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Educational Programming


Our understanding of what learning means and where it takes place has shifted radically over the past twenty years. This is partially due to the proliferation of online educational and informational possibilities including online classes, youtube videos, and podcasts. Technological advances point to a deeper change in understanding. Humans are always engaged in learning, or reinforcing prior learning, in ways that have little to do with K-12, or a 2 or 4 year college education program.

The Center for Humanist Inquiries values education as an intentional lifelong pursuit. In order to equip people to experience the second half of life, CHI promotes and develops educational opportunities designed to introduce the concepts and tools important to the wisdom traditions throughout human history in a format appropriate to a modern, secular world. The core of each CHI workshop is an exploration of the depth of what it means to be human.  These explorations involve expanding the sense of what humanness can mean by exploring the gifts of the humanities—especially those that exist on the margins of critical and creative thinking.

Pedagogical Design:

The Center for Humanist Inquiries can provide assistance in personalizing and developing educational programs for organizational contexts that are situated outside of traditional learning communities. These individually tailored designs take into consideration target audiences, desired content, and venue spaces to provide ideas for sustainable and engaging lessons and classes that equip your audience or organization to develop a deeper appreciation of what you offer. Whether a childhood educational program, a church, an arts venue, a city, a library, a bookstore, a business, or a bar—CHI’s innovative and interdisciplinary staff will listen to your needs, account for your resources, and provide suggestions to guide you into your future.

Course Design:

CHI can help develop your own humanities inflected professional classes or workshops. Daniel and other staff at CHI will provide guidance about how to structure your workshops to provide a full learning experience for participants, provide examples of activities that integrate your ideas into the audience, talk through advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of handouts, and provide feedback on practice presentations.

Workshop Presentations:

Daniel and collaborators with CHI frequently present workshops around the Eastern Iowa area. For a list of upcoming workshops, see events. These workshops integrate an emphasis in self-awareness, advanced skills in the humanities (critical reading, writing, thinking, speaking), thematic content grounded in psychology and religion, and application of this in everyday life.