Liberal Education and Effective Practice Articles & Blogs

Clark University student film Eyeline premiere
May 17, 2018
Murder. Betrayal. A man tied up in a basement. A woman crashing through a window. Menacing hallways and shadowy corners hiding ugly secrets. The cast of “Eyeline” poses on the red carpet: From left, Taylore Lombardi, Dylan Tovey, Bridgette Sullivan, and Max Marcotte. Just a typical night at the movies for Clark University.
Andres Gvirtz standing, with drone flying over his right shoulder
May 16, 2018
Some people want to place their big idea into the pipeline. Andrés Gvirtz ’18 prefers that his soars over it. Gvirtz was the winner of the $5,000 first-place prize in the Ureka Big Idea Challenge for his company, CompactCopters, through which he hopes to develop a drone that will revolutionize the pipeline-inspection...
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...
Tiana Golding stands in front of the Great Wall of China
April 27, 2018
For years, Tiana Golding ’19 has been fascinated with China and how the world’s most populous country interacts with the United States. She studied China as a student at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. And she set her sights on continuing her studies at Clark University....
Krithi Vachaspati stands in Clark's Academic Commons
April 6, 2018
Some unsung heroes are the ones behind the camera. Krithi Vachaspati ’18, a photographer for Clark University’s student newspaper, The Scarlet, and a social media outreach coordinator for Clark’s Amnesty International chapter, is looking to reframe the big picture by helping shape public policy and law in the areas of...
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...
Kathryn Parent of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, leads a group of Clark students on a tour next to the river at River Bend Farm Visitor Center at the Blackstone Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts
March 15, 2018
When Aidan Giasson ’21 arrived at Clark University from Rockland, Maine, in fall 2017, she wasn’t yet sure about her academic interests. A First-Year Intensive (FYI) seminar with Associate Professor of Geography Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.’03, helped Giasson sort that out. "The class helped me discover what some of my true...
Donald Spratt standing with his research team of students in his lab
March 12, 2018
What do autism spectrum disorder, Huntington’s disease, breast cancer, HIV, flu virus, Ebola and male infertility have in common? They are among the many medical issues linked to the biochemical dysfunction of proteins within the human body controlled by another protein, ubiquitin. For more than a decade, Donald Spratt, a...
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...
Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
Valerie Diaz models shirt, posing in front of graffitti wall
January 12, 2018
Clark University has produced numerous successful entrepreneurs, including Trustee Ronald Shaich '76, L.H.D. '14, founder of Panera Bread and Au Bon Pain, and Brad McNamara, M.B.A./ES &P ’13, co-founder of Freight Farms. Clark students model ShirtShack + Co products: standing, from left, Valerie Diaz ’20, Priyanka...
David Angel sitting among students in his First Year Intensive seminar course
January 11, 2018
As high school students filled out applications for the fast-approaching Jan. 15 deadline at Clark University and other colleges, a recent column in The Washington Post examined which skills employers are seeking from recent graduates. Google, it turns out, is bypassing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and...
Gilman scholars standing for a posed shot
January 9, 2018
Thirty percent of Clark University undergraduates study abroad, compared with only 2 percent of college students nationwide. And now there’s even more good news to report: Clark has a record number of students – nine – who received the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern...
Clark students Jenna Harrison-Peters, Rose Wine, Gabriella Southwick and Fiona Daly posing for a photo at the Women of the Channel Career Pursuits Workshop
December 21, 2017
The United States will continue to see an increase in computing jobs over the next decade, but more than two-thirds of those jobs will go unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified applicants. At the same time, more men than women continue to pursue information technology careers, despite the fact that more women are...
Michael Boyer and Christopher Arumainayagam watch Muhammad Kasule pour liquid into a scientific instrument in the laboratory
December 18, 2017
Muhammad Kasule ’18 is graduating from Clark University this December with multiple research experiences in hand, including one where he’s examining how life may form in outer space. “My research is centered on understanding how prebiotic molecules form in space,” Kasule says. “Prebiotic molecules are essentially the...
Olivia Barksdale sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream
December 8, 2017
Problems of Practice (POP) courses at Clark University allow undergraduate students to gain internship-like experience outside the classroom. This semester, students in Professor John Baker’s POP course on “Small-Scale Land Conservation in Massachusetts” connected not only with the great outdoors but with local...
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...
Erika Schaper standing in the jungle in the Philippines
December 4, 2017
Since 1893, most biologists have accepted Dollo’s law, named for the Belgian paleontologist who hypothesized that evolution moves forward, never reversing. A living organism doesn’t regain a trait — an inherited characteristic, like a tail or limb – lost during its evolutionary development, Louis Dollo suggested. About...
Student Jeremy Maltz sitting and talking with group of retirees, including Clark alumnus Ken Hedenburg, Class of 1950
November 27, 2017
Undergraduates who take Clark University’s The Art and Science of Management course accrue skills that prepare them for careers in businesses or nonprofit organizations. They also gain experience by designing a project to share those skills with a community organization, a course requirement. From left, Clark students...
Four NOAA Fellows stand on campus green
November 9, 2017
Clark University’s 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows returned to campus this fall after a summer of research in Massachusetts and Maryland. Their faculty mentors and other attendees honored the four undergraduates at a lunch this week on campus. Sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute...
Sweta Basnet standing near a building in Nepal
November 1, 2017
Two years after twin earthquakes struck central Nepal, the country is still feeling the aftereffects. Thousands of residents are living in temporary shelters, and communities are working to rebuild hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. About Sweta Basnet ’18 Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Spanish Hometown...
Clark Theatre Rehearsal - Clark University
October 27, 2017
About a decade ago, Theatre Arts Professor Gino DiIorio had an idea while reading work submitted by students in his Playwriting class. “I kept saying, 'This isn’t bad. We should get it up on its feet.' Then I thought, why don’t we put it up on its feet?” And the biennial New Play Festival was born. The fifth festival,...
Jia Wei, at left, pointing at scientific instruments, with Micheal Kebede observing
October 26, 2017
As an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, Michael Kebede ’18 has spent his time at Clark University immersed in his element. He’s had the opportunity to conduct research in several laboratories on campus, and this summer, as a LEEP Fellow, he interned with Dr. Jia Wei, Ph.D. ’15, a research...

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