The Humanities Program offers free, non-credit university-level courses offered to individuals living in Edmonton’s downtown and surrounding areas who are passionate about learning, but who may have faced economic, institutional, or social barriers to accessing formal education. This community-based learning program is centered on a commitment to ensuring that educational experiences are available to community members with a love of learning. By offering non-vocational training, the Humanities Program aims to empower students to use critical thinking in everyday life and inspire a passion for lifelong learning.
The Humanities Program is in partnership with the The Learning Centre Literacy Association and currently offers courses in the Fall and Winter at the Humanities Centre, on the University Campus. Past course topics have included: An Introduction to the Humanities, Stories & Communities, Native Studies, Education & Society, and Taking Back the Airwaves.
Since Spring 2010, the Humanities Program has also run a course at Wings of Providence Shelter for Second Stage Shelters. This course is designed specifically for women healing from interpersonal violence and brings university-level learning into the unique environment of the women’s shelter. The Humanities course offered at Wings of Providence is centered on themes of home and community from diverse scholarly perspectives. Student projects in this course have included guided writing, photography, and ‘life book’ projects.
In the Fall of 2015 both Humanities classes took “communities” as their theme. For their year-end projects each member of the class created 6-inch squares representing the theme in their own way, which was sewn into community quilts. These quilts are part of an exhibit at the Rutherford Library from January 26-February 29, 2016. Read more about the exhibit here.
Click on the images below to take a look at the collective journals created by students in Humanities classes from 2011-2015.