College-level courses for low-income Spanish-speaking students will be offered in Pilsen.
CHICAGO –The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Spanish Language Odyssey Project, sponsored by the IHC with support from the University of Chicago and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Gads Hill Center in Pilsen. This course offers an intensive college-level introduction to Philosophy and Literature for low-income adult Spanish speakers, all expenses paid (including tuition, books, CTA fare, and on-site childcare).Faculty are drawn from top area universities.
Classes will run from January 5 through March 16 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Gads Hill Center in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, 1919 West Cullerton Street. For more information about attending the course, please call course coordinator Miguel de Loza at (773) 834-1987. De Loza is at the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago. A second semester of classes in history and writing will begin in April.
Founded on the theory that engagement with the humanities can offer a way out of poverty, the Odyssey Project offers instruction to course participants in humanistic disciplines. The Odyssey Project is in its sixth year here in Chicago.
“As we begin our sixth year of providing high-quality education to men and women who otherwise would not be able to afford it, the Illinois Humanities Council is thrilled to expand the offerings of the Odyssey Project to Spanish-speaking adults in Chicago,” explains Amy Thomas Elder, Illinois Odyssey Project Director at the IHC.
Syllabi and reading lists are roughly equivalent to those a student might encounter in a first-year humanities survey course at a first-rate university. Tuition is free; books, childcare, and transportation vouchers are also provided. UNAM will grant a certificate of achievement to any student who completes the course.
There are two discrete sections: Philosophy and Literature.
Low-income Spanish speakers who want to study, age 18 and older. Students should be able to read Spanish and should have finished elementary school (Primaria= 6th grade).
Elisa Marti-López is Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Northwestern University. She received her Ph.D. from New York University.
Carlos Briones is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his M.A. from University of Houston.
For more information about the Odyssey Project, call the IHC at (312) 422-5580 or visit www.prairie.organd click on “Programs.”
The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.
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