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University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
J.B. Shank (Project Director: September 2009 to September 2014)

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants
Education Programs

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$23,782 (approved)
$22,895 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Nature of the Cosmos

The development of a course for undergraduates that explores ancient, religious, and scientific cosmologies.

This proposal requests support for the development of an Enduring Questions course pursuing the question, What is the nature of the cosmos and how do we, as humans, find our place within it? The course focuses on comparative analysis of the cosmologies of several cultures from the ancient period to the 19th century. It presents three comparative unit on 1) Antique Cosmologies, 2) Western Monotheisms, and 3) The Beginnings of Modern Scientific Cosmology. Overall, the course uses deep historical inquiry and predisciplinary textual and visual analysis to empower students to recognize and scrutinize the cosmological assumptions at play in their own lives.