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Carroll College (Helena, MT 59625-0001)
Gerardo Rodriguez (Project Director: September 2015 to April 2017)
Soumitree Gupta (Project Director: April 2017 to present)
Soumitree Gupta (Co Project Director: March 2016 to April 2017)
Gerardo Rodriguez (Co Project Director: April 2017 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Race and Identity

The development and teaching of a new undergraduate course on literary and theological narratives of race.

What is Race? This question has been asked in various ethnocentric articulations throughout history and is a relevant and pressing topic in contemporary American culture. Our Enduring Questions course will examine representations of race in U.S. and global contexts from literary and theological perspectives, with the goal of engaging students to consider how the worldviews of oppressor and oppressed impact relationships between racial and ethnic communities in ancient, colonial, and post-colonial contexts. We will undertake an interdisciplinary and in-depth exploration of the historical frameworks that ground contemporary race issues and the philosophical complexities that surround the subject of race at specific socio-historical junctures. As a result of taking our course our students will be able to better understand the conflicting factors and nuances hiding behind contemporary racial issues in the U.S. and around the world.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Ethnic Studies; History of Religion

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$28,000 (approved)
$28,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 12/31/2018