Introducing the Bonita Shepherd University Access Program

In memory of its very first student, The Halifax Humanities Society is pleased to name its University Access Program in honour of Bonita Shepherd. Bonita Shepherd was a groundbreaker, not only in being the first to apply to the Halifax Humanities full-year class, but also in taking up the possibility of continuing on to university classes. The Bonita Shepherd University …

Alice in Wonderland LIVE

On Saturday, May 28th between noon and 5:30pm, teams of readers for a marathon reading Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic Alice in Wonderland. Teams will be collecting pledges in support of Halifax Humanities. Access the Livestream here to join in on the fun! To make a donation, click here. See our teams below! 12pm – Kavanagh Family 1pm – Kavanagh Friends …

The Angus Johnston Seminar

Graduates of Halifax Humanities 101 are invited to join the Angus Johnston Seminar, a reading group of Halifax Humanities alumni that meets once a week from September to April each year. Some members of the Seminar have been returning each year for over a decade. Topics discussed have included Gender, Canadian Literature, Storytelling, Russian Literature, Goethe’s Faust, and World Religion. …

Perspectives Online Course

In Fall 2020 and again in Fall 2021, Halifax Humanities offered its first online course, Perspectives. The goal of the class was to introduce students from across the province to the process of studying philosophy, literature, and art in a welcoming, accessible, online environment. The class ran for six weeks, and students met online via Zoom twice a week from …

Our Students

Curious about Halifax Humanities? Check out what our students have said about the program below! Perspective 2020 Graduate Tyra talks about her experience in Halifax Humanities’s first fully online class here. 2017 HH101 graduate and current Board Member Tim Blades writes about his experience in Halifax Humanities 101 in “Halifax Humanities: So much more than an education” for The Nova …

Marathon Reading Fundraisers

Our biggest fundraising each year consists of a marathon reading of a classic work of literature. Teams of readers take on the responsibility of performing a section of the text and collecting donations in support of their participation. By the end of the event (usually 24 hours later!), we have heard the whole text read from start to finish.

Graduation Ceremony

graduation ceremony

At the end of every term, we celebrate the achievements of our Halifax Humanities 101 students at a graduation ceremony attended by their friends, families, and professors. Graduation 2020 – A Year Like No Other In 2020, when COVID-19 made an in-person graduation impossible, we created a virtual graduation for our students. You can see the results below. Graduation 2019

Weldon Literary Moot

Each year, law students and faculty from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, along with local lawyers, judges, and actors, create a mock trial of a literary figure as a fundraiser in support of The Halifax Humanities Society. 2022: Hood on Trial – A Fundraiser for Halifax Humanities On Thursday, March 10th at 7:30pm, Dalhousie law students will …

Halifax Thinks

Halifax Thinks

Halifax Thinks is an opportunity for those interested in philosophy, literature, and art to take a University-level course that works with your busy schedule. Its curriculum is based on the interdisciplinary Great Books model offered in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP) at the University of King’s College. Students receive 12 recorded lectures written and delivered by FYP and Dal professors which …

Halifax Humanities 101

Join our free course modelled after the curriculum of the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College! The class is a “Great Books” program where students will read works of Western literature, philosophy, political theory, and theology, and look at works of art. The course moves chronologically, beginning in Ancient Mesopotamia and ending in the present day. Along the way, we think about big themes like beauty, justice, community, and power.