Clemente In the News

Mar 27, 2014

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

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

 

National Endowment for the Humanities features
the Clemente Course

The Art of Freedom by Earl Shorris

Announcing the release of The Art of Freedom: Teaching Humanities to the Poor by Earl Shorris.

Earl Shorris in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010

 REMEMBERING EARL SHORRIS

Earl Shorris Fought Poverty With Knowledge

"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

Welcome

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.

To learn about the origins of the Clemente Course, please read this article (PDF) from the September 1997 issue of Harper's Magazine and Riches for the Poor, both written by Clemente Course founder, Earl Shorris.

Student Voices from Mass Humanities

Brockton Clemente Course Opening with Ken Feinberg

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
More Testimonials

Bard College Latin American Youth Center Course in Washington DC
Students in Darfur
Sudan-Darfur Clemente Course in the Humanities™
Darfur Faculty
Bard College Harlem Clemente Course
Bard College Jefferson County Clemente Course, Port Hadlock, WA
Earl Shorris meets with students and faculty from the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.
Bard College Latin American Youth Center Course in Washington DC
Salt Lake City Venture Course 2009-2010
2010 Graduation, Salt Lake City Venture Course.
Southern Utah University/Cedar City graduation, April 2012
Earl Shorris meets with Chicago Faculty
Orientation at the Children’s Village/Bard College Clemente Course for the Humanities in Harlem, September 2013
  • Bard College Latin American Youth Center Course in Washington DC
  • Students in Darfur
  • Sudan-Darfur Clemente Course in the Humanities™
  • Darfur Faculty
  • Bard College Harlem Clemente Course
  • Bard College Jefferson County Clemente Course, Port Hadlock, WA
  • Earl Shorris meets with students and faculty from the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.
  • Bard College Latin American Youth Center Course in Washington DC
  • Salt Lake City Venture Course 2009-2010
  • 2010 Graduation, Salt Lake City Venture Course.
  • Southern Utah University/Cedar City graduation, April 2012
  • Earl Shorris meets with Chicago Faculty
  • Orientation at the Children’s Village/Bard College Clemente Course for the Humanities in Harlem, September 2013