Humanistic Inquiry Articles & Blogs

Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University, sits in the Goddard Library.
February 22, 2017
During the mid-19th century, American women flocked to new department stores for the service, amenities and wide selection of merchandise. How that consumerism continued to develop during the early 20th century fascinates Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University. Allen’s dissertation focuses on...
Clark-University-professor-John-Aylward
February 7, 2017
Clark University Assistant Professor of Music John Aylward was awarded a 2017 commission by the Fromm Music Foundation. One of 12 composers chosen by the Harvard-based foundation, Aylward’s commission offers him the chance to compose a new work and a subsidy to have his collaborating musicians bring that music to life.
February 3, 2017
Clark University Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama’s new book, “The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation,” explores a new model of social innovation through which corporations, states, and civil society organizations develop common social agendas despite differences in their primary...
Cover for the Higgins School of Humanities' spring series 'What's so funny?'
February 1, 2017
This spring, Clark University's Higgins School for Humanities presents “What’s so funny?” a series of public lectures, community conversations and exhibits on humor. “Our symposium asks how humor creates and fragments communities. What larger cultural, social, and political role does humor play? In short, what can we learn...
Jacqueline Schnieber
January 26, 2017
Sometimes, one question can make all the difference — as it did for Clark University English master’s degree candidate Jacqueline Schnieber. During an independent study with Professor James Elliott about the works of Ernest Hemingway, specifically the Nick Adams short stories, Elliott asked her a question: Why choose to...
Clark University graduate student Sebastian Winslow holds a book titled "Understanding Comics"
January 18, 2017
Think comic books are just for fun? Clark University English master’s degree candidate Sebastian Winslow would like you to think again. Winslow — a graduate exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where he is also a master’s candidate in American studies — is researching how comics and their...
January 17, 2017
In his new book, “The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World,” History Professor Willem Klooster delves into the ways “the Dutch built and eventually lost an Atlantic empire that stretched from the homeland in the United Provinces to the Hudson River and from Brazil and the...
Sculptures and artwork in a gallery are part of the "Home" exhibit at Clark University.
January 13, 2017
Clark University will host a spring art exhibition, “Home: Self, Spirit, Space,” featuring the work of graduate students and renowned artists from throughout New England. “The artists in this exhibition offer various perspectives on this universal longing for 'home' — the quest for a sense of safety, peace, acceptance, and...
Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu
January 12, 2017
Clark University English master’s degree candidate Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu considers herself to be a part of what she studies, her work resonating with her personal experience. Adwetewa-Badu, a Worcester resident, researches avant-garde, experimental Black diasporic poets specific to West Africa, America and the Caribbean...
Clark University alumnus John S. Winkleman speaks at Mount Sinai Hospital in front of a display of his artwork
January 12, 2017
Walking down Lexington Avenue in New York recently, John S. Winkleman ‘77 noticed a familiar piece of art hanging in a storefront window. Looking more closely, he recognized it as one of his sketches. The anniversary celebration of the Our Town newspaper included a display of artwork by John S. Winkleman '77.
After 20 years leading the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Deborah Dwork charts a new path
December 23, 2016
The bus rumbled along the road from Warsaw to Auschwitz, a three-hour trip connecting grim reminders of the Nazis’ murderous campaign against Jews during World War II.   The passengers were participants in a multi-day conference convened by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in July 1993. During the ride, David...
Clark University's Creative Arts Networked Communities event was held Dec. 1
December 16, 2016
Follow your passion. Be persistent. And if you want to make a career in the arts, don’t neglect the business side of the profession. These were some of the pieces of advice panelists shared with Clark students and other attendees Dec. 1 as Clark University kicked off its Networked Community focusing on the Creative Arts....
Fileona Dkhar '17
December 7, 2016
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...
December 6, 2016
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its robust...
Soldiers take a break from fighting during the Vietnam War (National Archives photo)
December 2, 2016
“I didn’t set out to make this film at all,” Soren Sorensen told the audience at the Nov. 9 screening of his documentary, “My Father’s Vietnam.” Sorensen, a visiting lecturer in the Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Department, would go on to describe the experience of bringing to life the story of his father,...
Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
December 1, 2016
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 connections I...
November 7, 2016
What a time to be a political scientist. And what a time to be a Clark University student interested in perhaps the most contentious, most publicly scrutinized presidential race in the nation’s history. The ten members of Clark’s Political Science department faculty gathered in the Higgins Lounge on Nov. 3 for a forum...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Alexander Vesenka wants to create a makerspace on Clark University's Worcester campus.
October 25, 2016
When Alexander Vesenka ’18 isn’t busy making people laugh, he’s busy “making” in a whole different sense.
Thomas Kühne,David Pijawka, Judy Dworkin and Jody Emel, seated in chairs, talk about issues in "Indian country."
October 19, 2016
Alumni Judy Dworkin, PhD ’78, and David Pijawka, PhD ’83, recently returned to Clark University to talk about their experiences in Arizona working with American Indians. Their talk, titled “The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law and Community,” was sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography...
October 19, 2016
Stanley Gutridge ’45 returned to Clark University Oct. 6 to share his thoughts about the evolution of Worcester, the value of public service, and the institutional racism he faced when he entered the work world. His recollections were plentiful and detailed, and the conversation always engaging. The Community Fireside Chat...
Andrew Gvirtz standing in front of Alumni and Student Center at Clark University
October 10, 2016
At the end of a summer-long internship with The Boston Consulting Group, Andrés Gvirtz ’18 found himself with a dilemma: He didn’t have anything to wear. The economics and psychology major started and ended his week in Munich, Germany, traveling to Dusseldorf and Hamburg in between, and was headed to a two-week behavioral...
19th-century map of the colony of Liberia
October 4, 2016
In a recent lecture at Clark University, Ousmane Power-Greene, professor of history, put words to the African-American struggle against “King Cotton” and the desire to find a homeland — and a place to build community. Ousmane Power-Greene
Clark Professor Benjamin Korstvedt at a music conference in Austria
September 20, 2016
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...
Thana Faroq '13 is a photographer in Yemen
September 15, 2016
Thana Faroq '13 took her first photograph — a picture of her family — using her father’s camera when she was just 10 years old. Back then, she and her family lived in a peaceful Yemen, one without war or bloodshed.

Pages