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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Steven P. Thaxton (Project Director: July 2016 to present)

OLLI Humanities Initiative

The requested Chairman’s Grant would enable the NRC to convene a team of three scholars and OLLI programming experts who will identify humanities themes related to the experience of war, and to develop several model templates that can be customized by local OLLI communities. Resources to be developed may include discussion guides, outreach strategies, and other programming support materials. While within the established theme and sub-themes of The Experience of War there exist numerous scholastic resources, the NRC committee wants to strengthen the ties to humanities scholarship with the development of these themes tailored to the unique needs and interests of lifelong learning audiences. This select group of scholars with specializations associated with theme, will be recruited to help direct the project. Scholars may include: Dr. Janice Jayes, Professor of History at Illinois State University; and Dr. Peter Stearns, Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University. Programming experts such as Dr. Christine Catanzarite, Osher Institute director at the University of Illinois-Champaign and Dr. Richard Knopf, Osher Institute director at University of Arizona are already serving on the Osher NRC’s work committee to propose and create the framework of this project. 

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Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 12/31/2017