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Join Us for a Book Festival Event Featuring One of Our Programs: 
Our Venture Course in the Humanities Gains Visibility in a New Book
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Wednesday, Oct 26, 7:30 PM at Westminster College, Gore Business Auditorium
Utah Humanities and Westminster College are pleased to present an evening with some of the founders of Utah Humanities' own Venture Course and authors of a new book about how the course has changed, and continues to change, lives through the humanities. Panelists will include Jean Cheney, L. Jackson Newell, Jeff Metcalf, Hikmet Loe, and Bridget Newell.

"It was a life-changing experience" is heard a lot these days, but a free college course has actually been that for hundreds of Utahns living on low incomes. Drawing from their years teaching in the Venture Course, the writers of Hope, Heart, and the Humanities will share what their experience has shown them about economic inequalities, the power of the humanities, and the hunger to learn.

Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors for hundreds of students who, for various reasons, faced barriers to attending college. This course has given them the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives.

Readers will go inside Venture classrooms to see what occurs when adults enter serious discussions of literature, critical writing, art history, American history, and philosophy. Also apparent are the difficulties nontraditional students often encounter and the hard choices they and their teachers make. But what readers may remember most are the stories and voices of people whose views of the world have broadened and whose directions in life have changed.

Authors and Panelists:
Jean Cheney is associate director of Utah Humanities. L. Jackson Newell served as dean of Liberal Education at the University of Utah and president of Deep Springs College. Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Jeff Metcalf is an award-winning teacher and writer in the English Department at the University of Utah. Bridget M. Newell is professor of philosophy and associate vice-president for diversity at Bucknell University.

This event is made possible with support from Westminster College and Utah Humanities.
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