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 ten thousand students worldwide have attended a Clemente course, and over fifty percent have successfully completed it.

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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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Recent News

When Art and Activism Collide

Co-authored by Clemente's own Vive Griffith

Original post at Safe and Peaceful by Abe Louise Young and Vive Griffith

Young people find voice, power and change

The high school generation is galvanizing people worldwide to demand gun reform, and the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of protestors at the March For Our Lives this spring made their leadership clear.

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Meet George Williams

Graduate, Clemente Veterans' Initiative in Seattle

George Williams is on his way to becoming a psychiatric social worker. He hopes to work with veterans and addicts, people whose lives may not have been so different from his own. He credits his time in a Clemente Veterans’ Initiative class for preparing him to pursue his dream.

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Meet Mark Santow

Academic Director in New Bedford, MA

If you’re looking for Dr. Mark Santow, try a classroom. As founding director of the Clemente Course in New Bedford, MA, and Chair of History at UMass-Dartmouth, he’s got plenty. 

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