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Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI 53233-2225)
Gerry Canavan (Project Director: September 2012 to September 2015)
NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What Is Worth Preserving?"

The development of an upper-level undergraduate course on the question, What is worthy of preservation?

This project seeks to initiate a new interdisciplinary course in the humanities titled “What Is Worth Keeping?” This course will explore conflicts between economic and non-economic theories of value as they relate to the preservation of cultural heritage and natural resources. “What Is Worth Keeping?” draws on varied texts and methods from literature, philosophy, art, history, economics, ecology, and postcolonial theory to ask what from the past (and the present) should be preserved for future generations. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to articulate the centrality of cultural heritage to political struggles over the future, as well as participate in contemporary debates around preservation and evaluate differing views of heritage preservation across eras and cultures. A “What Is Worth Keeping?” symposium to be held at Marquette in 2015, drawing on both the local academic community and invited speakers, will serve as a capstone for the two-year project.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

$24,948 (approved)
$24,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2015