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Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA 02215-3693)
Lori R. Landay (Project Director: September 2009 to April 2014)
NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What is Being?"

The development of a course for seniors that examines three themes especially relevant to Berklee's performing arts mission: seeming versus being, performance on stage and in everyday life, and the power of images and illusion.

The motto of Berklee College of Music is Esse quam videri, a phrase from Cicero's essay, "On Friendship," which translates as "to be, rather than to seem." Berklee, whose mission is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career, adopted the motto because the Roman philosopher's words reflected the college's emphasis on genuine accomplishment. Berklee is proposing a new liberal arts course entitled "What is Being?" that is inspired by this motto and gives Berklee students the opportunity to focus and reflect upon the differences between seeming and being. The course, a seminar for upper semester students, uses the motto as an entry into broad questions about existence, self, and image.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

$25,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 5/31/2012