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Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME 04011-8447)
Stephen Grant Perkinson (Project Director: May 2020 to October 2022)

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)
Education Programs

$200,000 (approved)
$125,838 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020

To Serve the Common Good: Strengthening Humanities Instruction in a Time of Change

The retention of four visiting faculty positions, which would facilitate smaller class sizes in the fall semester.

Serving the common good is a charge that has suffused Bowdoin's mission for more than two centuries. The humanities are a core component of this mission and our work as a liberal arts institution. The coronavirus has created unprecedented challenges to the delivery of a Bowdoin education. To address these challenges, we propose using NEH funds to retain four visiting faculty in the humanities for the fall semester. These faculty will be instrumental in helping to develop and implement changes to our instructional program necessitated by the pandemic. Activities will include workshops and departmental planning meetings over the summer and the delivery of courses by these faculty during the fall semester. Maintaining these visiting faculty for the project period will strengthen our capacity in the humanities, ensure the continuity of a robust curriculum in a time of change, and reinforce the College's ability to fulfill the centuries-old charge to serve the common good.