IWU Faculty Represented at Yale University NEH Seminar
Sept. 11, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Professor and Director of Greek and Roman Studies Nancy Sultan
was one of 16 educators nationwide who attended Yale University’s National Endowment
for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers over the summer.
The seminar, titled “The Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Poem, Modern Readers,” drew scholars
from an array of disciplines to share their research and pedagogy ideas on the Bhagavad
Gita, a Hindu text that dates back to the second century BCE.
Led by Richard Davis, associate professor of religion at Bard College, the participants
studied the Gita in both its original context and how more recent writers, filmmakers
and thinkers have interpreted its scriptures. The group also visited a number of museums
for personalized tours with curators of Asian art collections, in which works inspired
by the Gita are a prominent feature.
The seminar culminated with each participant presenting a research project to the
group, who provided constructive feedback to improve future course content and paths
“I gained a much deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata epic
in their many contexts and interpretations to share with my students,” said Sultan,
who anticipates that her newfound insights and newly-made connections with scholars
will lead to unique learning opportunities for the campus community.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that has funded programs in the humanities
for colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions since
1965. Each summer, NEH provides stipends for a series of tuition-free seminars aimed
at school teachers and higher education faculty across the country.