The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life 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 good government?
- Can war be just?
- What is friendship?
- What is evil?
- Are there universals in human nature?
- What are the origins of the universe?
In its first four annual competitions, the Enduring Questions program received an average of 197 applications per year. The program made an average of 19 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 10 percent.
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