Clemente In the News

Sep 1, 2016

Back in 2008 Adaline Russell joined a handful of other students at the first Clemente course offered at VIU. The grandmother of six vividly recalls the first days she became a VIU student. She says during that time in her life she was severely depressed. Despite this, when she heard about the Clemente course she found the strength to put her name in.

“At the time my mental health support worker drove me to and from the classroom because I couldn’t get there on my own,” said Russell. “After three weeks we were on our way home and she looked at me and said: ‘My goodness, you have a smile on your face!’ I thought about it and said: ‘Yes, I am really enjoying what I’m learning.’ I was finally being stimulated intellectually and I realized that was what was missing from my life.”

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Aug 20, 2016
As the academic year opens at colleges across the country, one important group of students will be underrepresented in classrooms: returning adults. The missing students may have both the abilities and the motivation to pursue degrees. But many are shut out of higher education because of debt owed to schools they attended years, even decades, earlier.More ...

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Flying on the wings of knowledge.

Clemente Course on NPR

Beth Fertig, WNYC

National Endowment for the Humanities features
the Clemente Course

"The world improves when each one of us becomes better. The Odyssey Project achieves one of the kindest acts: it encourages us to look within ourselves, to seek a better world and the most important, it gives us hope to find it."

Luis Tafolla,
Odyssey Project, Chicago,IL

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Earl Shorris visits Buenos Aires

Nov 11, 2010
A recent visit to Argentina
Earl Shorris shares an encounter with teenagers, talking about the Allegory of the Cave (from Plato's Republic) and asks the question: Do you wish to start the path of wisdom? 

Shorris is the founder of the Clemente Course in the Humanities,  a college level course aimed at people living in poverty, and to help them develop critical thinking, argumentative capacity, evaluate the taste for art, reflect on history, logic, known works of literature, and apply this new ability to thinking in any field. The Course is free and today is taught in 17 states in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Africa and Australia.
Earl Shorris Visits Brazil

Shorris is in Las Tunas, which is a barrio in Tigre, part of greater Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He is meeting with high school students and teachers from the University of San Andrés.