PROGRAM: The Odyssey Project

Presented by:
Illinois Humanities Council
Local Partner: Colleges and Universities Subject: Professional Development, Varies Audience: Colleges and Universities, Young Adult

Through reading, discussing, and writing about texts in literature, philosophy, art history, and U.S. history in seminars facilitated by university and college professors, Odyssey Project students gain a foundation in the humanities.

Students enrolled in the Odyssey Project will take courses in literature, philosophy, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing from September through May. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn six units of college credit in the humanities from Bard College (all credits earned are fully transferrable). The Odyssey Project also offers a second-year course, offered in both English and Spanish, for students who are interested in continuing their education in the humanities while earning additional college credits.

Courses are offered in the Chicago neighborhoods of Woodlawn, Albany Park, at UNAM-Chicago (taught in Spanish), and in Urbana-Champaign. The Odyssey Project is offered in conjunction with the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, The University of Chicago’s Civic Knowledge Project, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.