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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
University of Utah Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-1-60781-528-0 | Paper: 978-1-60781-527-3
Library of Congress Classification AZ183.U5H67 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 001.3071073


Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells the story of how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors to improve the lives of people with low incomes who face barriers to attending college. For over a decade, this course has given hundreds of adults, some of them immigrants or refugees, the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives.
     Readers will go inside Venture classrooms to see what occurs when adults enter serious discussions about literature, critical writing, art history, American history, and philosophy. Apparent also are the difficulties nontraditional students, who range in age from 18 to 60, often encounter in a college classroom and the hard choices they and their teachers make. What readers may remember most are the stories and words from people whose views of the world broaden and whose directions in life changed. 

Interview with Tom Williams at Access Utah

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