Carroll University has received two grant awards totaling $35,294 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions grant program. The grants support faculty in Carroll's College of Humanities and Social Sciences to develop and teach new undergraduate courses that are question-driven and will encourage influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries.
"We are pleased the NEH has recognized Carroll's tradition of excellence in the humanities," said Joanne Passaro, PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs. "This was a competitive grant program, with a success rate of about 10 percent. We are excited to receive this support for our ongoing efforts to provide a superior education, rooted in the liberal arts, to Carroll students in all majors."
John Garrison, PhD, associate professor of English at Carroll University, will receive $17,660 to develop and teach a course titled, "What Happens After Death?" The course is a new undergraduate seminar on conceptions of the afterlife over time and across cultures.
Scott Hendrix, PhD, associate professor of history at Carroll University, will receive $18,264 to develop and teach a course titled, "How Should a Society Deal with Poverty?" The course is a new seminar for first-year students to examine religious, philosophical, and historical views on poverty and its role in human life.
"Our College is grateful for the NEH grants," said Charles Byler, PhD, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carroll University. "The grants will support our efforts to provide all Carroll students with an education firmly grounded in the humanities. That education means our graduates excel at thinking critically and understanding cultural differences, which are vital skills in today's workforce."