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Nov 24 & 25, 7pm - 7pm. University of King's College, Alumni Hall.
Come out and listen to Odysseus's trials and tribulations read by groups of readers from all over the HRM! Beginning at 7pm on Friday, November 24, our first team of readers will begin reading the first Book of The Odyssey. For the next 24 hours, teams will read a book an hour until 7pm on Saturday, November 25. By the end of the event, we will have read all 24 books of The Odyssey over the course of 24 hours! Creativity is encouraged - in past versions of Odyssey Live, some groups have taken turns reading from a podium, while others have added props and costumes, and still others have brought along musical instruments.
There is no admission fee to this event - donations for Halifax Humanities will be gratefully accepted at the door, and teams will be collecting pledges leading up to the event!
If you would like to pledge your support, please visit us here! If you're supporting a particular Odyssey Live team, be sure to indicate which one in the message box.
Your donations will help Halifax Humanities continue to provide free, non-credit, university-level courses in the humanities to adults living on low incomes in the HRM.

'Each Book A Drum - Ten Years of Halifax Humanities'

On May 28, at the University of Kings' College we launched our tenth anniversary anthology, Each Book a Drum. This volume celebrates 10 years of a unique and life-transforming educational experience where adults living on low incomes come together with university professors to discuss and read together great texts of Western Civilization such as Homer's Odyssey, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Othello, and Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. A great read for those who care about education and who want to take a journey of the mind as seen from very different points of view. We are honoured that George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto, and Honourary Patron of Halifax Humanities, has written our preface.
It is now available in Halifax at BookMark on Spring Garden Rd. and at the University of Kings College Bookstore. It is also available from Amazon.ca

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24 Teams of readers including politicians, media personalities, university presidents, professors and students, and even high school students raised $24,000 in 24 hours!Check us out on YouTube! Click on the images below to zoom in.

Premier Darrell Dexter is welcomed to Odyssey Live by Halifax Humanities Director, Mary Lu Reden and Board Chairman, Brian Flemming.

Bill Barker, President of Kings
reading Book 2

Premier Darrell Dexter reads the opening of Book 4 with the team representing independent bookstores in Halifax. Introducing the team is Brian Flemming, Chairman of Halifax Humanities 101

Alexa McDonough of MSVU
reading Book 2

Book 20 was presented with great dramatic flair by the NDP team calling themselves "The Ruling Party". The book was acted out by MLAs Howard Epstein, Leonard Preyra and Lenore Zann, with stage manager Mary MacLachlan and director Mary Vingoe

McInnes Cooper Law Team

MLA Lenore Zann in full cry as the goddess Athena robed in purple.

Check us out on YouTube!


From Oct. 3 – 5th, 2008 the first annual conference of Clemente programs in Canada was held at the University of Calgary .

Earl Shorris was the featured speaker. Helen Langille, one of 2 class valedictorians from the very first class of Halifax Humanities 101, attended along with the Director, Mary Lu Redden. It was wonderful to meet and have dialogue with representatives from the 10 Clemente style programs across Canada . The programs have different courses of study and administrative structures, but all are committed to the vision of bringing the best Humanities education to those whose low incomes make university education inaccessible.

For more on this conference and what was learned, please click here.

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