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Suffolk University (Boston, MA 02108-2770)
Evgenia Cherkasova (Project Director: September 2012 to December 2015)

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants
Education Programs

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$24,953 (approved)
$24,952 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 7/31/2015

NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What Is the Meaning of Life?"

The development of a first-year seminar to explore the question, What is the meaning of life?

The proposed Seminar for Freshmen "What is the meaning of Life?" offers a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary exploration of the questions related to life-meaning through philosophical and religious texts, art, fiction, poetry, autobiography, and psychological studies. The course is divided into three units: 1) A Life Worth Living: Humanity's Ideals focuses on the ancient and modern visions of human flourishing; 2) Threats to Meaning: Humanity's Discontents, discusses the disillusionments leading to the loss of meaning; 3) Recovery of Meaning: Crises and Hopes, presents possibilities of self-discovery and growth as a result of a major crisis. The course will be open to all majors and will draw from intellectual, artistic, and religious traditions of Europe, Asia, and America.