"We Are One Inside Out" project and Clemente Humanities course builds student confidence, fosters future leaders
Jorge Rojas, Clemente Humanities instructor and lead advisor on the “We are One Inside Out” project, stood high above 1300 East on a lift cleaning an outside wall of East High School. He was covered in wheat paste and working tirelessly hanging 100 black and white photos representing ethnic diversity at East High School and the “new face” of Salt Lake City.
Read more at 24saltlake.com
Teaching on campus and off
For years, Tim McCarthy has lectured students in Dorchester, in a program where he now has an endowed chair. Read Harvard Gazette Story
National Endowment for the Humanities features
the Clemente Course
Announcing the release of The Art of Freedom: Teaching Humanities to the Poor by Earl Shorris.
REMEMBERING EARL SHORRIS
"Today is very hard but not impossible to find people like Mr Shorris. I'm a student from Odyssey Project. I was invisible to people because even though I was educating my self, I know it wasn't enough. Today I found my track thanks to the humanities. There's really professional teachers to help us to develop our skills. Let us know the we are no poor when one is educated. I'm very excited to see the way Odyssey has changed my life, and the people who is around me. I'm no invisible anymore. And don't feel poor anymore. The most important thing is that I'm taking my classes in Español, here in Chicago."
Richard Torres, Odyssey Project, Chicago
A Bard College 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, 2013 Odyssey Project graduate, Chicago
A Bard College Clemente Course
The Clemente Course in the Humanities® is a unique educational institution founded in 1995 to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in economic distress.
The course works in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges and universities on five continents. Students learn through dialogue about moral philosophy, literature, history, art history, critical thinking, and writing.
More than ten thousand students worldwide have attended a Clemente course, and over fifty percent have successfully completed it.
The aim of the course is to bring the clarity and beauty of the humanities to people who have been deprived of these riches through economic, social, or political forces. While the course is not intended as preparation for college, many students have gone on to two- and four-year colleges.
There is no tuition; books are provided, and the college credits offered in most courses are readily transferable to other institutions.
In addition to free tuition and books, access to child care and transportation is provided without charge.
Student Voices from Mass Humanities
Several times during this course I've heard discussions about the value of a humanities course as opposed to a more practical, pragmatic program. The problem with practical instruction is that the role of giver and receiver never changes. If you are teaching someone math, it is highly unlikely that you will learn something new about math from your student. In the humanities however, the role of giver and receiver is constantly shifting. Whoever is speaking at the time becomes the giver. This can be a very empowering and validating experience for people in low income situations like us. We are used to being seen as the receiver and are rarely valued for our life experience or our opinions. Being able to share something of ourselves and being validated for this can change our minds about who we are and this change will manifest throughout our lives.
2011 Halifax Humanities 101 Graduate, Halifax, NS, Canada