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HUMANITY  IN PERSPECTIVE  OVERVIEW

HUMANITY IN PERSPECTIVE (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 EXPLORE CHALLENGING IDEAS ABOUT POWER, JUSTICE, KNOWLEDGE, IDENTITY, AND COMMUNITY IN AN ENGAGING AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT.

HIP IN PORTLAND

OREGON HUMANITIES, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BARD COLLEGEMARYLHURST UNIVERSITY, AND PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, PROVIDES ACCESS TO COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION FOR ADULTS LIVING ON LOW INCOMES THROUGH AN EIGHT-MONTH COURSE ON PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE, US HISTORY, ART HISTORY AND VISUAL CULTURE, AND CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING. WITH A CLASS SCHEDULE AND SUPPORT DESIGNED TO EASE PARTICIPATION, STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES AND PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS. STUDENTS EARN SIX TRANSFERABLE CREDITS FOR SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE PROGRAM. CLASSES MEET TWO WEEKDAY EVENINGS EACH WEEK, SEPTEMBER THROUGH APRIL, AT OREGON HUMANITIES’ OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND.

Program Goal

To increase civic participation and educational and economic opportunities for adults living on low incomes by removing barriers to the humanities and higher education.

Program History

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 in the United States and Australia. Oregon Humanities has offered HIP courses in Portland, Salem, and at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton.

Referral Agencies

Oregon Humanities works with social service and community 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:

  • Informing their clients about the HIP program.
  • Assisting individuals interested in the program with the application process.
  • Working with the HIP course director to provide support for the students they recruited who are selected to participate in the course. This helps us to ensure each student’s success in the class.

Program Cost

There is no cost to students or community sponsors. Tuition, course materials, books, transportation, and a childcare stipend are provided free by Oregon Humanities. All of this would not be possible without the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Kyle Weismann-Yee at (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 112; or at kyle@oregonhumanities.org.

Oregon Humanities is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Humanity in Perspective (HIP) course, which will meet from September 2017 to April 2018.

 
Humanity in Perspective is a free college course for adults who do not have a college degree and who face financial barriers to continuing their education. Over eight months, a community of learners explore challenging ideas about power, justice, knowledge, identity, and community. Tuition, books, bus tickets, and childcare are provided free. Applications will be reviewed as received until all spots are filled. Class begins September 2018. Read more.
The 2017-18 Portland Think & Drink series has explored some of the systems that create and perpetuate racial and economic inequality in the United States--in criminal justice, property law, banking, and other areas--and how people are organizing to change those systems. The series concludes Wednesday, May 16 with a conversation with Rinku Sen, one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement, who will offer a national perspective on these issues.

 

Sen is a senior strategist for Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice, and a contributing writer for the organization's daily news site, Colorlines.
This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland. Tickets are available now. Read more.
 
Rinku Sen will also appear at a Think & Drink event in Bend on Monday, May 14, presented by Deschutes Public Library Foundation and cosponsored by Oregon Humanities. 
 
 

Share your time and skills to Oregon Humanities. We seek volunteers for the following opportunities:

  • Event Staff: Help guests find their seats at a Think & Drink or help with registration at other events and programs on an as-needed basis.

    Locations: often in Portland, but occasionally statewide
  • Conversationalist: Attend a Conversation Project program in your neighborhood. Afterward, write up your observations and reflections to help us get a fuller view of our programs around the state.

    Locations: statewide
  • Office Projects: Help with mailings and other large office projects on an as-needed basis.

    Location: our downtown Portland office
  • Data Entry: Requires a regular schedule and a four-month commitment.

    Location: our downtown Portland office

To join our volunteer team, contact Maggie Starr at m.starr@oregonhumanities.org.

921 SW Washington St., Suite 150

Portland, Oregon 97205 

(503) 241-0543 / (800) 735-0543