WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE HUMANITIES?
The course is based on the idea that the insights and skills offered by studying the humanities can provide us with crucial tools for gaining control over our lives and becoming engaged in our communities.
By reading, viewing, and discussing works inspired by military conflicts throughout history, CVI students will have an opportunity to create conversational bridges to help mend the divides that often separate us.
WHAT WILL CLASS TO BE LIKE?
The class will be led by the academic director, Michael Farnum and college professors Kevin O’Brien and Mike Rings. A peer facilitator will also help lead class discussion and offer support. We will begin each evening with a light meal, check-ins, and a writing exercise. What follows will vary from class to class, but expect lots of discussion about texts such as:
- Plato, Republic
- Shakespeare, Henry V
- Pericles, “Funeral Oration”
- Frederick Douglass, “What to a Slave is the 4th of July”
- Homer, The Odyssey
Rest assured, there will never be a quiz, test, or exam in class. Your performance will be assessed through your class participation and written assignments.
WHERE AND WHEN WILL CLASSES BE HELD?
Classes will be held at the Hauge Administration Building room 204a on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. CVI PLU will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm from February 24 through May 13, 2020. Regular attendance helps build classroom community, and it is mandatory to earn the college credit offered by Bard College.
IS IT REALLY FREE?
Yes! The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two grants to the Clemente Course in the Humanities to expand their work in the NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative. Courses will be held in the spring of 2020 in Houston, TX; Newark, NJ; and Tacoma, WA.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The course is geared toward veterans. US veterans from all branches, regardless of discharge status, gender, or deployment may apply. Civilians may apply, too.
You do not need a high school diploma, GED, or college experience to apply. Applicants should want to connect to a larger community through reading and discussion and possess basic literacy skills.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Apply online here.
WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
Email the Academic Director, Michael Farnum, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (253) 535-7412 between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.
“The humanities provide the most practical education. The humanities teach us to think reflectively.”
— Earl Shorris, founder of the Clemente Course in the Humanities