2016 Clemente Course Graduate, Mary Lou Fields
Now in our 4th year of service to the Springfield area, the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities works to create a bridge to higher education and to promote the personal growth, development, and enrichment of students in preparation for fuller participation in the economic and political life of our community.
The course is multi-faceted with sections on:
all taught by dedicated local professors from the Five College area.
Together, these disciplines offer space for intellectual exploration, encourage dialogue and reasoned argument, critical thinking and analysis, and foster the development of written and oral expression. Perhaps most importantly, the Clemente Course aims to make accessible college-level course work, thereby demystifying these academic spaces and increasing students’ confidence in their own intellectual abilities.
Thanks to the generous support of donors like Mass Humanities and our partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Center, this course is free of charge and those students who complete course requirements will receive up to six college credits from Bard College.
Acceptance into the Clemente Course includes a scholarship covering the cost of childcare, transportation, tutoring, and books.
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This humanities course was first developed in 1995 by Earl Shorris for low-income people at the Roberto Clemente Center in Manhattan, and is now implemented nationwide.
The Course is based on the premise that the insights and skills offered by studying traditional humanities disciplines can provide people with crucial tools for gaining control over their lives and becoming engaged in their communities.
Partnering with the Martin Luther King Jr Family Services Center reinforces this message as the programming at the community center works to build healthy communities, make deeper connections, and provide accessible education in Springfield.
Classes meet September through May
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.
For more information, email Gina Ocasion at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Arlela Bethel at
Join Us! Students must: