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The Clemente Course in the Humanities

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 10,000 students worldwide have participated in a Clemente course.

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Clemente Veterans' Initiative

“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 - A Bard College Clemente Course

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Recent News

Meet Carl Chandler

Graduate, Grandfather, and Harvard Student

Carl Chandler is profiled in the new documentary film, Invisible, which focuses on the Boston Clemente Course. We meet him in two moments. 

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Meet Sarah Bregler

Providence Clemente Veterans' Initiative Graduate, 2019

“We react to an experience based on what we believe is real,” Sarah Bregler told students in the Providence Clemente Veterans’ Initiative (CVI) during a discussion of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”

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Summer Newsletter Features Graduates from Coast to Coast

Our summer edition of the Clemente Quarterly gathers photos of graduates from Clemente Courses across the country. Read on to meet some of those we celebrated this spring and summer.

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