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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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

Teagle Foundation Awards Clemente a Grant for Youth Programming

The Teagle Foundation has awarded Clemente a $37,000 grant for its “Pathways to the Liberal Arts” initiative. The grant will enable Clemente to undertake an in-depth review of affiliate programs geared toward youth and determine how best to expand those programs to other locations.

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Meet Lamont Smith

New York City Graduate, 1997

Lamont Smith’s journey to being an Emmy Award-winning video editor for NBC Sports included time spent pushing a mail room cart, fetching coffee, and working full-time without pay. It also included two semesters spent studying the humanities in one of the first Clemente Courses in 1996.

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Meet Patricia Nerison

Literature Professor, Jefferson Clemente, Port Townsend, WA

Pat Nerison was about to step down after years of teaching composition and literature in community colleges when she was introduced to the Jefferson Clemente Course in Port Townsend, WA. Jefferson Clemente founder (and current Clemente Executive Director) Lela Hilton made a presentation about the new program and Pat was sold. That was in 2000.

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