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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Nancy Luxon (Project Director: September 2015 to present)
Robert Nichols (Co Project Director: June 2016 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Political Community

The development and teaching of a new writing intensive, lower-division course for undergraduates on the making of political community.

What Makes Political Community? We will explore different ways to think political community. Many contemporary political challenges are not just thorny problems but transform the very institutions, engagements, and concepts through which we understand what the activity of politics is and might be. Other societies and thinkers have faced drastically new challenges to their politics. So, we propose a course that would explore how political actors make and remake community. Our first unit, Polis and Empire, turns to the ancient world to reexamine the scope of politics, as it experimented with small city-states and large empires. Second, Colonial Encounters will analyze the movements of ideas, trades, and people back and forth across the Atlantic. Third, Revolution Reimagined treats incendiary moments of cultural and political contact. This course speaks to humanist concerns of how humans forge meanings and communities even from conditions of injustice and inequality.

Project fields:
Political Theory

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$27,973 (approved)
$27,973 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 12/31/2019