The Venture Course is a free, discussion-based, interdisciplinary humanities course offered by Southern Utah University in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Council to adults “of modest means who dare to dream.”
Venture introduces students living on low incomes to philosophy, art history, literature, American history, and critical writing/thinking. The two-semester evening course, taught by university faculty, gives students new ways of thinking about their lives and their world, developing their ability to think critically and empowering them to take more control of their future. Venture uses the liberal arts to help liberate the mind.
Venture is modeled on the Clemente Course in the Humanities, the creation of journalist Earl Shorris in New York City in 1995 and is now an international educational movement.
Graduates of Venture exemplify the wide impact of the course. Some earn scholarships and continue their studies in college; others start their own business or seek more satisfying and promising employment. Many volunteer in their communities.
Venture graduates have run for office, started nonprofit organizations, and enrolled in documentary film classes. All graduates of the course credit Venture for increasing their confidence in themselves and their hope for the future.
Applicants to Venture must be at least 18 years old, have a low income, and the ability to read a newspaper in English.
Tuition for Venture is free, as are books, and child care.
For more information, contact Lindsay Fullerton, Venture Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org