IPRH and Urbana-Champaign

As the humanities center in a major land grant university, IPRH is bound to develop and cultivate relationships and partnerships in the local community.

Prime among these is the Odyssey Project, which offers a 32-week college-credit-granting humanities program to income-eligible adults in Champaign-Urbana. Typically offered in the evenings, Odyssey courses are free to enrolled students, and include books, dinner, and transportation. The program is open to students 18 or older, regardless of whether they have completed a high school education at the time of enrollment.

IPRH supports the work of the Education Justice Project, which is a model college-in-prison project run through the Danville Correctional Center.

We also hold an annual Work-In, typically in early December, where we invite a variety of local organizations to showcase their activities and concerns with each other and with faculty and staff and students on campus. The purpose is to bring together people who are committed to in civic engagement and who seek to share what they are doing in Urbana-Champaign and the regional community with a broad set of publics. This year’s Work-In is scheduled for the evening of December 3, 2019.

The vast majority of the events we sponsor at IPRH are free and open to the public. We are always interested in hearing ideas for programming and for community connection and engagement. As above, please send any queries or correspondence to iprh@illinois.edu.