Humanities For Everybody

Building Communities Through Knowledge

August 1st, 2016

Humanities for Everybody (H4E) provides free humanities courses taught by experienced WMU faculty to members of the Kalamazoo community.

Our team of volunteers are united in the belief that all members of the community deserve access to a quality education in the humanities. Our mission is to bring together passionate and intellectually curious people from all backgrounds and all school experiences to collectively wrestle with relevant ideas and issues in literature, history, philosophy and contemporary culture.

Our conversational approach invites participants to ask questions, take intellectual risks, explore issues in depth, develop new academic skills and habits of mind, and gain a public voice.  We also hope to build strong and lasting relationships.

All participants in the program will receive free books, tuition, and supplies. There are no age or citizenship requirements for this program. Active participants are also encouraged to request assistance with their college or job applications, including references and letters of recommendation written by H4E faculty.

Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00pm at our new location on 811 S Westnedge, right across from Fourth Coast Coffee and the Bagel shop.


Our 2017-2018 Courses

Dr. Thomas Bailey

Michigan Places, Michigan Childhoods (Sept. 19  to Oct. 19)

Dr. Ben Wilson

The Black Image in the White Mind (Oct 24 to Nov 21)

Dr. Mitch Kachun

City on a Hill? An Exploration of American Exceptionalism (Jan 16 to Feb 15)

Dr. Mariam Konaté

Women, Globalization, and Social Change (Feb. 27 to March 30)


H4E Documentary

Theresa Jackson, a talented Kalamazoo filmmaker and H4E alumna, created this documentary about our program. The film premiered after our graduation celebration on April 19th, 2016.



  • Linda Cook MacDonald says on: September 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm


    I picked up information about your program while at the Bank Street Farmers’ Market this morning. I have read through the materials, and feel excited about the course offerings. As I told the young man at the kiosk this morning, I’m already booked on Tuesday evenings for the fall term as I am taking a creative writing class at the KIA which I’ve already paid for. But I would really like to register for the two courses offered in 2017. May I register just for the winter term courses. The others look fantastic, but I cannot alter my fall schedule. I’ll register and you let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks.

    • Tim Erskine says on: September 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm


      Excellent Linda. I responded to you via email and I’ll make sure to put you on the list. Thanks so much for your interest!

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