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Elon University (Elon, NC 27244-9423)
Shawn R. Tucker (Project Director: September 2009 to April 2014)

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants
Education Programs

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$24,965 (approved)
$24,965 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2010 – 12/31/2011

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Pride, Humility, and the Good Life

The development of an upper-level seminar with readings in Homer, Lao Tzu, C.S. Lewis, Ralph Ellison, and others.

This Enduring Questions course addresses the difficult and even paradoxical questions about Pride, Humility, and the Good Life. In this course students explore examples of pride and humility in classical and contemporary works from writers like Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, Shakespeare, Ralph Ellison, and Arthur Miller. Students use the insights of thinkers like Lao Tzu, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, C.S. Lewis, and Martin Buber to better understand pride and humility in these works. This course's critical examination opens up difficult yet very rewarding questions about what it means to be proud, what it means to be humble, how one can most effectively interact with others, and, finally, what it means to live a good life.