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Exploring Liberal Arts Beyond the Academy

The Foundation recently had the opportunity to connect two of the grantees in our Liberal Arts Beyond the Academy special initiative, to talk about their experiences of bringing the humanities well beyond traditional classroom settings. Lela Hilton, Program Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc., and Ann Kowal Smith, Founder & Executive Director of Books@Work, agreed to let us eavesdrop on their conversation. The Clemente Course in the Humanities brings free humanities education to people living in economic distress.

Books@Work provides professor-led literature seminars to workplaces and community settings. Specifically, we asked the leaders of these organizations how the element of surprise plays into the work they do every day.


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