Humanities for Humanity

Humanities for Humanity


Humanities for Humanity (“H4H”) brings together community members and undergraduate student mentors. For 12 weeks, they listen together to outstanding lectures, and have small group discussion facilitated by undergraduate students. The course requires no writing, no essays, no exams. We will ask questions–about the kind of people we once were, the kind of people we now are, and the kind of people we ought to become.

H4H works chronologically through short texts. It begins in the Middle Ages, and the time of knights, castles, and duels, and moves through discussion of Italian princes and kings, and the early forms of our own economic and political structures to current literature that speaks to our time.

Discussion will be led by university faculty and staff, and distinguished speakers from across the city. The course is interdisciplinary and includes political, philosophical, economic, literary, and historical issues. We will look at the world through the lenses of the humanities texts we read and discuss them with an understanding of the complicated and varied perspectives of the people in the class.

See H4H in action in a short documentary created by Victoria College student Daniela Rupolo: "The Ivory Tower."

Participation Requirements

Student mentors must be currently registered Victoria College or Trinity College students in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year. Academic background and commitment to outreach and education are also considered in the selection of mentors. Complete a mentor application now. Applicants will be notified of whether they have been selected around the start of classes.

Community participants should contact us by email or by phone at 416-585- 4528 for more information.


Tuesdays, September 20-December 6,

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Alumni Hall, Victoria College (91 Charles Street West)


Dinner will be provided at each session for all participants. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.

Current Students