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Mount Marty College Enduring Questions Course to be Held


Published Date12\4\2013
Mount Marty College was honored to learn last semester that grant writers, Dr. Paul Anders, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Dr. Nicholas Shudak, Assistant Professor and Division Chair of Education were awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions grant. NEH grants are highly competitive and involve a rigorous review and selection process to ensure that the project represents the highest level of humanities research and public engagement. Nineteen Enduring Questions grants were awarded nationally. Only about eleven percent of the submitted proposals were selected for funding. Mount Marty College is the only South Dakota institution to be awarded such a grant this year.

The Mount Marty course that will be supplemented by the grant is entitled, "What is Authority?" It concerns the nature, origins, and expressions of authority across political, cultural and religious contexts. Such concerns are issues affecting all of life, and consequently, the enduring issues of authority span a great many disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

This course is recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as an "Enduring Questions" pilot course and came about after professors Paul Anders and Nicholas Shudak submitted and received a grant to create and deliver a course that helps students struggle with an enduring question. An enduring question is one that is as relevant today as it would have been 50, 1000, or 2000 years ago, and, a question that can be addressed through the multiple subject areas found within the broad academic area referred to as the Humanities. Drs. Anders and Shudak see this course as a wonderful opportunity to engage students in original research and scholarship around a question that affects us all in profound ways. The course will be offered in four consecutive semesters, with the first course offered this spring on Tuesday nights from 7:00 - 9:20 PM.

For more information about registration, please contact the Registrar at 605-668-1515. The Enduring Questions grant is intended to support the development of coursework across the humanities that allow students the opportunity to investigate fundamental issues regarding life in the human community.