Humanistic Inquiry Articles & Blogs

Nicole Overstreet lecturing in front of class
May 16, 2018
Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University, has been named a 2018 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports junior faculty from underrepresented groups and others committed to...
Helen Perham standing in front of her poster of selfies
May 16, 2018
When Helen Perham ’18 spent four months studying abroad at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, she wanted an inexpensive and accessible way to stay in touch with family and friends. So on Jan. 7, 2017, during her first week in Italy, she posted a selfie and caption on Instagram: “broke the potato chip bowl at the bar...
Pauline Wan, seated to left of James Dye, talking to him in his studio and looking at artwork on desk
April 6, 2018
When the Worcester Art Museum opens a five-month-long exhibition of local artist James Dye’s work on April 7, the art criticism of two Clark University undergraduates also will be on display. James Dye's award-winning "Temples of the Burdened Host." Read more about Dye's and other upcoming exhibitions and art criticism by...
Sara Cogan and artist Catherine Wilcox-Titus sits on stools and look over artwork placed on the kitchen counter
April 6, 2018
Undergraduate students in last fall’s “Art, the Public, and the History of Worcester: ArtsWorcester,” a Problems of Practice (POP) course taught by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, are seeing their efforts bear fruit this spring. The students researched contemporary artists to be featured in eight solo...
Toni Armstrong stands and looks out a window
March 23, 2018
Toni Armstrong ’19 didn't come to Clark University to take it easy.  In her three years here, the art history/ancient civilization double major has indulged her curiosity and demonstrated her talents and passions in ways that span multiple disciplines. This kind of workload would be daunting for anyone, but Armstrong has...
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Kim Lucian in front of tank
February 14, 2018
Lucian Kim ’92 calls himself a wanderer. The summer before his first semester at Clark University, he backpacked his way around Eastern Europe. He did it again two summers later — then spent his junior year studying abroad in Germany. He made his first trip to Russia that year as well. All that roaming has served Kim well...
The man in the glass - Clark University
February 13, 2018
Editor's note: In recognition of Black History Month, we are republishing this story about Louis Clarkson Tyree, the first African-American student to graduate from Clark College, in 1912. The story was originally published in CLARK Magazine of spring 2012. If you flip to page 534 of the Clark College Monthly for June 1912...
Painting of LIttle Colorado River by Ann Rosebrooks
February 2, 2018
Twenty Clark University students are involved in three ArtsWorcester exhibitions opening tonight, either as artists or as art critics. The 14th Annual College Show in ArtsWorcester’s Aurora Gallery includes the work of 17 Clark students. Two other solo exhibitions showcasing the work of New England artists — photographer...
Image of Ward family taken by photographer Lou Jones, with words "Descendants: An Exhibition by Lou Jones"
January 31, 2018
The Clark University Higgins School of Humanities’ spring symposium opens Thursday, Feb. 1, with the theme of “Analog and Digital Conversations,” addressing the ongoing conversation between analog and digital technologies. “Analog processes convey a sense of craft and authenticity, suggesting a more direct relationship...
Trump supporter holds sign saying "Teamsters 4 Trump"
January 25, 2018
As President Trump and other global leaders headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, two international publications featured timely articles by Yuko Aoyama, associate provost, dean of research and professor of geography at Clark University, and three Clark geography alumni, examining the backlash against...
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...
Sun-Hee Gertz standing at front of audience and talking
November 20, 2017
Students, alumni, faculty and friends recently gathered to honor SunHee Kim Gertz (pictured), professor emerita and senior research scholar in English at Clark University. Throughout her career, Gertz has championed diversity and inclusion, and the scholars recognized her contributions with the Global Cultures Alumni...
Sun-Hee Gertz, right, stands and poses with her husband, Uwe Gertz
November 9, 2017
“Since third grade, I knew I would be a professor. I just didn't know of what. In fact, I didn't know which field would become my area of specialization until my first year of Ph.D. studies. Moving from chemistry to philosophy to art to literature, I finally decided on comparative literature with a focus on Western...
Father at left talking to teen son at right
October 24, 2017
Across two different cultures — Ghana and the United States — when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, youth have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, with less depression. Yet allowing adolescents to make decisions and...
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...
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...
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...
Clark-University-John-Garton-On-Roman-Time-photography
September 19, 2017
Associate Professor John Garton, art historian and painter, returned from Italy this past summer with an idea for an exhibition. But when his show opened last week at the Traina Center for the Arts, there wasn’t an artifact or canvas in sight. “On Roman Time: Minute by Millennium” comprises 28 photographs Garton took while...
Higgins School - Clark University
September 13, 2017
This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities dialogue symposium “Common Pursuits/Public Good” will consider how the arts and humanities contribute to the public good through acts of advocacy and teaching; creation and critique; contemplation and scholarship. “A commitment to the public good premises a system...
Chukwuma Egbuzie speaks to another Clark University student while holding a pen in one hand and an iPhone in the other
September 12, 2017
Chukwuma Egbuzie ’19 believes everyone has a story to tell. He spent this summer documenting the tales of Worcester’s diverse citizens through photography. Egbuzie, an economics and screen studies double major, crafted the digital marketing project — “Global Citizens of Worcester” — during an internship with the...
Casey Bush and Eva Kor talk to each other in office - Clark University
August 31, 2017
Casey Bush ’19 remembers when she first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust. She was in fifth grade, reading “Number the Stars,” a novel about a 10-year-old Danish girl who teams up with the Danish Resistance to help her Jewish friend and others flee the Nazis in Copenhagen.
Crystal Hill stands on a deck overlooking the countryside in Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Crystal Hill ’20 was one of 11 students who spent nine days in Cuba earlier this summer for the course Youth Culture in Cuba: A Service and Learning Opportunity. The group toured organizations that provide opportunities for Cuban youth to express themselves creatively, socially, and politically. Hill, a women’s and gender...

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