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Illinois Humanities Council (Chicago, IL 60603-4048)
Chris Guzaitis (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Sojourner Scholars Summer Humanities Institute: The Odyssey Project's High School Initiative

A Clemente Course in the Humanities for 25-30 Chicago high school students.

In the summer of 2016, the Odyssey Project piloted a summer humanities institute for high school students called Sojourner Scholars. Sojourner Scholars is a free college-readiness, college-credit earning program that provides students from four neighborhood Chicago Public School (CPS) high schools located on Chicago’s South Side the opportunity to take college-level courses in the humanities with local college professors over the span of three summers, beginning the summer following their freshman year. Students follow the Clemente Course in the Humanities curriculum and take courses in literature, U.S. history, philosophy, art history, and a capstone course that involves an intensive writing and research project. Students will complete a total of 110 hours of college-level classroom instruction and earn six fully-transferrable college credits in Humanities 100: Introduction to the Humanities from Bard College.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Humanities Access Grants

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (offered)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 9/30/2020