Halifax Humanities 101 is based on the premise that the insights and skills offered by study of the traditional Humanities disciplines can provide people with crucial tools for gaining control over their lives.
The course teaches reflection and critical thinking, enabling participants to develop a capacity for thoughtful reflection that may prove life-changing.
As Earl Shorris, founder of the original Clemente Course in the Humanities, has put it:
“the Humanities provide the most practical education. The Humanities teach us to think reflectively, to deign to deal with the new as it occurs to us, to dare.”
He argues that exposure to the Humanities opens the way for disadvantaged people to begin to participate in the life of the community, to engage in the political life in the widest sense.