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Winter/Spring 2022

  • Humanity in Perspective (6-credit online course)
    January 24—June 2, 2022
    Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Pacific
    AND Saturdays: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Pacific

Summer 2022

  • HIP 2022 Summer Youth Course (now accepting applications)
    June 27—July 1, 2022 
    9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
    The 2022 Summer Youth Course is offered specifically to students at David Douglas High School in East Portland. 

Please note: All courses are currently offered via Zoom. Along with ensuring we remain in compliance with shifting state mandates regarding COVID-19, online courses provide an opportunity for people to participate safely in HIP, regardless of where they live in Oregon. Our instructors and presenters are experienced in creating remote learning experiences that nurture meaningful connections while exploring the course material in diverse and engaging ways. Limited funds are available to support students around technology access. You will have a chance to answer questions about your tech access and needs when you register.

Please read our list of frequently asked questions before you register. 

Winter/Spring Course

Humanity in Perspective (6 credits)
A free humanities course exploring art, history, philosophy, literature
Lead Instructor: Rozzell Medina

The Winter/Spring HIP course is a community-centered, discussion-based class. Written and creative projects—as well as interactive presentations from special guests—contribute to our learning and community engagement with the world beyond the classroom walls. Participants earn six transferable semester credits from Bard College and a certificate upon completion. 

This course is instructed by professional educators with backgrounds in creative, community-centered approaches to teaching and learning. To learn more about the instructors, click here.

In this course, we explore:

  • Influential works of art, history, philosophy, and literature from diverse cultures and perspectives

  • Community, equity, imagination, justice, and collaboration—and combining theory (ideas) with practice (action)

  • How the humanities can help us better understand what it means to be human, living now

  • Important intersections of the humanities and ecology from various cultural perspectives

  • What power is, who has it and why, and how it can be transformed

Together, we will:

  • Gain and practice reading, writing, analytical, collaboration, and time management skills that will benefit us in a variety of contexts, including our personal lives, school, work, and civic engagement

  • Learn about—and reflect on—the world in ways that are meaningful and relevant to us, individually and collectively (as a community)

  • Imagine and describe visions of the world in which we would like to live

  • Explore subjects that emerge from our interests and conversations

  • Be inspired by diverse media and forms of storytelling, including readings, films, podcasts, art, and songs

  • Create projects that help us apply what we learn to our own lives and communities

  • Get to know each other in order to build trust and community

Former HIP students/alumni ARE ELIGIBLE to register. Alumni with 9 previous Clemente Course credits may be waitlisted to take the course for no credit. 

Students can receive a total of 9 transferable credits from Clemente Courses.


Fall Course

Humanity in Perspective: Exploring Social Movements (3 credits)

Instructor: Rozzell Medina

In this online course, we will explore current and historical social movements for environmental, economic, racial, and disability justice. At times, we will focus on specific movements, learning about the people, strategies, and events that shaped their struggles and their gains. We’ll also look at the similarities and differences between movements—as well as many of the important points where movements for justice and liberation intersect. While most of our focus will be on social movements within North America, there will be space to explore global movements as well.  

Our exploration will be rooted in core humanities disciplines of art, history, philosophy, literature, and critical thinking. 

Written and creative projects—as well as interactive presentations from special guests—will contribute to our learning and community engagement with the world beyond the classroom walls. 


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