Grants which further HND's SPECIAL INITIATIVES will be given funding priority.
2018 SPECIAL INITIATIVE: THE PURSUIT OF HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
THE HND IS SEEKING PROJECTS THAT EXPLORE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
1. Historical analysis of healthcare policy debates in America from Founding Fathers until now, with emphasis on the meaning of, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” 2. Major ethical issues facing modern medicine, from stem cell research to end of life issues 3. A historical and/or critical analysis of the concept of happiness 4. The relationship between health and happiness from a humanities perspective
2019 SPECIAL INITIATIVE: What Happened to the American Dream?
“Is what we are doing good enough? Have the changes that have revealed themselves in recent years…shown overwhelming evidence that we are doing an intelligent job, an adequate job? I am afraid not. Genuinely afraid.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, April 1961, The Atlantic, “What Has Happened to the American Dream?”
The American Dream means many different things to many different people. Is the American Dream the spread of democracy across the world? Is it the Jeffersonian concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is it the promise of upward economic and social mobility?
President Trump ran on a campaign to "Make America Great Again," a theme that resonated with a large portion of the American population. This slogan indicates that something happen to the American Dream. Indeed, Americans find themselves at a crossroads politically, socially, economically. Simultaneously more connected than ever before, and more estranged and dispossessed. Humanities ND is looking to sponsor programs that critically engage with the question of the American Dream, construed broadly.