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Hope, Heart, and the Humanities
How a Free College Course is Changing Lives
Edited by Jean Cheney and L. Jackson Newell
with Hikmet Sidney Loe, Jeff Metcalf, and Bridget M. Newell
Utah / Education
Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors for hundreds of students who, for various reasons, faced barriers to attending college. This course has given them the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives.
Readers will go inside Venture classrooms to see what occurs when adults enter serious discussions of literature, critical writing, art history, American history, and philosophy. Also apparent are the difficulties nontraditional students often encounter and the hard choices they and their teachers make. But what readers may remember most are the stories and voices of people whose views of the world have broadened and whose directions in life have changed.
Jean Cheney is associate director of Utah Humanities.
L. Jackson Newell served as dean of Liberal Education at the University of Utah and president of Deep Springs College.
Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Jeff Metcalf is an award-winning teacher and writer in the English Department at the University of Utah.
Bridget M. Newell is professor of philosophy and associate vice-president for diversity at Bucknell University.
Table of Contents:
List of Figures
Foreword – Elaine Jarvik
1. From New York to Utah – Jean Cheney
2. Creating Venture – Jean Cheney
3. Literature: Improvisation – Jeff Metcalf
4. Art History: From Sight To Insight – Hikmet Sidney Loe
5. Critical Writing: With Heart And Mind – Jean Cheney
6. Philosophy: Thinking For Life – Bridget M. Newell
7. American History: Preparing Voices For Democracy – L. Jackson Newell
8. Challenges – Jeff Metcalf
9. Going Public: Venture Students Speak – Jean Cheney
10. Reverberations: Venture’s Impact – Jean Cheney
Epilogue – L. Jackson Newell
Praise and Reviews:
“A terrific introduction to a grass roots movement of oppressed people and educators worldwide, changing lives and communities through thinking and dialogue, more powerful than munitions. Students from all walks of life and backgrounds overcome poverty, racism, homelessness, abusive relationships, and hopelessness through their study of the humanities. Nuggets of teaching brilliance pervade the volume."
—David R. Kittay, director, Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities
“Through personal narratives, the authors explain the transformative nature of the humanities. These stories are powerful and articulate the need for more programs like this.”
—Kristal Moore Clemons, director, Online Ed.D. Program, Florida State University