Grants in Higher Education

November 12, 2004


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November 2004
New York Public Library
"Teagle Forum on Poetry"
Project Leaders: David Ferriero


$4,540 planning grant over 7 months. The New York Public Library, in partnership with the Center for the Humanities located at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will use its planning grant from the Teagle Foundation to prepare for a Teagle Forum on Poetry. The goal of the Forum is to stimulate new and challenging discussions about the study of poetry as part of a liberal education and to broaden awareness so that the Library's world-renowned collections can be explored, exploited, and discovered by a new generation of liberal arts scholars. With funding from The Teagle Foundation, the Library will spend seven months conducting research into how poetry is taught at the undergraduate level around the country, what courses and programs are currently being offered, and how to use the energy around poetry to stimulate further interest in the humanities; brainstorming with undergraduate faculty to engage them in the planning process; and discussing ideas with poets. Plans presently call for the Teagle Forum on Poetry to feature a prominent poet as the main speaker, to discuss the primacy of poetry in the humanities and to liberal education, and will be followed up by two or three panel discussions, chaired by scholars selected from the CUNY faculty. (Final Forum format will be determined after research and planning is complete.) The Library and CUNY will promote the Forum to a broad audience, including students, educators, scholars, and the general public. The main Forum and panels, along with feedback from the audience, will be written up as a series of essays and submitted to The Teagle Foundation to be published on its website. The Library and CUNY are also interested in publishing substantial portions of the content on their websites. In this way, scholars who are unable to attend the talks themselves would be able to review the content of the event.

Northwestern University
"Classical Antiquity and American Popular Culture" | White paper
Project Leaders: Sara Monoson and Reginald Gibbons


$30,000 over 12 months. Does the recent wave of popular interest in classical antiquity signal a cultural moment? Are recent films ephemera or part of a discernable pattern in the way in which fragments of classical antiquity surface in popular culture in the United States? How widespread is this phenomenon in the United States? Are any comparisons between ancient and modern ideas and practices particularly absorbing today for any special reason that educators who craft the character of liberal arts education should be aware of? How might teachers in the humanities make use of the popular interest in antiquity to enliven student interest in liberal arts modes of inquiry and argumentation? How do these issues illuminate the changing shape of liberal arts education and the way the academy does (or should) respond to popular trends? In March, 2006, three distinguished scholars will lead the Northwestern University community and a visiting group of faculty from area liberal arts colleges in a day-long symposium on these topics. We will follow this up with the publication of a set of essays based on the presentations and discussion. Northwestern University faculty Sara Monoson (Political Theory and Classics) and Reginald Gibbons (English and Classics) will host. Participating colleges include: Carleton College, Denison University, Grinnell College, Kenyon College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, and Macalester College.

Listen to podcasts of papers delivered at the Forum: