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AQ-51123-14

North Georgia College and State University (Dahlonega, GA 30597-0001)
Renee Bricker (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)
Michael Proulx (Co Project Director: 05/05/2016 to present)
George Wrisley (Co Project Director: 05/05/2016 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Concepts of Peace in Western and Eastern Cultures

The development of an upper-level undergraduate seminar on ideas about how to attain and secure peace, open to cadets and civilian students at a military college.

The development of an upper-level undergraduate seminar on ideas about how to attain and secure peace, open to cadets and civilian students at a military college. Four faculty members develop an upper-level seminar open to all students on the enduring question, What is peace? In addition to the question of what constitutes peace, the subject involves the additional consideration of whether peace should be established and maintained whatever the cost, or if it should be constrained by attempts to achieve justice. In order to address these questions, the course considers classic authors and works from western and eastern traditions, including Thucydides, Aristophanes, Sun Tzu, the Song of Roland, Christine de Pizan, Erasmus, Shakespeare, the Abbe St. Pierre, Rousseau, Kant, Clausewitz, Gandhi, Mao Zedong, and Kurt Vonnegut, plus modern scholars and theorists including Hannah Arendt, Michael Howard, and Michael Doyle. The participating faculty members include Renee Bricker (early modern history), Donna Gessell (English), Michael Proulx (ancient history), and Yi Deng (philosophy); course preparation allows each to expand his or her academic perspectives. The course itself meets once a week for two and a half hours in seminar format; it also takes advantage of electronic media to post weekly student "talking-papers" and facilitate intellectual interchange outside the classroom. The students are also expected to present papers at the college's undergraduate research conference and revise them for an undergraduate journal.

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Project fields:
History, General; Literature, General; Philosophy, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$36,399 (approved)
$36,399 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2017