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Hudson Valley Community College History Faculty Member Mary Ann Borden Selected for Summer Symposia

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mary Ann Borden, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend two of six summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Borden will participate in the following workshops: “Progress and Poverty: The Gilded Age in American Politics and Literature, 1877-1901,” a one-week program to be held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and “Cleveland, Ohio: From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island and Beyond,” to be held at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The 50 faculty members selected to participate in each individual program receive a stipend to help cover their travel, study and living expenses.

Topics for the six Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops offered for community college faculty this summer are: Transcendentalism in Concord, Massachusetts; John Adams in Boston and Braintree; the role of the American Lyceum in public culture; the Civil Rights movement; Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age; and Cleveland’s place in American migration history.

The approximately 300 faculty members who participate in these studies will teach more than 50,000 American students the following year.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.