August 25, 2010

NEH Enduring Questions: September 15

The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports the development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental question addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

What is an enduring question? The following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but serves to illustrate.

  • What is the good life?
  • What is good government?
  • Is there such a thing as a just war?
  • What is friendship?
  • What is beauty?
  • What is the relationship between humans and the natural world?
  • What is evil?
  • Are there universals in human nature?
  • What are the origins of the universe?

Enduring questions are questions to which no discipline, field, or professions can lay an exclusive claim. They are questions that have more than one plausible or compelling answer. They have long held interest for young people, and they allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations. The Enduring Questions grant program will help promote such dialogue in today’s undergraduate environment. New this year: An Enduring Questions course may be developed by up to four faculty members.

The application deadline is September 15, 2010.

NEH Enduring Questions grants can provide up to $25,000 in outright funds for projects serving a single institution. The grant period may run between eighteen and thirty-six months. Recipients may begin their grants as early as May 1, 2011, but must begin no later than January 1, 2012.

Please contact your department's Proposal Manager for more information.

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