Clemente Veterans Initiative

Free course for veterans!

The Clemente Veteran’s Initiative at Antioch University Seattle encourages and accepts applications from all US veterans, regardless of gender, service years, deployment history, disability status, or discharge status.

There will be reading, writing, and conversation in the classes. The course surveys five humanities subject areas: Philosophy; US History; Art History; Literature; and Critical Writing, for a total of 120 hours.

Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion at the end and will have the option of fulfilling requirements for a transcript and transferable college credit from Bard College in New York.

Dr. Edward Durgan serves as Academic Director. “What is unique about CVI is that it offers participants the opportunity to gather with peers in a safe and challenging environment where they can build on their life experience, and in particular their military service, to re-imagine their roles in civilian society,” says Durgan.  “The way we study these subjects together welcomes all perspectives and life experiences. We aren’t teaching in the traditional sense. We are engaging with each other to discuss the grandest ideas of human history, but in a way where everyone participates in interpreting and expanding these ideas, where each of us finds our own place in history, and where we can also create a new vision for our futures.”

The Seattle CVI works closely with Operation Stand Down, King County Department of Community and Human Services, the King County Veteran’s Centers in Tukwila and Seattle, Outreach and Resource Services for Women Veterans (OARS), VetCorps and other community organizations to recruit and support students.

Founded in 1996, the Clemente Course in the Humanities offers classes in the humanities to those facing economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Courses are taught by highly experienced college faculty, using the Socratic method to provide a rigorous education in literature, philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing.  In 2014 Clemente was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

For more information and to apply email Dr. Edward Durgan, academic director: [email protected]

Download the program information sheet here 
Apply to the Clemente Veterans Initiative Today! 


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