The Humanities for Young People (HYP) is a residential summer program for bright and highly-motivated students from ages 15 to 17. It will take place at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 6–14, 2019. Secondary school students from across the country will have the unique opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with scholars from a variety of disciplines.
The theme for HYP 2019 will be Thinking Through Fear. In philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s new book, The Monarchy of Fear, she claims that “fear makes us want to avoid disaster, but it does not tell us how.” Fear is a fundamental human emotion. It is also pervasive in today’s popular culture, public discourse, and news media. In the so-called “Age of Terror,” fear works personally and politically, psychologically and culturally.
On Saturday, July 13, HYP students will participate in a public lecture with author Elisabeth de Mariaffi and journalist Desmond Cole, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library.