Humanity in Perspective 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 read and discuss everything from Greek tragedies and philosophy to modern poetry and plays, experiencing new ideas and new ways of seeing themselves and the world. The course is taught by college faculty and meets twice a week in the evenings. The overarching program goal is to increase civic participation and educational and economic opportunities for adults living on low incomes by removing barriers to the humanities and higher education.
The council also offers Humanity in Perspective in Portland in association with Bard College, Marylhurst University, and Portland State University, providing 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.