From the mailbag: NEH Enduring Questions grants

This came via e-mail yesterday:

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.

Deadline(s):      09/15/2011

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.

50 thoughts on “From the mailbag: NEH Enduring Questions grants

  1. Which side are you on?

    Also, a series:
    Where have all the flowers gone?
    To be followed by youn girls, young men, soldiers, and graveyards.


  2. Why isn’t this blog this funny always?

    This reminds me of the Reagan “star wars” period when Darpa, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, sought proposals for grants (7 digits) for work that improves everything 1000 times. I laughed hard then too.


  3. What’s the point of General Education curricula?
    How badly do you have to treat faculty before they do more than complain?
    If workers riot over bread prices, and peasants over taxation, what will get the Amerikan workers of the so-called middle class into the streets against the wealthy?


  4. Does this “prerequisite” actually have to be taken *before* the seminar, or can I take it next summer, online, at the community college near my home?


  5. Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?
    Why is there no umlaut in “umlaut”?
    When will the Chicago Cubs win the World Series?
    Do you want fries with that?


  6. Why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

    Why does my car have so many issues?

    Why do my classmates ask complicated questions in the last 2 minutes of class?


  7. Who wrote the book of love?
    You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
    Why didn’t I think of that?


  8. Is it your testimony that the starting center actually wrote that paper on “Physiocrats versus Mercantilists” during your six-day trip to the Regional Finals last year up in Buffalo Falls?


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