Carroll receives prestigious NEH grant

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

HELENA – The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Carroll College $159,184 for the Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives program. This is the third NEH award received by Carroll College for this program in the past five years.

Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives is a three-week seminar for sixteen K-12 humanities teachers from across the country. The seminar explores the human relationship with nature through religious, philosophical, literary, cultural and artistic perspectives. Participants will uncover both new avenues for thinking about one’s place in nature and new approaches for engaging the humanities in the classroom. The curriculum focuses on demonstrating for participants that a more full and reasoned understanding of the national discourse regarding the environment is supported when the humanities are integrated with the scientific conversation. 

Carroll faculty members, Dr. Edward Glowienka, associate professor of philosophy, and Corrie Williamson, adjunct professor of English, are the co-directors of the program. “I am delighted that we will again be hosting sixteen teachers for ‘Re-enchanting Nature,’” said Dr. Glowienka. “The seminar explores how humans have understood nature and our place in it by investigating various humanities disciplines and cultural productions. We bring to the seminar many of the hallmarks of a Carroll education: invigorating seminar discussions, interdisciplinary connections, and immersive experiences in both Montana's natural and industrial environments. Participants in the seminar go on to create innovative lessons about nature for students across the nation,” he continued.

The seminar, which will take place in the summer of 2021, will spend the first two weeks on the Carroll College campus. It concludes with a week at the Yellowstone Studies Center adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, which will provide opportunities for the participants to channel the perspectives they learned in the first two weeks into dialogue with contemporary scientific conversations.   


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

The Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.