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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Meet Arendt Speser

Academic Director, Clemente Course, Port Townsend, WA

Dr. Arendt Speser

There’s a new kid on the Clemente block. In 2017, Dr. Arendt Oak Speser joined the team as the new academic director of Jefferson Clemente. He’s the program’s second director, stepping into the role vacated by Clemente National Program Director Lela Hilton, who founded the Port Townsend, WA, program in 1999.

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Meet Corey Saffold

2006 Graduate, Odyssey Project in Madison, WI

Around the state of Wisconsin, people travel to hear Corey Saffold speak.

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American Family Insurance funds a counselor to work with Odyssey Project students

American Family Insurance funds a counselor to work with Odyssey Project students

With a free humanities class, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Odyssey Project helps low-income adults overcome obstacles to higher education.

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