ClarkNow Blogs

In about a week, the Clark community will gather for “United We Gala,” the 15th edition of the International Gala, hosted by the International Students Association. This annual tradition is one of the biggest cultural celebrations on campus and students eagerly anticipate it each year. Gala, which takes place at 7 p.m....
A person browses a newsstand filled with comic books.
Cartoonists James Sturm and Caleb Brown spent time at Clark on Feb. 7 talking about the joys and challenges of their profession as they opened the exhibit "Cartooning: Sense, Nonsense, Applications" at the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons. Curated by Sturm, co-founder of the The Center for Cartoon Studies, the exhibit...
The EcoTarium's newest permanent exhibit, City Science
It took a village comprising EcoTarium exhibit staff, more than 50 organizations and 200 individuals, including Clark University professors and students, to create the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “City Science: The Science You Live.” Inspired by the City of Worcester, the exhibit took seven years to develop and...
From the film review in Worcester Magazine: “‘Arrival’ begins with the mini-biography of a mother and daughter relationship, from the girl’s birth to her untimely death as a teenager. Pay attention to it. Beginnings and endings in this film are flexible constructs; time bends and memories seem unsure of themselves. What...
Fileona Dkhar '17
In every Studio Art major’s life, there comes a time when your art has to leave the safe confines of the studio and make its way into the world. Through Studio Topics, my capstone course, my classmates and I have reached that time. While the class is the most intimidating I’ve taken at Clark, it provides the freedom of...
Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
As a Theatre Arts major, I can’t make many promises. I can’t promise that, come graduation, I won’t be wandering the streets begging for a slice of bread, “Les Miserables”-style. But here’s what I can guarantee: As an involved member of Clark’s theatrical community, I’m meeting the people I should and getting...
Trang Nguyen '17
With fall semester ending and graduation in the not-too-distant future, many seniors are asking themselves an all-important question: “What’s next?”
Mark Bittman '71 speaks at a WGBH Innovation IdeaLab event in Boston.
As a best-selling food author and former columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman ’71 isn’t afraid to be bold — with the dishes he creates or his stances on controversial food- and health-related topics. A vocal opponent of the impact of factory farming on Americans’ health and the environment, among other issues...
Clark Writes blog asked students, faculty and staff what they were writing. This is a collage of the answers.
"Poetry!" "Research manuscript!!" and "Wonderfully creative nonsense" were just a few of the answers the Clark Writes editors received when they asked the Clark community to answer the question "What are you writing?" on a picturesque September afternoon in Red Square. Students of all majors, and even some faculty and...
Students respond to the question "If I were president..."
What would you do if you were elected president of the United States? It’s a question many have likely considered, especially during the 2016 election. Clark University students are no exception.
Activist Tom Hayden speaks at Clark University in 2011
Editor’s note: Robert J.S. “Bob” Ross, research professor of sociology, wrote this reflection about activist and legislator Tom Hayden, 76, who died Sunday in California. Ross was close to Hayden, as a student activist and throughout his academic career. Hayden, a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, was a civil rights...
I begin with two givens. First, we teach our students to argue clearly and convincingly in both their writing and speaking. As faculty members, we aspire for our students to be not just facile with words, but also skilled in how to build a case for their point of view through supporting assertions and propositions with...
Graduates from Clark University's program in Astrakhan, Russia pose with Amy Daly Gardner, associate dean for international programs, and William Fisher, associate provost and dean of graduate studies, after commencement.
More than 100 students joined the ranks of Clark University alumni recently during commencement exercises at Clark’s programs in Astrakhan, Russia and Warsaw, Poland. William Fisher, associate provost and dean of graduate studies, Amy Daly Gardner, associate dean for international programs, and John Chetro-Szivos,...
Clark Professor Benjamin Korstvedt at a music conference in Austria
An ancient Austrian monastery brought 19th-century music to life in a new way for Benjamin Korstvedt this August. The professor of music in Clark University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department traveled to the St. Florianer Brucknertage festival, or Bruckner Days, to present his latest research into the music of...
Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium, “Home (De)Constructed,” will consider the fluid meanings of home. Lectures, community conversations and exhibits will focus on how we define home’s boundaries, and what makes a particular structure, community, city or nation feel like home. “Together...
Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado
During a Friday ceremony, Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado will receive the 35th ArtsWorcester Award to honor his years of artistic and cultural contributions to the city — an award his current and former students believe has been years in the making. "I have no idea if I...
Dea Dodi stands with flags at the United Nations
There are few places Dea Dodi ’17 likes to be more than in the United Nations building in New York. You could say she’s been working her way there since the tender age of 12 when she first asked her parents what the term “political science” meant.
Associate Dean for International Programs Amy Daly Gardner in Poland, Clark University
By Amy Daly Gardner Staff at Łódź campus. From left to right: Ewelina Kolendowicz,  Anja Gralweska, Pawel Morawski, Amy Daly Gardner, Yigal Ne'eman and Zbiegniew Pyszka Show of hands: How many of you know that Clark University has a campus in Łódź (pronounced “woodge”), Poland? And one in Warsaw, Poland’s capital? We...
Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
I pushed my seven-month-old son, Malik, in his stroller with one hand while trying to fix my hijab (head covering) with the other. I was at the supermarket on a late Wednesday afternoon buying groceries. I couldn’t help but notice an older man fixated on me. He is staring at my headscarf. It feels heavy on my head. I...
Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer looks across train tracks at Novosibirsk, Russia
When last we left Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer, dear reader, he was preparing to walk in the footsteps of famous Russian authors during a 17-day journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Since then, he’s taken blog readers to visit Russian literature’s important sites and experienced the country’s culture and complexities through...
Pokemon GO game displayed on a mobile phone
If you played Pokémon in the late 1990s, the viral popularity of the recent release of the Pokémon GO app does not come as a surprise. You know the feeling of wanting to “catch ‘em all,” and why you’re taking to streets, parks and other public places — including the Clark University campus —​ to find Pokémon characters...
Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel died last week at 87 years old, but not before working unflaggingly to keep the memory of those lost during the Holocaust alive and to encourage the world to remember and understand what both victims and survivors endured. “Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices,” he said...
Etta Scott-Smith
Clark University junior Etta Scott-Smith is thankful to be on the “greatest journey of my life.” She always knew she wanted to study abroad in China, so much so that she made it a prerequisite when choosing a college. It wasn’t just because she wanted to see a different part of the world, or because she wanted exciting...
An aedes aegypti mosquito
With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro quickly approaching, the controversy over whether to hold the games in one of the countries most impacted by the Zika virus is heating up. It was important for Clark University Philosophy Department Chair Patrick Derr to draw attention to the risk Zika poses by adding his name to...
CarrieAnn Cormier
CarrieAnne Cormier, a local, part-time student in Clark’s Graduate School of Management, pictured above, spoke to GSOM communication specialist Meredith Galena about her experience, what brought her to Clark’s M.B.A. program and how she’s already utilizing her newfound knowledge in her position as vice president of...

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