A core program of the Illinois Humanities Council, The Odyssey Project provides college-level instruction in the humanities through seminars led by professors at top-tier colleges and universities. Our very own Hilary Strang teaches a course at The Odyssey Project’s North Side campus. The Odyssey Project offers free courses in philosophy, literature, art history, and history for men and women living below poverty level. Students receive six units of transferable college credit. The Odyssey Project offers a first-year course, a Bridge Course for graduates of the first-year course, and a Spanish language course.
The Odyssey Project is accredited by Bard College as the Clemente Course in the Humanities—there are iterations of this course all across the country—in which students do a year of credited coursework in the humanities. The program exemplifies the impact that access to an education in the humanities can have in the lives of the so-called underserved. By bringing powerful resources from which its students would otherwise be excluded, the program embodies the commitment to education knowledge as instruments of social change that the academy often theorizes but cannot always put into practice.
The Odyssey Project is run by a truly outstanding woman, Amy Thomas Elder, whose story you should all read. It’s amazing what she has done and continues to do.
(“A Day in the Life of an IHC Intern” after the jump)