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AQ-50981-14

Elmira College (Elmira, NY 14901-2099)
Corey McCall (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)
Charlie Mitchell (Co Project Director: 05/05/2016 to present)
Thomas Nurmi (Co Project Director: 05/05/2016 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Value and Role of Art in Human Life

The development of a mid-level undergraduate course for students in nursing, business, and the sciences to explore the value and role of art in human life.

The development of a mid-level undergraduate course for students in nursing, business, and the sciences to explore the value and role of art in human life. Three faculty members (in philosophy, literature, and history) develop a course on the question, Why does art matter? Anchoring the course in W. E. B. Du Bois' 1903 essay, "The Talented Tenth," they situate art within the liberal arts tradition and tie it to questions of value. The first of three units begins with a historical focus. Students read Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann, among others, to explore differences between intrinsic and instrumental value, and between aesthetics and taste. In the second unit students consider the value of the difficult in art. They first read Henry James' 1884 essay, "The Art of Fiction," which argues that "no good novel will ever proceed from a superficial mind." They then read William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. In the final unit, students explore the value of the arts in American society. Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities prompts inquiry about the relationship between democracy and the arts. Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others prompts discussion about what it means to look at images of war. The course is intended to bridge the gap between liberal arts and professional programs and expand the nascent honors program, most of whose students have declared majors in nursing, business, and the sciences. To link the arts and professional domains further, students interview local, business, science, and medical professionals about their views on art. A workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass with arts and business leaders probes these views in depth. The faculty engage in interdisciplinary challenges as they meet weekly over the summer of 2014 to finalize the syllabus. They also collaborate after teaching the course by presenting their work at the Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts at Emory University and at a regional faculty development program.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Literature, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$24,291 (approved)
$24,290 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 7/31/2017