This is a moving slideshow with audio featuring two students from the MA Humanities Clemente Course.
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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.
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.
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.
Charleston Clemente Course
It's 5:50 p.m. on a Thursday night at Trident Tech's Palmer Campus. Young students in trendy leggings lounge outside their classrooms, waiting until the last minute to go in. Others, in scrubs, sit silently at their desks, wishing the class would start and end soon so that they can go home.
Room 228 at the downtown campus, however, is different. It's already full of students, full of energy.