Blogs

The EcoTarium's newest permanent exhibit, City Science
February 10, 2017
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...
Arrival film poster
December 16, 2016
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
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...
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...
Trang Nguyen '17
November 30, 2016
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.
November 18, 2016
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.
November 2, 2016
"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..."
October 27, 2016
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
October 26, 2016
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...
John Gibbons in his Clark University laboratory
October 13, 2016
As a biologist, Clark University’s John Gibbons deals with the big questions about DNA and the evolution of genomes. His research focuses on humans’ domestication of microbes such as koji, a 9,000-year-old mold used to produce soy sauce, sake, miso and other Asian delicacies. By studying alterations in the genes of such...
Clinton Trump pins
October 7, 2016
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.Graduates from Clark University's
October 5, 2016
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,...
Edward Carr speaks as part of a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars in Washington
September 23, 2016
President Obama calls climate change “the greatest threat to future generations.” Yet Americans have not responded to his call to action, he acknowledged recently, because climate change “is not an instantaneous catastrophic event. It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see.”
Professor Benjamin Korstvedt, seated at right at table, presented his research into the music of composer Anton Bruckner in August at the St. Florian Brucknertage festival 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...
Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium, “Home (De)Constructed”
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...
Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado
September 7, 2016
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...
Kate Markham collecting soil samples that will be analyzed for mercury content at Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru
September 2, 2016
Madre de Dios, in the northern Amazon region of Peru, has been hard hit by the devastating environmental effects of gold-mining. “Whole areas have been transformed into veritable deserts and wastelands,” The Guardian reported recently. That ongoing damage drew Kate Markham, a second-year student in Clark University’s...
A barred owl at left, next to another picture of a northern spotted owl
September 1, 2016
The Pacific Northwest is in the middle of "Owl Wars," in which the possible extinction of the northern spotted owl is being weighed against the intrusion of another — the barred owl. After a decade of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that the only way to save the spotted owl from extinction...
Dea Dodi '17
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 and director of the comparative literature major 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...
Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
August 4, 2016
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 wish...
Associate Dean for International Programs Amy Daly Gardner in Poland, Clark University
July 29, 2016
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 have...
Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer looks across train tracks at Novosibirsk, Russia
July 14, 2016
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 the...
Pokemon GO game displayed on a mobile phone
July 13, 2016
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....
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...

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