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

Meet Sarah Bregler

Providence Clemente Veterans' Initiative Graduate, 2019

“We react to an experience based on what we believe is real,” Sarah Bregler told students in the Providence Clemente Veterans’ Initiative (CVI) during a discussion of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”

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Summer Newsletter Features Graduates from Coast to Coast

Our summer edition of the Clemente Quarterly gathers photos of graduates from Clemente Courses across the country. Read on to meet some of those we celebrated this spring and summer.

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Meet Jo McEntee

Illinois Humanities' Odyssey Project Graduate, 2014

One childhood summer, Jo McEntee, recipient of the EJ Hendricks Outstanding Alumna Award, read 40 books. For her reading was a way to explore the world. Years later as a graduate of Odyssey, it became a way of fostering community as well.

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