Liberal Education and Effective Practice Articles & Blogs

Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
David Angel sitting among students in his First Year Intensive seminar course
January 11, 2018
As high school students filled out applications for the fast-approaching Jan. 15 deadline at Clark University and other colleges, a recent column in The Washington Post examined which skills employers are seeking from recent graduates. Google, it turns out, is bypassing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and...
Gilman scholars standing for a posed shot
January 9, 2018
Thirty percent of Clark University undergraduates study abroad, compared with only 2 percent of college students nationwide. And now there’s even more good news to report: Clark has a record number of students – nine – who received the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern...
Clark students Jenna Harrison-Peters, Rose Wine, Gabriella Southwick and Fiona Daly posing for a photo at the Women of the Channel Career Pursuits Workshop
December 21, 2017
The United States will continue to see an increase in computing jobs over the next decade, but more than two-thirds of those jobs will go unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified applicants. At the same time, more men than women continue to pursue information technology careers, despite the fact that more women are...
Michael Boyers and Christopher Arumainayagam watch Muhammad Kasule pour liquid into a scientific instrument in the laboratory
December 18, 2017
Muhammad Kasule ’18 is graduating from Clark University this December with multiple research experiences in hand, including one where he’s examining how life may form in outer space. “My research is centered on understanding how prebiotic molecules form in space,” Kasule says. “Prebiotic molecules are essentially the...
Olivia Barksdale sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream
December 8, 2017
Problems of Practice (POP) courses at Clark University allow undergraduate students to gain internship-like experience outside the classroom. This semester, students in Professor John Baker’s POP course on “Small-Scale Land Conservation in Massachusetts” connected not only with the great outdoors but with local...
Charline Kirongozi speaks to another student at Clark University's Fall Fest 2017
December 8, 2017
Charline Kirongozi ’18 brings multiple perspectives to her political science studies at Clark University. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who grew up in Portland, Maine, Kirongozi draws from her personal experiences while also learning from others. If there’s a common thread to her research, it’s that she...
Erika Schaper standing in the jungle in the Philippines
December 4, 2017
Since 1893, most biologists have accepted Dollo’s law, named for the Belgian paleontologist who hypothesized that evolution moves forward, never reversing. A living organism doesn’t regain a trait — an inherited characteristic, like a tail or limb – lost during its evolutionary development, Louis Dollo suggested. About...
Student Jeremy Maltz sitting and talking with group of retirees, including Clark alumnus Ken Hedenburg, Class of 1950
November 27, 2017
Undergraduates who take Clark University’s The Art and Science of Management course accrue skills that prepare them for careers in businesses or nonprofit organizations. They also gain experience by designing a project to share those skills with a community organization, a course requirement. From left, Clark students...
Four NOAA Fellows stand on campus green
November 9, 2017
Clark University’s 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows returned to campus this fall after a summer of research in Massachusetts and Maryland. Their faculty mentors and other attendees honored the four undergraduates at a lunch this week on campus. Sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute...
Sweta Basnet standing near a building in Nepal
November 1, 2017
Two years after twin earthquakes struck central Nepal, the country is still feeling the aftereffects. Thousands of residents are living in temporary shelters, and communities are working to rebuild hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. About Sweta Basnet ’18 Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Spanish Hometown...
Clark Theatre Rehearsal - Clark University
October 27, 2017
About a decade ago, Theatre Arts Professor Gino DiIorio had an idea while reading work submitted by students in his Playwriting class. “I kept saying, 'This isn’t bad. We should get it up on its feet.' Then I thought, why don’t we put it up on its feet?” And the biennial New Play Festival was born. The fifth festival,...
Jia Wei, at left, pointing at scientific instruments, with Micheal Kebede observing
October 26, 2017
As an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, Michael Kebede ’18 has spent his time at Clark University immersed in his element. He’s had the opportunity to conduct research in several laboratories on campus, and this summer, as a LEEP Fellow, he interned with Dr. Jia Wei, Ph.D. ’15, a research...
Alex Jeannotte speaks behind podium in classroom
October 18, 2017
How many Clarkies does it take to launch a historically significant, community-oriented exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum? At least 20, for sure. For nearly four years, History Professor Janette Greenwood, along with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, dove deep into researching century-old photos from...
Charlotte Maxwell, in shadow, standing at podium, with screen behind her that shows old photo of Perkins family in Worcester
October 16, 2017
The Dillon family sits for a portrait in their home in Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood. It’s 1904, and their neighbor, a photographer named Charles Bullard, perches behind the camera. This 1904 photograph of the Dillon family of Worcester appears in the Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition of William Bullard's...
Janette Greenwood stands behind student Toni Armstrong and Alice Dillon, who are seated, as they look over photos laid out on the table at the Worcester Art Museum
October 12, 2017
For several months last spring, students in a Problems of Practice history seminar at Clark University painstakingly dug through genealogical records and worked with descendants to unlock the mysteries behind turn-of-the-century photographs of African-Americans and Native Americans in Worcester. This fall, their research...
Victoria Mariano stands in front of a brick building, her restaurant Bull Mansion, in downtown Worcester while holding onto an iron gate.
October 11, 2017
If Victoria Mariano ’08 had her way, she never would have attended college. “I wanted to open a business — a recording studio — right out of high school,” the entrepreneur recalls while sitting at a table in her restaurant, Bull Mansion New American Bistro in Worcester. “I took college-level business courses and wrote a...
Marissa Callender feeds an elephant in South Africa.
October 5, 2017
Marissa Callender interacted with amazing wildlife, like elephants here and in photo above, during her internship with Africa Media. Marissa Callender ’18 recently experienced a summer of firsts. It was the first time she traveled alone to a new continent; the first time she snapped a selfie with an elephant; the first...
Marissa Callender
October 5, 2017
Elephants, sharks, and gibbons, oh my! Marissa Callender ’18 encountered them all during an environmental journalism and travel writing internship in Mossel Bay, South Africa – a coastal town about 240 miles east of Cape Town.
Isabelle Zoeckler sits in the Academic Commons at Clark University with a laptop open in front of her.
October 4, 2017
Isabelle Zoeckler ’17 is mastering the ability to use past experiences as a stepping stone to future success. “During each of my internships, I’ve been able to build my skills,” says the fifth-year student in Clark’s Master's in Professional Communications Program. “My biggest take-away from my collective internship...
October 3, 2017
Clark University has officially launched the digital platform for ClarkCONNECT, an exciting new initiative that connects students to the broader Clark community for mentorship, college-to-career exploration, and world and workplace opportunities. The ClarkCONNECT forum lets alumni, faculty and Clark partners help students...
Colin Sterling - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 was a biology student at Clark University, he achieved two firsts that launched his lifetime of research: his first federal funding, a National Science Foundation undergraduate student grant, and his first scientific report, in neurobiology. “The study was focused on the potential role of...
Christie Joyce - Clark University
October 2, 2017
As an undergraduate biology major and chemistry minor at Clark University, Christie Joyce ’16, M.S.’17, worked in research laboratories on campus. She wanted to explore career options besides academia and research, as well as address a gap at Clark, so she founded a research journal managed, edited, designed and produced...
Laura Faulkner and Madelyn Bowers - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Laura Faulkner ’10, M.P.A. ’11, reviews her list of Clark University mentors, it’s a series of dotted lines that eventually led her to her current role as a community engagement manager for Opportunity@Work’s TechHire initiative. The nonprofit social enterprise, based in Washington, D.C., pursues its mission to “...
Stock photo of beautiful manicured flower garden and lawn
September 28, 2017
Some homeowners take pleasure in their yards. For others, the grass is always greener elsewhere. Undergraduate and graduate students working as part of Clark University’s Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Program several years ago interviewed homeowners in the suburbs north of Boston to uncover how people...

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