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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 Veterans Take a Virtual Walking Tour

Sometimes what's needed is a camera and a little ingenuity.  In the Providence Clemente Veterans' Initiative (CVI), a planned walking tour of Providence's war memorials appeared impossible after shelter in place rules were enacted. But art history professor Suzanne Scanlan thought otherwise. 

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Holyoke Grad Featured in Oprah Magazine

A prompt from her Clemente writing professor planted the seed for the essay Jacqueline Velez published this month in O, The Oprah Magazine, “I Survived 20 Days in Solitary Confinement: Here’s How I Got Through.”

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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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