Humanities for Young People (HYP), is a non-credit programme for ambitious teens who want an intellectual challenge and a taste of college life.
From July 7th to 15th, 2018, students will study challenging texts with some of our most engaging professors, develop their analytical, verbal, and interpersonal skills, and enjoy residential life at Canada’s oldest chartered university.
HYP will clarify what we study in the humanities, how broadly applicable humanities skills are, and the way the humanities shape our communities. Our aim is to ignite curiosity and passion in young people.
HYP is an academic adventure that will take you from Ancient Greece to multicultural Canada.
Each year, HYP will conclude with a public symposium featuring the work of students, professors and a keynote address. The 2016 symposium was entitled The Humanities in Our Communities, and the 2017 symposium was entitled The Challenges of Reconciliation.
The theme for HYP 2018 is Migration. According to the United Nations, “an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home”. Canada prides itself on its multiculturalism, its relatively open borders, and its status as a “country of immigrants”. What role can we play in this global crisis? HYP 2018 offers you the chance to think about the cultural, historical, philosophical, and political issues that inform Canadians’ understanding of immigration.
HYP is open to all Canadian students ages 15 to 17 with an interest in writing, in reading, and in thoughtful inquiry. The application deadline is June 1, 2018.