Oregon Humanities: Humanity in Perspective 2023-2024 Course (now open)

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 Humanity in Perspective courses. Applicants may use the same form to apply for any course during the 2023-24 academic year. To learn about the courses we offer, click below:

Fall 2023 (Online)
Priority Application Date: September 25, 2023
Final Application Date: October 16, 2023

Winter 2024 (Online)
Priority Application Date: December 28, 2023
Final Application Date: January 11, 2024

Spring 2024 (In person)
Priority Application Date: March 11, 2024
Final Application Date: April 1, 2024

Before applying, we encourage you to read this list of frequently asked questions.

Humanity in Perspective — Fall 2023

3 credits (Bard College)
online via Zoom

October 16 to December 18, 2023
Mondays and Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, November 18 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Rozzell Medina
During the past sixty years, many artists have moved away from treating audiences purely as spectators. Now, they use creativity to engage individuals and communities as active participants and even collaborators. In addition to revolutionizing contemporary art, this has revealed new possibilities for artists to create in ways that affect not only the art world, but education, protest, work, and other aspects of daily life.

In this free, for-credit college course, we will learn about this movement towards art and social cooperation through readings, discussions, diverse media, and creative projects. We will also examine social movements and important people who shaped these artistic advancements, exploring some very influential texts of the 20th century by MLK, Paulo Freire, Antonin Artaud, and others.

In addition to learning more about the world in which we live, we will apply what we learn by exploring possibilities and expanding definitions for working creatively in our own communities.

Click here to apply for this course.

Humanity in Perspective – Winter 2024

3 Credits (Bard College)
online via Zoom

January 15 to March 16, 2024
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, February 17 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Instructors: Rozzell Medina and TBD
Explore our core humanities subjects (art, history, philosophy, literature, writing, and critical thinking) in a supportive learning community with qualified, professional instructors and special guests. More specific course information to be announced.

Click here to apply for this course.


Humanity in Perspective — Spring 2024

3 Credits (Bard College)
In person at Oregon Humanities’ downtown office

April 1 to June 3, 2024
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, April 20 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
AND Saturday, May 25 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Instructors: Rozzell Medina and TBD
In this course, we will focus on three important creative movements: Dada, Surrealism, and Situationism. These movements emerged during the 20th century, and demanded that people reconsider the very nature of reality, consciousness, power, experience, and the definition of art. We will examine the historical context of these movements and the different ways in which they evolved and innovated to revolutionize various aspects of art, literature, and society. We will also investigate their connection to current technological revolutions that have the potential to reshape the world, including artificial intelligence.

In addition to looking at art, reading essays and literature, and watching films, we will do assignments created and informed by the very people who shaped Dada, Surrealism, and Situationism. These assignments will transform our abilities to collaborate and reimagine our relationships with each other, our communities, and the physical world.  

As one meaningful way to connect our exploration to the world we live in, we will examine certain aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in relation to these movements. We will even collaborate with AI and ML to co-create a publication inspired by the movements we are studying.

Click here to apply for this course.

Applying for HIP

There is one application form for all 2023-24 courses. Participants who are interested and eligible may apply to multiple courses for the year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, meaning that we will accept applications until the class is full. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to be admitted.

Click here to apply for a course in 2023-24.

For more information or assistance, you can email Rozzell Medina, HIP Program Manager, at r.medina@oregonhumanities.org or call (971) 361-9883.

Support and Assistance

All HIP courses are taught by experienced instructors who prioritize student success and community-centered learning. To promote success in HIP courses and beyond, the following types of support and assistance are available:

  • Free course readings
  • Bus tickets
  • Technological assistance
  • Childcare reimbursements
  • Mentorship from HIP instructors

Additional Information

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