and the community.


Preserving Cambodian Classical Music Grant

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation of Lowell, MA has funded a pilot project that will enable the preservation and continuation of Cambodian classical music heritage. The goals Angkor Watare: (1) build the capacity of the Lowell Public Schools to instruct students in traditional Cambodian classical music through providing professional development to 20 K-12 music faculty and purchasing instruments required for performing the classical music; (2) support live performances of Cambodian classical music through training three local Cambodian folk musicians who will then be able to perform classical Cambodian music at celebrations, provide private instruction, and support performances by the Angkor Dance Company, a well-established and highly valued ensemble dedicated to preserving the Cambodian classical dance tradition; and (3) Introduce Cambodian classical music to middle and high school students and greater Lowell residents through an MCC Music Outreach Workshop and Concert Performance.


Title VI UISFL Residential Workshop on Chinese Culture

Middlesex is completing its report of a 3-year project funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant. This project aims at developing a model for “fast-tracking” the integratefaculty listensd development of Chinese language and area studies programs at undergraduate-serving colleges and universities.  

Partner institutions in the project are: Johnson County Community College (KS); Middlesex Community College (MA); Portland Community College (OR); University of North Carolina, Asheville; University of Texas, El Paso; and Mercer University (GA).

The primary outcome of the project will be the development of a Chinese studies certificate/option (for community colleges) or minor degree program (for state universities) on each of the collaborating campuses, organized around three interdisciplinary core courses (Humanities, History, and Social Science ) in Chinese studies, including improved Chinese language instruction.


NEH Thinking Through Cultural Diversity:  Bridging Cultural Differences in Asian Traditions     

ASDP has been awarded a 3-year grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges initiative. The focus is toKathy Foley assist 45 faculty members at 15 community colleges (organized in 5 different geographic clusters on the US mainland) to develop courses, programs and outreach activities related to cultural diversity in Asia, with a primary focus on China and Southeast Asia. The project includes a 10-day Summer Symposium, Distinguished Lecture with Kathy Foley (see right), mentoring visits, a series of 2-day workshops in 2013, an online research conference and a final lessons-learned conference (this Nov.).  Middlesex is leader of a cluster that includes Bristol and Quinsigamond Community Colleges. 

Deliverables include East Asia and South East Asia Certificates, new courses, 2-4 week modules, film series, multiple campus events, common book forums, Faculty/Student/Community Outreach, and an e-portfolio blog for discussion and RLO resources.

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Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic

The goal of the Middlesex Community College (MCC) project"s Found in Translation: Humanities Education Developing Cultural Translators’ Democratic Commitment is to create learning experiences through humanities content that will educate our diverse students to be people who can effectively function at the intersections of cultures and communities. MCC seeks to empower students to manage successfully their responsibilities as “translators” between communities and cultures. We intend to raise students’ awareness of the varying cultural and community contexts within which democratic dialogue can occur and support them in becoming effective change agents within their own spheres of influence. Doing this within the context of the humanities will also enable our students to connect this important work on the local level to their roles as citizens in a complex multicultural democracy and a globally interdependent world. Themes supported by the MCC project are:

  • Giving voice to difference
  • Immigration, Nationalism and E Pluribus Unum?
  • Struggles for democratic voice
  • Power and opportunity
  • Identity, difference, and forming a public “We”

Extensive professional development will be provided to our own faculty, faculty from our regional partners - North Shore Community and Northern Essex Community College, and other community colleges from across the state. A minimum of 35 full-time and 50 part-time faculty from MCC and other colleges will participate in the project.

Professional development deliverables will include institutes, workshops, development of a resource database that includes tool kits, and ongoing feedback and assistance with developing, implementing and assessing curricular and co-curricular programs.

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Institute on Infusing East Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum

This 24 year flagship ASDP three week program on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individual teachers and institutional teams from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The Institute takes a faculty-development approach to enhancing teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies through lectures, discussions, films screenings and site visits in a seminar-like environment of shared inquiry. The 2014 Institute focused on China and Japan. The first half of the program featured presentations and discussions on Chinese and Japanese religious and philosophical traditions; art; literature; and historical dynamics through the beginning of 20th century. The program also covers the social, cultural, economic and political dynamics from the early 20th century to the present.

Deliverables for MCC faculty included 2-4 week course modules and participation in Asian Studies events on campus.


LUCE Grant   The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies (ARCAS) Faculty Enhancement Program’s  “The Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia”   

The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies with the generous support of the Luce Foundation, will sponsor two 5-week highly focused faculty research development study field study experiences culminating in a publication on the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia.  The Chinese Diaspormasksa in Southeast Asia project will consist of two groups of six (6) faculty and two (2) Co-Directors each, selected to create a balance of disciplinary interests and types of colleges served.  One group (summer 2012) will be focused on the Chinese diaspora in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (MSI region).  The other will concentrate on Vietnam, Laos and Thailand (VLT region).At the beginning and end of the field study, selected faculty will have an orientation/debrief at the University of Hawaii’s National Resource Center on Southeast Asian Studies.

Deliverables include: Enhancement of Asian Studies programs at the widely-diverse ARCAS institutions, identification and examination of the rich permutations of human cultural interactions which have played out in cultures in ways ranging from tension and conflict, to the creation of viable, cohesive, and community-building strategies, by focusing on one diasporic community in several different societies, and sharing the findings of the research in previous objectives with faculties, scholars, and those interested in global interactions at ARCAS member institutions and other communities of concerned scholars and teachers of Asia.




Last Modified: 10/4/14