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.
E-mail: enduringquestions AT neh DOT gov
More information here on the web site, which also includes some samples of successful “enduring questions:”
- What is good government?
- What is the value of work?
- What is friendship?
- What is evil?
- Are there universals in human nature?
- What are the origins of the universe?
This got me thinking about other Enduring Questions that span the ages of humankind:
- Why do I have to go to bed when it’s still light out?
- How do I look?
- Am I popular?
- Does ze LIKE me like me, or does ze just like me?
- When will ze call?
- Why did I have that fourth glass of wine last night?
- Why do 10% of the people I work with make 90% of the trouble?
- Does that person ever shut up?
- Is too much really never enough?
- Will I have enough money ever to retire?
- Is that a mole/lump I should get checked out?
Leave the Enduring Questions on your mind in the comments below.