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Western Colorado University (Gunnison, CO 81231-7000)
Kelsey L. Bennett (Project Director: September 2015 to October 2018)

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants
Education Programs

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$19,966 (approved)
$19,829 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2018

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Purpose of Art

The development and teaching of a first-year undergraduate seminar, designed primarily for honors students, to explore the purpose of art.

This NEH Enduring Questions course delivers an open and sustained inquiry into the question, What is Art For?, across a range of historical periods and linguistic traditions. The freshman-level honors course, designed for a sixteen-week semester, is interdisciplinary in emphasis and open to students from all majors. The course develops the range of the question, What is Art For?, through a number of significant contexts that provide meaningful ways of addressing it. Each section of the course—On Truth; On Power; On Character; On Beauty and Culture—draws from among works of literature, drama, philosophy, the visual arts, music, and film that together offer a plurality of perspectives on the ways in which people throughout history have understood the purpose of art.