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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

Providence Clemente Veterans' Initiative Receives High Honor

Providence CVI has been awarded the Innovation in Humanities Award by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an honor that recognizes the work of the program in making the state a vital place to live and work.

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Clemente Featured on Podcast

Boston Clemente's Jack Cheng appeared on a recent episode of the Creative Minds Out Loud podcast, hosted by Mass Cultural Council. You can hear him talk about Antigone, visiting the Museum of Fine Arts with students, and why the humanities are "dessert."


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A Message of Solidarity

At Clemente we stand with our students and neighbors of color in this critical moment and are aligned with the message shared by Leon Botstein, President of our academic partner, Bard College: "...we must confront the complacency and hypocrisy with which this country has dealt with the systematic injustice based on race that is visible every single day."

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