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Empowering Struggling Veterans Through the Humanities
Empowering Struggling Veterans Through the Humanities

Clemente Course Dialogues participants in Providence study Plato’s Republic. Photo courtesy of Clemente Veterans Initiative.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities has empowered disadvantaged groups across the country through free, accessible, and accredited seminars since 1995. An NEH grant enabled the organization to launch the Clemente Veterans Initiative (CVI), hosting Dialogues on the Experience of War for struggling veterans in Phoenix and Seattle and veteran students at Antioch University Midwest and Indiana University, South Bend. The seminars combine history, classical and contemporary literature, and art that encourages veterans to reflect upon their journeys to war and back so that they might successfully transition to a second career of service.

“This program has helped me start to learn again. I have a [Traumatic Brain Injury] and learning has been very challenging for me. I feel like the nerve endings in my brain have started growing again.”

–Veteran participant

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