IDCE Articles & Blogs

Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
April 1, 2017
Online magazine Nylon.com marked Muslim Women’s Day this week by highlighting the work of eight female Muslim journalists including Hasnaa Mokhtar, a Clark University doctoral candidate.
Meghan Kelly, a graduate student at Clark University, standing on land in the Arctic.
March 16, 2017
Researching spoon-billed sandpipers in the Arctic might not sound like a job for a prospective M.B.A. student, but that’s exactly what led Meghan Kelly down the path toward graduate school at Clark University. In a recent blog article for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International’s...
Doctor helping woman
March 15, 2017
Clark University has launched the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Master of Health Science in Community and Global Health program, offered through the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE) beginning in August 2017. The M.H.S. program, which was created with the help of a $500,000 grant from the...
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...
Clark professor Ousmane Power-Greene, Robert Ross and Jude Fernando at an MLK Day panel presentation event.
January 30, 2017
About 600 people attended the Jan. 20 MLK Racial Justice Teach-In at Clark University to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to rally for an America that embodies his vision of justice for all members of society.
Clark University alumni Leah Penniman ’02, M.A.T. ’03, and her husband, Jonah Vitale-Wolff ’02
December 23, 2016
In the summer of 2014, Leah Penniman ’02, M.A.T. ’03, and her husband, Jonah Vitale-Wolff ’02, invited 20 aspiring black and Latino farmers to spend a week at their upstate New York property. Participants arrived at Soul Fire Farm from nearby cities, and as far away as Florida and California, to “restructure the narrative...
Mary Ellen Boyle
October 27, 2016
Detail from Raphael's "The School of Athens" “Reading Raphael in Hanoi,” an article featured in last month’s issue of The Atlantic, contained a prize-winning essay by Vietnamese student Thanh T. Nguyen. In his essay, Nguyen described what he had learned from reflecting critically on Renaissance-master Raphael’s painting “...
Odgerel Chintulga outside in Mongolia, with mountains in background
September 26, 2016
Clark University junior Odgerel Chintulga took her LEEP project back home this summer. The native of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, conducted research on the mining industry’s impact on the nomadic people of Khanbogd. Odgerel Chintulga interviews families in Mongolia.
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.”
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...
Farida Hassan conducts field work in Turkana County, Kenya
September 2, 2016
After earning a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Clark University, Farida Hassan, M.S./ES&P ’10, identified a need for environmentally sustainable community development in one of the places that mattered the most to her — Kenya, the country where she was born. “I wanted to give back to my...
Clark's Model UN team at a Harvard University MUN conference in February 2016.
August 25, 2016
Imagine being in a room with hundreds of other people, each of whom comes to the table representing a different country’s interests. Your challenge: to explain your assigned country’s stance on an important topic like free speech and privacy, build consensus and negotiate a draft resolution upon which all parties agree....
Jonas Clark Hall and the red square in view
August 22, 2016
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
Meghan Kelly, a graduate student at Clark University, standing on land in the Arctic.
August 18, 2016
Clark University graduate student Meghan Kelly’s summer job as a cruise director might bring to mind visions of island hopping, basking in the sun and relaxing poolside in a deck chair. The Arctic isn't all snow and ice, as Meghan Kelly finds during an exploration on shore.
Prof. Laurie Ross ’91, M.A. ’95, with Dayanara Negron and her daughter, Jediah Russell, outside the Main South Community Development Corporation. Photo by Matt Healey
August 9, 2016
The professors and students in Clark’s Community Development and Planning (CDP) program learn from and work alongside members of the very community they want to transform. Their research not only pursues solutions to problems besetting urban neighborhoods, but also helps governments and nonprofits aspire to a more socially...
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...
Christopher Owens, professor Jude Fernando and the rest of the class visit Haiti
August 3, 2016
Since arriving at Clark University last fall to study international development and social change, Christopher Owens, M.A. '17, has traveled to conduct research about refugees in two countries: Haiti and Jordan. Read more about Christopher Owens' trip to Haiti with Associate Professor Jude Fernando, pictured here in a...
Shared Worlds Clark magazine
August 2, 2016
A low hum of chatter fills the dining room of the Worcester Senior Center as Anita Fábos describes the findings of Shared Worlds, a research project exploring the relationships between the city’s native-born and foreign-born residents.
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...
Lelani Williams demonstrates her Sun Top Solar Cooker on a sunny day at Clark University in Worcester.
June 29, 2016
On a sunny day in Haiti, Lelani Williams, M.B.A./M.A. (CDP) '16, started crafting a recipe. She wanted to feed people devastated by natural disasters, but, more importantly, help them feed themselves more easily in the future. Her recipe didn’t use traditional ingredients. It consisted of equal parts hard work, inspiration...
Jude Fernando overlooks a field in Haiti in 2016
June 28, 2016
Sitting on the edge of the bed of a pickup truck with a driver "maniacally navigating" the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Associate Professor Jude Fernando is relaxed and smiling, with his hair and long beard blowing in the wind. He's explaining what connections the five Clark University graduate students...
June 7, 2016
Dear reader, Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer is inviting you on a 7,000-mile, six-book literary journey across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a great...
Ike McBride and Roberto Diaz speak at Laurie Ross' class at Clark University
May 18, 2016
Clark students meeting Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King (center) at the May 2 Youth Worker Training Institute (YWTI) graduation included, from left, Ayfer Hurmuzlu, Ariel Maiorano, Sherine Brown, Ambar Hajariya and Anthony Ortiz. Christian Wilson, far right, assists with the YWTI. Worcester City Councilor...
Ellen Foley in Senegal
February 25, 2016
A medical anthropologist and interim director of Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department program, Ellen Foley has been collaborating with a multinational research group to gather baseline epidemiological data on changing health patterns in the urban areas of Saint-Louis, Senegal, and Bobo...

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