Antioch University Seattle to Offer Free Humanities Classes for Veterans Through Clemente Course in the Humanities

Program recognized with 2014 National Humanities Medal to begin at AUS in January 2016

Seattle – Through a new partnership with the renowned Clemente Course in the Humanities (Clemente), Antioch University Seattle (AUS) will offer free humanities classes in art, literature, history, philosophy and writing to returning military veterans. AUS is a fully accredited nonprofit institution geared towards meeting the needs of today’s adult learners. Clemente is a unique educational institution founded to teach college-level humanities subjects to people living in economic distress through partnerships with faculty at leading colleges and universities across the world. The program was awarded the 2014 National Humanities Medal for improving the lives of disadvantaged adults, an effort that aligns with AUS’ mission.

“It is an honor to offer resources such as these to the courageous men and women who have put their lives on the line to ensure our safety,” said Dr. Phoenix Raine, Academic Director at AUS, “As an institution with social and economic justice interwoven into every facet of our work, we’re proud to support the next step in the careers of military veterans and service members.”

Clemente classes will begin in January 2016 at AUS, located at 2326 6th Avenue, and are scheduled twice weekly through the first week of June. Free child care and transportation support is also available. There is no tuition, books are provided, and the college credits offered are transferable to most institutions. The new offering is one of the many ways AUS supports veterans, along with its student chapter of the Student Veterans of America, and its status as a Department of Defense approved university for the education of training of Veterans and Veterans family members.

“For 20 years the Clemente Course has offered free humanities seminars to thousands of people all over the globe who have been deprived of these riches through economic, social, or political forces,” said Lela Hilton, national program director for Clemente and an Antioch University alumna, who attended a White House ceremony on September 10, 2015, where President and Mrs. Obama awarded a 2014 National Humanities Medal to the Clemente Course.

About The Clemente Course in the Humanities

The Clemente Course in the Humanities ® (Clemente/CCH) provides free, accredited college Courses in the humanities to those marginalized by economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Students are guided by highly experienced college faculty who, using the Socratic method, provide a rigorous education in literature, philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing. Class discussions and readings increase students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, communication, time management, teamwork, and self-advocacy. There are currently 31 Clemente Courses in the US, and at a minimum, each Course enrolls 20-25 students per year for a one-semester Course.

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