At the Stanford Humanities Center, a young student presents from a podium.

Stanford Humanities Circle

Engage in humanistic conversations with instructors and peers.

For local middle and high school students passionate about history, literature, or philosophy, Stanford Humanities Circle offers a chance to read and discuss important concepts in the humanities in a structured after-school format.

Stanford Humanities Circle invites middle and high school students interested in exploring the big questions at the heart of humanistic study. These discussion- and activity-based classes allow students to engage with each other and with Stanford graduate students and faculty to hone their critical thinking skills.

What is an enrichment "Circle"?

Circles are weekly gatherings that follow a model of education that emphasizes discussion and group problem solving. Our enrichment circles are evening after-school programs that are meant to supplement students' schoolwork and help students develop the creative and critical problem solving that drives developments in a given field. Because they are held on campus and involve a great deal of group interaction, they are only offered to local students. 

Spring Quarter 2018 (Middle School)
Fall Quarter 2018: TBD
Winter Quarter 2019: TBD
Spring Quarter 2018
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Non-Credit Enrichment
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