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HIP is a free college humanities course for adults who do not have a college degree and who face financial barriers to continuing their education. Students read and discuss everything from Greek tragedies and philosophy to modern poetry and plays, experiencing new ideas and new ways of seeing themselves and the world. The course is taught by college faculty and meets twice a week in the evenings.
Oregon Humanities and Reed College jointly present a free public program to provide economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals in the Portland-metro area the opportunity to study the humanities in a two-semester, college-level course. Both organizations undertake this effort in the shared conviction that the humanities provide access to ideas and skills that in fact change people’s lives. Through a rigorous encounter with great texts and ideas, the program hopes to foster the intellectual and personal growth of the participants, to further their engagement in civic and community life, and to make it possible for them to choose to continue their education. With a class schedule and support services designed to address their unique needs, the program will allow students to engage with a college-level curriculum without the burdens of financial constraints, childcare, transportation costs, or interference with employment.
Read HIP graduate Sam Nerveza’s blog entry about how the course changed his life and the way he sees the world.
To increase civic participation and educational and economic opportunities for adults living on low incomes by removing barriers to the humanities and higher education.
Humanity in Perspective is based on the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, an innovative program that began in New York City in 1995 and now operates in several cities nationwide and internationally, in Yucatan, Mexico. The HIP course at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton in partnership with Eastern Oregon University and Blue Mountain Community College. From 2009 to 2012, Oregon Humanities offered a HIP course in Salem in partnership with Willamette University.
Oregon Humanities works with social service and educational organizations to make this program a success in Portland. The role of these organizations is to assist Oregon Humanities with student recruitment and retention. Referral agencies are committed to the following:
There is no cost to students or community sponsors. Tuition, course materials, books, transportation, and a childcare stipend are provided by OH. All of this would not be possible without the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Classes meet on Monday and Thursday evenings in downtown Portland, September through March.
For more information, contact the course coordinator, Sarah Van Winkle, at (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 112; or by e-mail.
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