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Bard College Offers a Free Course in the Humanities in Kingston, New York

Eleanor Davis
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities will offer a college-level introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—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 to 8 p.m., from September to May, at the Kingston Library.

The Bard College Clemente Course in Kingston is now accepting applications for fall. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older; living in a household with low income; 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 9- month term. Older adults are welcome. Applications are available at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, at the circulation desk during regular business hours. For hours, please call 845-331-0507 or go to For more information about the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities being offered in Kingston, please contact David Shein at or 845-758-7454.

The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities provides college-level instruction, for college credit, to economically disadvantaged individuals. Begun as a pilot project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Clemente Course is currently in its 17th year of operation. Overall, the program has enrolled over 3,000 students. More than 2,000 have completed the course; and earned college credit; and more than 1,500 students have transferred to four-year colleges and universities or plan to do so.

The program is based on the belief that by studying the humanities, participants acquire the cultural capital, conceptual skills, and appreciation for reasoned discourse necessary to improve their societal situation. Clemente students receive 110 hours of instruction in five humanistic disciplines and explore the great works of literature, art history, moral philosophy, and American history. Instruction in critical thinking and writing is also offered. The program removes many of the financial barriers to higher education that low-income individuals face: books, carfare, and childcare are provided, and tuition is free. Bard grants a certificate of achievement to any student completing the Clemente Course and 6 college credits to those completing it at a high level of academic performance. For more information, please visit:

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This event was last updated on 07-10-2012