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Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Patricia Zupan (Project Director: September 2012 to September 2016)
Deborah Evans (Co Project Director: May 2016 to September 2016)
Jonathan Miller-Lane (Co Project Director: May 2016 to September 2016)
Brett C. Millier (Co Project Director: May 2016 to September 2016)
NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What Is the Good Life and How Do I Live It?"

The development of a seminar by four faculty members on the question, What is the good life and how do I live it?

Middlebury College has begun a new initiative that focuses attention on the academic experience of sophomores to ensure that they receive appropriate support when setting a course of study for the second half of their undergraduate education. A semester long, full-credit course centered on the question "What is the good life and how do I live it?" is designed to support this broader institutional initiative. We are requesting funding to enable us to bring faculty together who rarely have the opportunity to collaborate in course development, provide support for events that reinforce the academic goals of the course, and ensure that this initiative is grounded in rigorous intellectual work. We seek to create a unique intellectual space for students to engage a question that Aristotle explored over two millennia ago in the "Nicomachean Ethics" and that Eva Brann (1979) has argued, in "Paradoxes of Education in a Republic," remains the central inquiry of a liberal arts education.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

$25,000 (approved)
$22,397 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016