Assistant Professor Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies, has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the NEH Enduring Question program.  Staudinger will devote parts of the next two summers to developing a course on the enduring topic of why people work and what it means to the individual and to society. Staudinger’s proposal, “Why Work?” considers the role of labor in human life as a core political and existential issue, which students will explore through readings in political philosophy, history and literature, and by developing a community-based oral history project.

Professor Staudinger was also chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar.   She will participate in an institute titled “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor,” a four-week program held at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA.  Staudinger is one of approximately 437 summer scholars.