Liberal Education and Effective Practice Articles & Blogs

Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
May 18, 2017
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...
Clark University associate professor Kristina Wilson, center, with "Cyanotypes" exhibit co-curator Nancy Kathryn Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Hannah Jaffe '16.
May 17, 2017
Kristina Wilson, associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University, received a prestigious Award for Excellence in recognition of her groundbreaking new scholarship as co-curator of "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," a unique and popular exhibition...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Hung "William" Mai sits in a classroom at Clark University
May 15, 2017
For Hung “William” Mai ’18, every experience is a chance to learn — and focus on his future. Mai, a management major from Vietnam, appreciates how Clark University incorporates social, political and environmental aspects into its business courses. He especially connects with professors who bring real-life examples from...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
Despoina Lioliou talks to two middle-school students in the classrom
May 8, 2017
For three hours each week, Clark University students bring a world of poetry into Worcester classrooms — with the impact extending far beyond the city limits. The In Our Own Words program pairs Clark undergraduates with 25 seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Claremont Academy to translate poetry from around the world...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
May 2, 2017
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of an...
Trang Nguyen ’17
May 2, 2017
In 2008, Trang Nguyen ’17 learned about the financial crisis impacting millions around the world from inside a high school classroom in Singapore. By this point in her young life, she’d already lived in three countries and soon found her teachers piquing her interest to study global economics in a fourth — the United...
Steinbrecher Fellows with Steven Steinbrecher
April 28, 2017
Nine Clark University students have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006. The newest Steinbrecher Fellows are all members of the Class of...
Undergraduate and elementary students sitting on the floor in a classroom
April 24, 2017
On a chilly, gray day inside an Atwood Hall rehearsal space, children call “¡Hola!” to one another as they run through the door, flinging their coats onto the floor in a colorful heap. They’re rushing to grab a snack and join the group of Clark University student volunteers gathered in the space filled with salsa music and...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Phat Tran standing next to building at Clark University
April 21, 2017
Whether he’s walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or just across campus to meet with an adviser in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Phat Tran ’19 knows he’s striding toward a successful future. The screen studies and management major credits a combination of factors for his confidence – a love of...
Rachel Polinsky stands next to Richard Freund on the green at Clark University
April 19, 2017
A Clark University alumna had a front-row seat for an international news story that PBS’ NOVA is featuring on April 19: archaeologists’ discovery last summer of a Holocaust escape tunnel built by Jews near Vilna, Lithuania. Richard Freund speaks at Clark in March.
Leah Bodin '18
April 18, 2017
If you’re ever looking for Leah Bodin ’18, chances are you’ll find her doing one of two things: playing softball or filming videos. Bodin, a screen studies major and student-athlete on Clark’s women’s softball team, unites these passions by making promotional videos for the Athletics Department with sports information...
Josh Merchat, Alex Chilton and David Sullivan standing on the green at Brown University
April 12, 2017
Weeks of preparation proved fruitful for Clark University’s Model United Nations team as three members picked up individual awards during Brown University’s annual conference held March 3. Head delegate Josh Merchat ’19 won Outstanding Delegate for his committee work, while Alex Chilton ’20 and David Sullivan ’20...
3 Piece Meal
March 29, 2017
In 2015, Clark University students Akiba Davis ’16, Asir Arif ’18 and Diego Baraona Calvo ’17 added “groovy beats” to the annual International Students Association International Journey event. A year later, the trio — transformed into 3 Piece Meal — created “Tomorrow’s Forecast,” their first studio album released Feb. 8 on...
Delight Gavor
March 21, 2017
Delight Gavor ’16 lives by a lesson she learned at Clark University: To dream big, then never stop trying to turn those dreams into reality. Gavor, now working toward a master’s degree in education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, held true to that lesson as a Global Scholar pursuing a psychology...
Markiesha Duverneau, Clark University student and CfSI intern
March 19, 2017
College for Social Innovation While college study abroad programs garner a lot of attention, a growing number of study away programs are offering closer-to-home options for students seeking internships, college credit, and a chance to make a meaningful difference. Clark University and the University of New Hampshire (UNH...
Sarah Wells
March 15, 2017
If you’re a student of physics, you might understand the abstract concepts behind Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle of quantum mechanics or Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which describes gravitation. But if you’re an English major, you might think about the words “uncertainty” or “gravity” in a more poetic sense...
Clark's Mock Trial A team
March 8, 2017
Clark University’s Mock Trial team recently earned individual awards and a sportsmanship award at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament at Yale University. Due to its exemplary performance, the A team received an at-large bid to the Opening Round Championship Series Tournament to be held March 25 and 26...
John Magee stands next to his student, Rafael Zuniga, who is holding a computer
March 6, 2017
Clark University computer scientist John Magee applies his expertise in human-computer interaction to help others – people with disabilities and, more recently, middle-school students. And by inviting Clark LEEP Fellows and other undergraduates to join his research projects, he’s giving students the opportunity to do the...
Daysha Williams at Clark University
March 6, 2017
Daysha Williams’ Clark University experience has been a series of serendipitous moments. She first arrived on campus intending to pursue a career in public relations, but registered for a First-Year Intensive course called “How to Act Right on and off the Stage.” In that class, she met Raymond Munro, professor of theatre...
Despoina Lioliou poses in a classroom at Clark University in Worcester
February 28, 2017
After spending a few years in Greece’s public school system, Despoina Lioliou ’17 of Veroia, Greece, realized students were taught to learn through rote memorization, not thoughtful or creative questioning. She enrolled at Clark University, and discovered her purpose: change how Greek children learn. “In my sophomore year...

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