"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 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.
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. 04-02-2019 https://clementecourse.org/news/131/155/Clemente-Awarded-Two-NEH-Grants
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is offering a college-level introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, critical thinking, and writing—again this fall in Kingston, New York, to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. 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 September 28 through May at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY 12401.
Applicants must be 17 years of age or older; living in a low-income household; able to read a newspaper in English; highly motivated and committed; and have the time and desire to attend classes regularly, complete assignments outside of class, and participate fully in the course for the entire nine-month term.
“Clemente restored my faith in my ability to learn and showed me that my opportunity to engage information on a college level was not lost because I am older and was unable to complete college the first time around,” said Jewel Walcott, a Wappingers Falls resident and 2015 graduate of the Kingston course, who now works in the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs at Bard. “Being a part of Clemente helped erase the regret, guilt and even shame that existed before. My classmates, young and old, inspired me and my professors still encourage me. That means the world to me. That experience was as valuable as any degree, for me.” 08-28-2017 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2926
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. The Clemente Course, in its sixth year at the Kingston Library, offers a cost-free college-level introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, critical thinking and writing—to Ulster County residents living on low incomes. The Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union grant will support student expenses such as books and childcare. Students who successfully complete the yearlong course can earn six free transferable Bard College credits. 04-30-2017 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2904
"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."