If you've spent time with Clemente on Facebook or Twitter this fall, you've seen our #Clemente25 campaign, highlighting 25 years of Clemente and its graduates across the country. We've had so much fun sharing photos, milestones, and highlights from our courses around the country. Central to that campaign has been #25lessonsfor25years, a compendium of what we've learned in bringing humanities classes to adults over a quarter century. Our academic directors and staff put their
In the spring of 1996, the Clemente Course in the Humanities graduated its first class in a ceremony attended by New York City Mayor David Dinkins. The radical idea championed by Clemente founder Earl Shorris had come to life. Since that first course, Clemente has grown and evolved into a network of programs spanning the globe that has served as a turning point for tens of thousands of students. "From the moment I stepped into that class, they made me feel that I was worthy.