Humanities for Young People (HYP), is a non-credit program for ambitious teens who want an intellectual challenge and a taste of college life. HYP is open to all Canadian students ages 14 to 16 with an interest in writing, in reading, and in thoughtful inquiry.

The theme for HYP 2020 is Hindsight. It’s a cliché that “Hindsight is 20/20”, but what do we really learn from considering the past? The philosopher G.W.F. Hegel wrote, “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” Thoughtful engagement with the past is key to several humanities fields ranging from literature to philosophy to history, but claims about the past can also be contentious and complicated. Whose histories do we use to understand our present, and imagine a new future?

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