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In honor of Veterans Day, Clemente Veterans' Initiative literature professor Johnny Horton writes about the rich community of the CVI classroom at Antioch University Seattle in this opinion piece in Crosscut.


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2014 Odyssey Project Graduate and Book Club Facilitator

Mateo Gonzalez was always drawn to literature, but before enrolling in El Proyecto Odisea—the Spanish-language program of the Odyssey Project—he’d never had to chance to study it formally. 


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2009 Odyssey Project Graduate and Smart Museum Docent

Even by telephone, Katherine Davis’s voice envelopes you. That’s not surprising, given that the celebrated blues singer and Odyssey Project graduate has performed around the world for 40 years. 


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2006 Odyssey Project Graduate, Community Organizer at ONE Northside

For Anna Mangahas, the richness of the classroom community in Chicago’s Odyssey Project was a powerful motivator. 


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Professor of Literature in El Proyecto Odisea

On Wednesday evenings, Miguel Martinez would arrive in the Odisea classroom feeling tired after a full day of teaching and meetings at the University of Chicago. 


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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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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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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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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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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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Graduate, Grandfather, and Harvard Student

Carl Chandler is profiled in the new documentary film, A Reckoning in Boston, which focuses on the Boston Clemente Course. We meet him in two moments. 


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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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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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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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The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that Clemente is among its 2019 grant recipients, awarding two grants totaling $198,930 to expand its work in the NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative. The grants will grow the Clemente Veterans' Initiative to three new sites.


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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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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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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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Original article: The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keena Atkinson ’15 knows what it means to persevere. Before she became a UW-Madison graduate and was recruited by a major corporation, she was a homeless, single mother. What changed her life trajectory?


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Graduate of Odyssey Junior in Madison, WI

At the NAACP office in Washington, D.C., where she is interning this fall, Trea Vance collects stories of racial discrepancies in the criminal justice system. A junior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in political science and legal studies, her work in Washington has furthered her resolve to go to law school. As an attorney—and ultimately a judge—she believes she can make a difference.


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