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Siena Heights Awarded NEH Grant

Siena Heights University was awarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the NEH Connections grant program. The project is entitled “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE): Creating a new minor/certificate program at Siena Heights University.”

Siena Heights is one of only 15 universities nationwide and the only university in Michigan awarded this prestigious grant. This funding will support the development of a new curricular pathway for students with interests in political theory, political philosophy and economic theory.

“Contemporary economic and political approaches to problems tend to be ideological and or technical and often lack ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical perspectives,” said SHU Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jennifer Kling, the project’s principal investigator. “The program supported by this funding seeks to prepare our student scholars with a more holistic approach to political or economic problems with added emphasis on ethical and historical considerations.”

The project outcomes include:

  • Planning courses and curriculum development
  • Planning three experiential learning activities, including a capstone research project, optional internships, and a community mentorship program
  • Engaging with partners and ascertaining feasibility of partnering with area colleges
  • Creating a PPE website and attracting student enrollment

The project team consists of SHU core faculty in economics (Dr. Rubin Luniku), philosophy (Dr. Kling) and political science (Dr. Eric Kos), as well as three faculty experts from across the nation and SHU staff and administration.

“This NEH support will help Siena Heights University to develop an interdisciplinary program, PPE, that teaches students the sort of global thinking that will be most useful to them as they navigate our complex social, economic, and political institutions,” Dr. Kling said. “Through its integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective that combines broad and rigorous training in the foundations of three subjects, PPE students will be encouraged to explore the dynamic relationships between the economic, political, and legal orders and to develop a skill set that enables them to seek solutions for the complex, multi-faceted problems that often arise in our highly interconnected world.”

 “It’s a real honor for the university to receive such a prestigious national grant,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). “This funding will help create new opportunities for students to study and engage in global issues in a more meaningful way. Congratulations, Saints!”

“This grant will establish a new civics-oriented curriculum and further cement the world-class education that Siena Heights University has to offer to its students,” said U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). “I congratulate Sister Peg Albert and all those at Siena Heights University who worked tirelessly to secure this grant, which will enrich coursework and provide an even greater opportunity for students to engage in thought-provoking discussions on our civic discourse.”

The project commenced in May 2018.

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