"Every week we come committed, trying to find our voice. We all take risks beyond what is imaginable. For several hours each week, we put aside our daily lives and are encouraged to reach deep down inside and build on what we already possess."
The White House has announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. Through a 20-year partnership with Bard College and other leading colleges and universities, the Clemente Course has offered a tuition-free, college-level course in the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes who have limited access to college education in communities throughout the United States. 09-08-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2716 Photo by Ralph Alswang, courtesy of National Endowment for the Humanities
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is now accepting applications for its free college-level course in the humanities this fall in Kingston, New York. The course offers a rigorous introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost, and tuition, books, and childcare will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from October 1 to May 31, at the Kingston Library. 08-20-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2713
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston is now accepting applications for its 2014–2015 program at the Kingston Library. Now entering its fourth year, the program offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. Tuition, books, childcare, and transportation (within the Kingston area) will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. 08-29-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2594
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston, which offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes, has won grants from two local banks to support student expenses for the 2013–2014 program. The Ulster Savings Bank Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,475 grant and First Niagara Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to support student expenses such as transportation, books, and childcare. 09-10-2013 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2467
Bard College's Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free program for low-income students, has received a $2,475 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. The funds will support transportation for participants in the 2013–2014 course in Kingston, New York. The Clemente Course has locations around the United States and internationally, offering a yearlong, accredited, college-level program in classic works of literature, history, and philosophy. 06-24-2013 http://www.ulstersavings.com/home/misc/communitygiving
"People need to be inspired. People need an avenue. The Clemente Course exposes us to things that we can hold on to and remember and that we can pass on and enrich our own lives. It's something beyond getting six credits. It's something that exposes us to things that can help us in other ways."
"Before I found the Clemente Course, my life was heading nowhere very fast. I had dropped out of high school and was in a gang. I felt helpless and powerless to change my life around. I went from a high school drop out to someone who was awarded a full scholarship to attend a school with an outstanding academic reputation."
"I don't feel like I'm on the outside of anyone's conversation anymore."
"I feel like there is a war going on in me. There is the underworld that's pulling at me, that's telling me there's so much to do, so much excitement from moment to moment. But when I read these books, I feel like I'm feeding my brain, and I know there's this other world where people have their lives in order and it's sunlight. I am a little amazed when I go into cafes to read books because I feel that people are looking at me with respect, like they never suspected that I would be capable of not being a loser."
"I have gained a new respect for myself and confidence to continue my education. I took great joy in sharing every subject with family and friends. I even forced Hobbes on my co-workers."