Southern Vermont College Center for Teaching and Learning Director Named National Endowment for Humanities Scholar

July 3, 2014

Catherine McKeen, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont College, has been selected as a Summer Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from a nationwide applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by NEH. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

McKeen is currently participating in a month-long seminar on Socrates through July 25 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. The goal of the seminar is to give NEH Summer Scholars the opportunity to think together about the main questions that continue to be debated about the philosophical figure of Socrates.

Topics for the NEH seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer span many cultures from a variety of continents and cover different time periods in history, such as: “Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: literature, the arts, and cinema since independence” and “Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative.” Approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars are participating in these programs of study and will go on to teach over 113,925 American students in the coming year.

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More information National Endowment for the Humanities:
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.