Humanistic Inquiry Articles & Blogs

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.
Student Michael Spanos talks to his professor, Mark Miller, on the green at Clark University
September 15, 2016
It was a transcontinental kind of summer for Mark Miller.
September 14, 2016
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 we...
August 24, 2016
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 two...
People at an LGBTQ pride parade carrying rainbow flags
August 22, 2016
Abbie Goldberg, associate professor of psychology at Clark University, is the editor of a new three-volume The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies — the first reference work of its kind. The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, a division of the American Psychological...
Dea Dodi stands with flags at the United Nations
August 16, 2016
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.
Professor Robert Tobin in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
August 11, 2016
Robert Tobin, Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture at Clark University, recently returned from several weeks in Berlin, where he started a new book project, researching the connection between human rights and sexuality. He also met two Clark students traveling to Europe as part of their undergraduate...
Millennial Train Project rail car
August 8, 2016
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.
August 1, 2016
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...
Rachel Polinsky, right, listens to Richard Freund talk abou the Holocaust escape tunnel
July 28, 2016
A recent Clark University graduate is part of a research story that has made international headlines: archaeologists’ discovery of a tunnel dug by Jews in Lithuania trying to escape extermination during the Holocaust.
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
July 21, 2016
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...
Themal Ellawala, psychology student and Steinbrecher Fellow at Clark University, posed in front of a GLBTQ rainbow flag on a beach in Sri Lanka
July 21, 2016
Themal Ellawala ’17, a psychology major at Clark University, returned to Sri Lanka this summer to research how culture, gender norms and stigma affect non-heterosexuals in the island nation where he grew up. Ellawala (pictured above) is interviewing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) who fall...
Psychology professor Denise Hines with students who helped organize the annual Family Impact Seminar at the Massachusetts State House
July 12, 2016
Millennials veer from older generations in their acceptance of marijuana legalization. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of those born between 1981 and 1997 approve of legalizing pot versus around 50 percent of Baby Boomers and GenXers. And while Denise Hines, research associate professor of psychology at...
Etta Scott-Smith
July 6, 2016
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...
Stephen Steinbrecher and President David P. Angel with alumni Steinbrecher and Anton fellows
June 27, 2016
When Ali Canino ’12 saw the campground for the first time, her heart sank. Due to severe drought, Sioux YMCA’s Camp Marrowbone in north-central South Dakota had not been used in seven years, and it was a disaster. The buildings were falling down, there were no bathrooms, barbed wire was everywhere and the electrical...
Composite image with Vladimir Putin, left, and Donald Trump, right
May 25, 2016
At least Donald Trump isn’t going shirtless … yet. But as The Boston Herald recently noted, “his mantra to ‘Make America Great Again’ steals a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political playbook.” The newspaper turned to a Putin expert, Valerie Sperling, chair and professor of political science at Clark...
Parents watching a college athletic event
May 24, 2016
Katie Lowe, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Clark University, received a prestigious Innovations in Research and Practice Grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a project developing an online education program to promote positive parent involvement in college athletics.
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May 4, 2016
Clark University History Professor Taner Akçam received the “Friend of the Armenians” award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at a banquet of the Diocesan Assembly on April 29 in Cleveland. Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from around the country attended. “It is deeply rewarding to be...
May 3, 2016
The words “handle with care” take on added meaning in the Introduction to Archival Research seminar taught by Meredith Neuman, associate professor of English, with Clark University archivist Fordyce Williams. The seminar's students research books that are not just historical in content but also in their physical forms,...
2016-17 Steinbrecher Fellows at Clark University
April 28, 2016
Eight Clark University undergraduate students were recently awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to support their pursuit of original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2016-2017 academic year. The students (five are pictured above) and their projects include:
Harriet Tubman
April 21, 2016
Although he was once celebrated for defeating the British at the War of 1812 in New Orleans and promoting the cause of “the common man,” President Andrew Jackson has become more infamously described by many modern historians as the slave-owning president who helped further codify racism, “manifest destiny” and the forced ...

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