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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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“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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Meet Mateo Gonzalez

2014 Odyssey Project Graduate and Book Club Facilitator

Mateo Gonzalez was always drawn to literature, but before enrolling in El Proyecto Odisea—the Spanish-language program of the Odyssey Project—he’d never had to chance to study it formally. 

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Meet Katherine Davis

2009 Odyssey Project Graduate and Smart Museum Docent

Even by telephone, Katherine Davis’s voice envelopes you. That’s not surprising, given that the celebrated blues singer and Odyssey Project graduate has performed around the world for 40 years. 

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Meet Anna Mangahas

2006 Odyssey Project Graduate, Community Organizer at ONE Northside

For Anna Mangahas, the richness of the classroom community in Chicago’s Odyssey Project was a powerful motivator. 

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