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Student Michael Spanos talks to his professor, Mark Miller, on the green at Clark University
It was a transcontinental kind of summer for Mark Miller.
The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide, released Sept. 13, recognizes Clark University’s outstanding academics and financial value, ranking Clark at No. 74 among National Universities and No. 27 on the list of Best Value Schools. The U.S. News guide has again recognized the University’s...
Jacob Reiner with teammates from the Israel Premier Lacrosse League on the field.
Over three months this summer, we took you on a journey across the world, from the streets of Haiti to the railways of Russia; from Antarctica’s Clark Mountains to the Arctic’s Wrangel Island.
Farida Hassan conducts field work in Turkana County, Kenya
After earning a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Clark University, Farida Hassan, M.S./ES&P ’10, identified a need for environmentally sustainable community development in one of the places that mattered the most to her — Kenya, the country where she was born. “I wanted to give back to my...
The highest honor given by the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers is the John A. Timm Award, which recognizes “an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the education of young people in chemistry.” Clark University chemistry students, current and former, will hardly be surprised to learn...
Cynthia Michael-Wolpert '90 sits on a panel discussion with her daughter, Natalie '18, and Undergraduate Student Council President Cory Bisbee '19
Cynthia Michael-Wolpert ’90 knows the stress that accompanies moving a child into college. “It was like a kick in the gut,” she said during a Move-In Day panel discussion with her daughter, Natalie ‘18. “My baby was leaving.” To help families of first-year students experiencing the same emotions, during a 45-minute...
The Princeton Review's 2017 College Guide is available now Clark University has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Clark is included in the 2017 edition of the annual college guide, “The Best 381 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,...
MEDICINE AND ETHICS IN BLACK WOMEN'S SPECULATIVE FICTION By Esther Jones, Assistant Professor of English The book engages the complex nexus of black women's health, the fraught history of medicine as it relates to black women, and the problems with the inconsistent application of medical ethics that should concern us...
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts (V&PA) at Clark University will offer a major in media, culture and the arts (MCA), directed by Hugh Manon, associate professor of screen studies. MCA’s focus on media history, theory and production in equal measure encourages students to engage in research and creative...
Clark's Model UN team at a Harvard University MUN conference in February 2016.
Imagine being in a room with hundreds of other people, each of whom comes to the table representing a different country’s interests. Your challenge: to explain your assigned country’s stance on an important topic like free speech and privacy, build consensus and negotiate a draft resolution upon which all parties agree...
Raechel Segal ’17 has a pretty good response to the age-old question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Rachael Segal '17 Her short play, “Moon Juice,” is a finalist in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Contest, which gives accepted works a technical rehearsal, full dress rehearsal, and a minimum of...
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
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The Alumni and Student Engagement Center expands Clark University's footprint in Worcester. Clark University President David Angel stood before the audience who had come together to celebrate the official opening of the Alumni and Student Engagement Center and helpfully offered his own headline for the event: “Reaching...
Retired accountant Stanley Gutridge ’45 may be a numbers man, but he also has a way with words. “I’m the baby of my family,” says the 99-year-old with a laugh, “and the lone survivor.” Gutridge has seen a lot of life while helping others make the most of theirs, efforts that have not gone unnoticed. In January,...
Millennial Train Project rail car
Vintage trains aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship. However, Clark University alumnus Harris Rollinger ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and the organizers of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) would like to change that.
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to an audience at Clark University
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stood before a packed house in Jefferson 320 Wednesday and recalled that the American economy once obeyed the adage “A rising tide lifts all boats.” No more. In recent times the wealthiest 1 percent have seen astounding increases in their fortunes while the rest of the population has...
Jay Ash '83, secretary of housing and economic development for the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  in conversation at his Boston office. First, the view.
Boren Scholar Thomas Hutto in Suzhou, China.
Thomas Hutto ’17 walked into a Chinese 101 class his first year at Clark University. His goal was to complete the language requirement, but he left the course with a passion for a culture a world away from where he grew up and an eye toward incredible opportunities there. Hutto, an economics major from Louisville,...
Alum Gary Cohen-Macarthur is recognized for his work in health care and  on the environment
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard,...
For many, the Worcester Art Museum exists solely in the abstract as the impressive-looking building touted in chamber of commerce literature for its world-class treasures. Indeed, it is that. But for Clark University the museum, affectionately known as WAM, is something even more tangible — an active partner that gives...
Freight Farms founder Brad McNamara with business partner Jon Friedman
Behind the closed doors of the nondescript trailer in a city parking lot, leafy lettuces and bushy herbs sprout from vertical rows of gutter-like panels. The plants are fed nutrient-rich water while dangling strands of blue and red LED lights bathe them in an otherworldly pink glow. 
Charlie Bresler, M.A.’83, Ph.D.’84, walked away from a lucrative career and found a richer purpose
"You’re gonna like the way you look.” George Zimmer, the gravel-voiced founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, delivered the line in countless television commercials that touted his clothing stores, punctuating each ad with the promise, “I guarantee it.” Zimmer peddled suits, slacks, shirts and ties with the fervor of a guy...
Professor Virginia Mason Vaughan, Professor Esther Jones, Octavia and Norman Napier met at the English House at Clark University
Norman Napier touched on many topics during a recent visit to Clark University’s English House, some personal and lighthearted, some referencing painful national and world current events. But foremost in the conversation was the reason for Napier’s visit: honoring the memory of his brother, the late Clark Professor of...
Al Southwick stands in front of Jonas Clark Hall
It’s been more than three quarters of a century since the Class of 1941 first assembled on the campus to hear a talk by Dean Homer P. Little and to get our classroom assignments. That was in September 1937, a notable day in our lives. Clark then had five buildings — Jonas Clark on Woodland Street, the old chemistry...
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
It was just like any other open-mic night at an Italian restaurant in Loveland, Ohio, until then-12-year-old Olivia Schwartz performed her first original song “The Spark” a cappella. When she left the stage after completing the song, she was met by three guys in cowboy boots and country hats who introduced her to the...

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