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University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)
Levi Romero (Project Director: 09/10/2014 to present)
Allison Hagerman (Co Project Director: 03/24/2015 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Identity and Place

The development and teaching of a new undergraduate course on the human connection with place.

The panelists had much praise for the design of the proposed course, especially the plan to compare Western and Native American ideas about place. In the words of one, “[t]he proposers plan to investigate the connection between identity and place. They situate the premise for their investigation in origin stories; hence, they subtly imply that this is a timeless question that each culture in turn has grappled with.” Another observed that the course “would nail discussion of the diffuse but important notion of ‘place’ to a chronological progression of ideas and texts, eventually linking influential European ideas to the ideas of Mexican Americans and indigenous North Americans. The example of the Mt. Taylor controversy is especially well chosen; it effectively concretizes the problems under consideration.” Panelists considered the three units to be well organized, thought that the course would be intellectually balanced in its approach, and found that it provides a variety of plausible answers to the enduring questi0ns it poses. They also thought the course would be well suited to students at the host institution and that the site visits would further tie the subject matter to the local community. One panelist, however, would like to have seen more details about the sites to be visited; others found the work plan to be vague. The panelists were in general agreement that course preparation would involve a significant intellectual stretch for both teachers. Although the low-rating panelist praised the “novel blending of Western classics, traditional Indigenous stories, and Latino and Native American works” that could “lend themselves to a very interesting exploration of the question,” he had some doubts about the enduring character of the subject and did not find the relationships between the sub-questions fully articulated. (Panel VI: E, VG, G, VG)

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; History of Philosophy

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$32,998 (approved)
$30,560 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 5/31/2017