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A newly released five-year study shows that Mass Humanities' Clemente Course is changing more than just minds—it's changing lives.
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I saw a posting in the local Bay State Banner for the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Initially I called my friend Gillian to see if she would be interested in being a participant. She said what about you?
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Many teenage mothers who have dropped out of high school and live in poverty likely have their hands full providing for their children. Pondering the ideas of ancient philosophers and writing essays about art history may be low on the priority list for many of them
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The Warrior’s Heart, the Life and Legacy of Joan of Arc
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COLLEEN CARROLL worked for years at a sawmill in northern British Columbia, until, in 1993, a lung condition forced her to retire. The following year, a stroke decimated her short-term memory, so she moved to Vancouver to be closer to her sons, whom she had raised on her own. She rented a $350 bachelor apartment at the corner of Main and Hastings, the heart of the Downtown Eastside. “I was in pretty bad shape,” she says. When she heard that Humanities 101 (Hum for short) was taking students, she signed up. She had always wanted to go to university but never had the money.
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HOLYOKE, Mass. — The statistics don’t paint a pretty picture of Holyoke. It has the highest rates of birth, poverty, unemployment and high school dropouts, respectively, in the state of Massachusetts. So why is The Care Center, a Holyoke organization that helps poor women get their GED, using Shakespeare and Plato as their guides?
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Teen mothers are getting a taste of the prep school experience, replete with studying the classics from Dante to Shakespeare, through an innovative program in Massachusetts.

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The Holyoke program is based on the belief that exposure to art, literature, history and philosophy can be life-changing for young people who have grown up in what executive director Anne Teschner calls "the quicksand of poverty."

Pictured left to right, Brendaliz Rivera, who is working on her GED, Anne Teschner, executive director, and Tashia Davis, a student at Holyoke Community College, will represent The Care Center of Holyoke when the organization receives a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from first lady Michelle Obama in Washington.

 


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Charleston Clemente Project: Hope Through the Humanities
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Their approach to helping those stuck at the bottom of society involves enriching the mind to foster confidence and a love of learning.
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A lifelong learner, Ethel Stafford graduates from Extension School with plans for new career.
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A benefit for the Trident Clemente course
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Eighth Annual Event as Inspiring and Uplifting as Ever
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Humanities in Perspective graduates 15
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The Champaign-Urbana, and North and South Side of Chicago Courses are now recruiting. For more information, please check the course sites in our Course Directory, under COURSES.
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Edgar Allan Poe Play to Benefit Charleston Clemente Course at TTC
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The Civic Knowledge Project presents, "Taking Education to the Streets"
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It Takes Courage to Complete Clemente
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Homeless, disadvantaged soak up knowledge in humanities class
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A panel discussion featuring distinguished representatives from leading community organizations in Chicago involved in the development of Promise Zone initiatives:

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