Programs

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American Democracy Lecture

"Why Religious Freedom is a Universal, Necessary, and Dangerous Idea" Lecture given by Timothy Shah

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:00 pm Hostetter Chapel


Teachers and Scholars

An innovative program of professional development that brings together college faculty and secondary school teachers in a Humanities-based program which provides seminars designed to connect them to the world of scholarship.  

Teachers as Scholars

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Pennsylvania High School Speech League

Debate and Individual Events Days are regional forensics competitions involving students from many middle school and high school districts in Central Pennsylvania, which are sponsored by the Pennsylvania High School Speech League and hosted by the Center at Messiah College. 


History Day

A regional competition involving students from many middle school and high school districts in Central Pennsylvania, in which these students present their work on a variety of topics and using various media.

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Teachers as Scholars Summer Seminars (June 16-20, 2014)

Teachers as Scholars is an innovative program of professional development that brings together college faculty and secondary school teachers in a Humanities-based program which provides seminars designed to connect them to the world of scholarship.  This year there are four seminars to choose from and a 1-day digital toolbox workshop.  Each seminar takes place over 2 days, for a total of 10 hours ACT 48 credit. Seminars are the week of June 16th, 2014. 


View the 2014 brochure.

Register for the 2014 Teachers as Scholars program

Spring Humanities Symposium

The annual Spring Humanities Symposium is held every Spring semester (during the fourth week of February) as a week-long campus-wide conversation centered on a common theme and with a keynote speaker.  The list of our Spring Humanities Symposia to date can be found under Humanities Symposium Archive:

2014 - Resilience, Sustainability and the Humanities: Re-imagining the Future 
Majora Carter, Keynote speaker on Thursday Feb 27, 2014 "Home(town) Security" 


Hoverter Course in the Humanities

This liberal arts bridging course provides access to higher education for those whose circumstances have prevented them from considering a college education. The Hoverter Course in the Humanities provides tuition-free, collegiate instruction for credit to economically and educationally underserved individuals, 18 years of age and older, who are either high school graduates or GED recipients. The hope is that a humanities-based exposure to higher education will equip students with basic liberal arts skills and encourage them to aspire to college study. Course participants receive instruction in five humanities disciplines (writing, communication, critical & ethical thinking, American history & civics, and creative arts) from experienced college faculty members.

  • Classes meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Semester 1 runs September to December; Semester 2 runs February to May
  • Classes will be held at the Downey School, 1313 Monroe Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
  • Students receive free books
  • Childcare will be provided on site
  • 6 college credits will be awarded for those that successfully complete both semesters

To apply, complete the application found here, and a one-page essay.  Applications may be mailed to:
Messiah College
Center for Public Humanities
One College Ave Suite 3024
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

To show our appreciation for the kind support of the Lawrence L. and Julia Z. Hoverter Charitable Foundation, we have named this program the Hoverter Course in the Humanities.

American Democracy Lecture

"Why Religious Freedom is a Universal, Necessary, and Dangerous Idea" lecture given by Timothy Shah

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:00 pm Hostetter Chapel
Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required

Timothy Shah is at the forefront of religion in international relations.  His new book "God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics" is the first to truly address this issue as a frontal matter in academic scholarship.

History Day

History Day is a regional competition involving students from many middle school and high school districts in Central Pennsylvania. Students present their work on a variety of topics and using various media (essays, oral presentations, video documentaries, web pages, and dramatic performances), with finalists chosen to continue to the state History Day finals at Millersville University.

For more information about the Pennsylvania National History Day, click here: http://pa.nhd.org/index.htm

Pennsylvania High School Speech League Debate & Individual Events Days

Debate and Individual Events Days are regional forensics competitions involving students from many middle school and high school districts in Central Pennsylvania, which are sponsored by the Pennsylvania High School Speech League and hosted by the Center at Messiah College.                                                                                                        
For more information about the Pennsylvania High School Speech League, click here: http://phssl.org/

Film Series

Films screened in our own campus cinema. This can take the form of a semester-long series on a common theme as well as the annual film series tied to the Spring Humanities Symposium theme.