Cusher Wins $20K National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

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Dr. Brent Cusher, assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop a new course called The Promises and Perils of Ambition. The class will draw from philosophy, literature, history, religious studies and political theory to explore the positive and negative aspects of ambition as a motivating factor for driving people into leadership positions. The grant will also fund a student trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The new course will be offered in spring 2017.

“I am proud to have support from the NEH to expand my teaching expertise in new ways, and to develop a class that will offer students the chance to explore a leadership theme exclusively by means of texts in the humanities,” says Cusher. “The trip to Mount Vernon should be a rich experience outside the classroom that will help us focus on George Washington, an example of both good and great ambition for us in America.”

Cusher is an expert in classical models of leadership, statesmanship, rhetoric and persuasion, leadership ethics, legal philosophy, and ancient and modern political philosophy. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

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