Willamette and Oregon Humanities offer free course for low-income adults

This summer, adults living on low incomes in the Salem area who want to explore challenging ideas about philosophy, literature, ancient Greek and American history, politics and theater will have a chance to participate in Humanity in Perspective (HIP), a free, one-semester, college-credit course in the humanities. HIP is a partnership between Oregon Humanities and Willamette University.

The application deadline is Monday, March 15. Applications are available online or from Oregon Humanities Program Coordinator Sarah Van Winkle at (800) 735-0543, ext. 112. The class is open to adults who are fluent in English and who can attend class two evenings per week during the four-month program. Applicants are not required to have a high school diploma or GED. Those who already have a college degree are not eligible.

The course begins May 18. Classes are held from May to August, at Willamette University in Salem. HIP students receive: free tuition, books and other course materials; reimbursement for childcare during class; free bus tickets for transportation to and from class; and transferable college credit from Willamette University.

HIP aims to promote the intellectual and students' personal growth, spark their interest in civic life and encourage them to continue their education. Since its inception in 2001, HIP has provided more than 350 economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to study the humanities in a college-level course. Reading and writing assignments are roughly equivalent to those of a first-year, college-level humanities survey course.

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