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Mar 17, 2017

Jeb Wyman presents

Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning after War

7:00 pm, Thursday, April 13, 2017, Key Center Library, Lakebay, WA



What is the true nature of war, and how does the experience of war affect the human heart? How have the myths and realities of combat, and the invisible wounds of war, been portrayed over the ages?


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Dec 10, 2016

Congratulations to Jean Cheney and her colleagues from the Venture Course in Utah.


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Dec 9, 2016

Harlem Clemente Professor of Literature G.D. Peters, just named as Lehman College's Adjunct Professor of the Year.


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Dec 2, 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.


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Dec 2, 2016

December 2, 2016.  Marina van Zuylen was on a panel representing Clemente, “Great Books” and Civic Education, at a conference to celebrate the centennial of John Dewey’s classic Democracy and Education (1916) at Columbia’s Center for American Studies. 


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Dec 1, 2016

The Foundation recently had the opportunity to connect two of the grantees in our Liberal Arts Beyond the Academy special initiative, to talk about their experiences of bringing the humanities well beyond traditional classroom settings. Lela Hilton, Program Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc., and Ann Kowal Smith, Founder & Executive Director of Books@Work, agreed to let us eavesdrop on their conversation. The Clemente Course in the Humanities brings free humanities education to people living in economic distress.


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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.
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Jun 5, 2016

Join us for a conversation featuring Harlem resident and best-selling author Richard Price, with leaders from three independent not-for-profit programs offering literacy, education, drug, and anti-gun guidance to our most disadvantaged children and young people.


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May 15, 2016
Tamara Thompson Moore was at a crossroads in her life when she was pressured, she says, to apply for the Odyssey Project.
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Jan 25, 2016

Port Townsend, WA: For Port Townsend City Council, two young new council members will replace two who are retiring. For Position 6, Amy Smith, beat her opponent, by a 71.5 percent to 28 percent margin. Amy is a graduate of the Jefferson Clemente Course: "I took this course as a wayward youth; it changed my life."


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Oct 30, 2015
Free Minds, a program of Foundation Communities, is a free, 6 credit college humanities course, for mostly low-income adults. The program is unique because most adults who return to school take skill-based courses, rather than humanities courses. To lower common barriers to education, Free Minds also provides a warm dinner before every evening class, and free childcare.
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Jun 3, 2015

This is one of the four Clemente Courses in Massachusetts sponsored by Mass Humanities.


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May 31, 2015

Halifax Humanities helps those who can’t afford higher education


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May 31, 2015
WORCESTER – After the Worcester Art Museum closed its doors to the public for the day last Tuesday, a small group of scholars set out on a private tour.
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Feb 24, 2015

Should the state allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates?


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Dec 18, 2014
Aristotle described agriculture as “the first and most proper parts of domestic management” in his Poetics. Kafi Dixon, a farmer and student of the Clemente Course, understands the primacy of food, and yet it is her study of the humanities that allowed her to pursue her dream of providing healthy food to her community.
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Dec 12, 2014
Since 2001, I have taught American history in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program accredited by Bard College and offered free of charge to lower income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts. I also teach at Harvard. The driving distance between Harvard Square and Codman Square is less than eight miles, but these neighborhoods can sometimes feel like they're a world apart.
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Oct 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The mentor and mentee sat in a room in the Latin American Youth Center, dreaming of a future neither knew how to fully attain.

“How many jobs do you think you’ve applied for?” Jaime Roberts asked her mentee.

Manuel Hernandez laughed nervously. The question seemed so important, but the goal seemed so futile.

“I stopped counting,” Hernandez said. “Maybe 12? Maybe more?”


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Oct 31, 2014
She may be an expert on Jane Austen and 19th century literature, but University of Wisconsin-Madison English Professor Emily Auerbach's real passion is helping people use education as a springboard out of poverty.
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Sep 3, 2014
Please join me in congratulating Associate Professor Mark Santow from the History Department as the May recipient of CARES (Chancellor's Award Recognizing Excellence in Service).
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Sep 1, 2014
There is a recurring debate that has spilled onto the pages of mainstream media lately about the value of studying the humanities and whether the humanities are "in decline." The two issues are connected, as cultural critic Benjamin Winterhalter pointed out in a terrific essay in The Atlantic online earlier this summer.
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Mar 27, 2014
We Are One Inside Out Project and Clemente Humanities course builds student confidence, fosters future leaders.
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Mar 25, 2014

For years, Tim McCarthy has lectured students in Dorchester, in a program where he now has an endowed chair. Read Harvard Gazette Story


Mar 24, 2014

A group of East High School students are turning their school “Inside Out” this weekend by showcasing the rich ethnic diversity found at their school. Their intent is to encourage mutual respect and unity and to spark conversation about the changing face of Salt Lake City.

The students are members of the new Clemente Humanities course taught at East High and led by Jorge Rojas.

Read more at 24saltlake.com


Mar 14, 2014

Last month, I attended a college-level philosophy class at LAYC where students discussed Plato's concept of school as a place to create and question. Philosophy classes at LAYC? Read post on layc-dc.org.


Jan 20, 2014

The idea came to him in prison. At work in the early 1990s on a book about poverty in America, Earl Shorris, X’54, met an inmate named Viniece Walker. He asked her, "Why do you think people are poor?"

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Dec 8, 2013

Craig Williams had always dreamed of going to college, but at 55, he had given up his dream. Now Craig is one of 30 classmates in CV’s Harlem Clemente Course, part of a national program that provides high level humanities courses free of charge to disadvantaged adults.


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Aug 20, 2013
Esta iniciativa del Concilio de Humanidades de Illinois, ha ofrecido de manera gratuita cursos en las humanidades en inglés y en español para jóvenes y adultos, principalmente aquellos de bajos recursos y con limitaciones de acceso a la educación. El programa además ofrece materiales, libros, pases de transporte y cuidado de niños sin costo.
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May 31, 2013
We are so proud of our graduates!
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May 28, 2013

Tineisha Scott remembers running out of the house in the middle of the night with no shoes on, scared, hiding to get away from the abuse and drug use overrunning her home. As a young man, Corey Saffold found himself racially profiled. Sherri Bester suffered from PTSD and anxiety so extreme she got severe panic attacks during tests.

These three Madisonians faced personal struggles and obstacles that often seemed insurmountable. Fortunately, they also each encountered a class syllabus that included Plato, Whitman, Dickens, Shakespeare and Toni Morrison.


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May 28, 2013

OGDEN — Twelve months ago, Susan Mosteller found herself desperate and considering a drastic life change.

The Kaysville resident said after 13 years of domestic abuse, she was questioning her value and her potential. Despite being jobless, she was considering leaving her marriage.


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May 21, 2013
I was a Creon until I realized that it put me against Antigone. Now I'm not so sure. Last week, listening to public radio, I heard about the protests against the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Apr 18, 2013

Just south of the University of Chicago, at the AKArama Center in Woodlawn, a dozen or so people gather in a seminar room. The room is reminiscent of those in which Nobel laureates and eager college students swap ideas, giving the UofC its reputation as a center for intellectualism. It is sparsely adorned, its tables pushed together to form a hollow square. It is a room designed for focused discussion, for digging into texts, and for exchanging ideas. But the students here are different. Their average age is thirty-nine. Most of them are women. All live at least 150% below the poverty line.


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Apr 17, 2013

In "The Art of Freedom," Earl Shorris describes his efforts to establish a set of courses that would teach the core texts of Western civilization to people living in poverty, whose school experience had scanted the canon or skipped it entirely.


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Mar 15, 2013

Plato's "Euthyphro" can be tough going for anyone. Amy Thomas Elder struggled last year to make the case that the thorny philosophical text had anything to do with the lives of South Side high school freshmen.


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Mar 1, 2013
Do the classics matter? The Common Core State Standards—new, K-12 education rubrics that were rolled out in 2010 and have been implemented in 45 states and Washington, D.C.—seem conflicted about the answer.
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Feb 14, 2013

Amy Thomas Elder lives and breathes education. Has been doing so for most of her 49 years.


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Jan 30, 2013
Announcing the release of Earl Shorris' The Art of Freedom: Teaching Humanities to the Poor
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Dec 14, 2012
Graduates of the Oddyssey Project in Illinois develop photography skills to tell their stories, experiences, perspectives, and emotions.
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Oct 1, 2012
October 2012 edition of The Odyssey Project's Journal, In Media Res. There is a great article about Earl Shorris starting on page 6.
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Sep 11, 2012
They’re the great, eternal ideas which shape the way we think about our lives, our culture and ourselves, but for most of us, the window to learn about the “liberal arts” was open for a few early college years, if that window was even open at all.
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Aug 5, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL was a lost cause for Priscilla Rivera, a child of the downcast mill city of Holyoke, Mass. “I went to school with the attitude, ‘Oh, this is hard, and I’m not going to do it,’ ” Ms. Rivera said recently. “After a while, the teachers gave up on me. They were like, ‘If you don’t want to do your work, just put your head down.’ ”
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Aug 5, 2012
From the Spanish Language Odyssey Project in Chicago. (Note that towards the end of the article, the Google Translate tool translates "credits" as "loans.")
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Jun 14, 2012
Earl Shorris, who died last week, was that rarest of Americans: the patriotic intellectual. I don't mean the sort of patriotism one finds on cable television, nor the hermetic intellectualism of academic conferences.
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Jun 14, 2012
There are 18 of us around a table on the second floor of the Kingston City Public Library.
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May 31, 2012
"We've met for three hours on Wednesday nights from September 7 to now..."
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May 24, 2012

Most 66 years olds have retirement on their minds. Not Sherrie Kimball, though.


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Apr 26, 2012
"When this old world starts getting me down," as the old song goes, and the usual antidotes -- family, friends, writing, and music -- can't soothe my soul, I take comfort in knowing there's one place I can always go that's akin to being "Up on the Roof." And that's my annual engagement with the inspiring students enrolled in UW-Madison's Odyssey Project.
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Apr 16, 2012
“We're going to be breaking records this year in terms of attendance and completion,” says Emily Auerbach, a UW-Madison professor of English and director of the Odyssey Project. “This year all 30 students will be getting the full six credits with nobody getting an incomplete. That's never happened before.”


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Apr 15, 2012
A newly released five-year study shows that Mass Humanities' Clemente Course is changing more than just minds—it's changing lives.
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Apr 15, 2012
I saw a posting in the local Bay State Banner for the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Initially I called my friend Gillian to see if she would be interested in being a participant. She said what about you?
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Apr 15, 2012
Many teenage mothers who have dropped out of high school and live in poverty likely have their hands full providing for their children. Pondering the ideas of ancient philosophers and writing essays about art history may be low on the priority list for many of them
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Mar 15, 2012
The Warrior’s Heart, the Life and Legacy of Joan of Arc
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Feb 21, 2012
COLLEEN CARROLL worked for years at a sawmill in northern British Columbia, until, in 1993, a lung condition forced her to retire. The following year, a stroke decimated her short-term memory, so she moved to Vancouver to be closer to her sons, whom she had raised on her own. She rented a $350 bachelor apartment at the corner of Main and Hastings, the heart of the Downtown Eastside. “I was in pretty bad shape,” she says. When she heard that Humanities 101 (Hum for short) was taking students, she signed up. She had always wanted to go to university but never had the money.
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Feb 21, 2012
HOLYOKE, Mass. — The statistics don’t paint a pretty picture of Holyoke. It has the highest rates of birth, poverty, unemployment and high school dropouts, respectively, in the state of Massachusetts. So why is The Care Center, a Holyoke organization that helps poor women get their GED, using Shakespeare and Plato as their guides?
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Feb 9, 2012
Teen mothers are getting a taste of the prep school experience, replete with studying the classics from Dante to Shakespeare, through an innovative program in Massachusetts.

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Jun 21, 2011
Charleston Clemente Project: Hope Through the Humanities
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Jun 15, 2011
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Their approach to helping those stuck at the bottom of society involves enriching the mind to foster confidence and a love of learning.
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May 29, 2011
A lifelong learner, Ethel Stafford graduates from Extension School with plans for new career.
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May 29, 2011
A benefit for the Trident Clemente course
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May 22, 2011
Eighth Annual Event as Inspiring and Uplifting as Ever
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May 20, 2011
Humanities in Perspective graduates 15
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May 18, 2011
The Champaign-Urbana, and North and South Side of Chicago Courses are now recruiting. For more information, please check the course sites in our Course Directory, under COURSES.
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May 18, 2011
Edgar Allan Poe Play to Benefit Charleston Clemente Course at TTC
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May 9, 2011
The Civic Knowledge Project presents, "Taking Education to the Streets"
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May 9, 2011
It Takes Courage to Complete Clemente
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Mar 8, 2011
Homeless, disadvantaged soak up knowledge in humanities class
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Mar 1, 2011
A panel discussion featuring distinguished representatives from leading community organizations in Chicago involved in the development of Promise Zone initiatives:

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Mar 1, 2011
In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, students bring rich perspectives to the study of university-level humanities.
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Feb 28, 2011

Years ago I sat in yet another interminable college-wide meeting concerning looming budget cuts. Years ago! "Make a case for the Humanities," the President challenged us, quite a believer in the arts herself. I couldn't think of any other way to put my answer: "Study of the Humanities just might save the planet." I am more convinced than ever.


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Feb 17, 2011
Halifax Humanities Fundraiser February 17, 2011.
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Dec 23, 2010

This National Newsletter provides a space where all at the Clemente Australia sites can share their journeys with students, lecturers, Learning Partners, program coordinators and many supporters.



Dec 10, 2010
Artist Jonathan Green to talk to Clemente graduates at the Charleston Clemente Course graduation Dec. 16
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Nov 19, 2010
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project Director Professor Emily Auerbach believes that higher education should be open to all those eager to learn and willing to work, not just to a privileged few.

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Nov 11, 2010
A recent visit to Argentina
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Jul 17, 2010
Chicago Tribune article by Barbara Brotman.
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May 6, 2010
Madison Times article by A. David Dahmer.
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Apr 30, 2010
Standard.net article by Allison Barlow Hess about the Venture program.
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Apr 18, 2010
Kate Brown writes about Southern Utah University's new Venture program.
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Mar 15, 2010
Letter from Memory Holloway about the New Bedford Clemente Program's museum trip.
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Jul 22, 2009
Korea Times article by Bae Ji-sook about humanities for the homeless.
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Jun 11, 2009
Graduation Speech by Halifax Humanities Graduate.
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Mar 1, 2009
Vancouver Foundation article by Paul Heraty about the Nanaimo Clemente Program.
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