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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
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,...
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.
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”
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...
Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado
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...
Dea Dodi '17
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.
Associate Dean for International Programs Amy Daly Gardner in Poland, Clark University
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...
Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
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...
Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer looks across train tracks at Novosibirsk, Russia
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...
Pokemon GO game displayed on a mobile phone
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...
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Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel died last week at 87 years old, but not before working unflaggingly to keep the memory of those lost during the Holocaust alive and to encourage the world to remember and understand what both victims and survivors endured. “Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices,” he said...
Etta Scott-Smith
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...
An aedes aegypti mosquito
With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro quickly approaching, the controversy over whether to hold the games in one of the countries most impacted by the Zika virus is heating up. It was important for Clark University Philosophy Department Chair Patrick Derr to draw attention to the risk Zika poses by adding his name to...
CarrieAnn Cormier
CarrieAnne Cormier, a local, part-time student in Clark’s Graduate School of Management, pictured above, spoke to GSOM communication specialist Meredith Galena about her experience, what brought her to Clark’s M.B.A. program and how she’s already utilizing her newfound knowledge in her position as vice president of...
Carla Lee Perez
Carla Lee Perez ’19 traveled to Colombia recently as part of a Clark University social entrepreneurship project to assist the Fundación Mujeres Empresarias Marie Poussepin (or Marie Poussepin Women Entrepreneurs Foundation), a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Bogotá. The foundation helps women develop urban...
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...
Clark University research professor of psychology Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
You've graduated from college, you're ready to take on the world and, according to new research, you may be doing so from your old bedroom at your parents' house. A Pew Research Center analysis of 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data released last week found people ages 18 to 34 were more likely to be living in a parent's home...
Dollar bills in a pile
Who doesn’t love getting a raise? Thanks to new Labor Department rules, 4.2 million more Americans can soon expect a bump in pay — or some additional free time. When it takes effect on Dec. 1, the Overtime Rule will make salaried white-collar workers who earn less than $47,476 a year (or $913 a week) eligible for time-...
Clark students visit the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston
It’s hard to consider a controversial topic from a different political viewpoint, and it can be especially difficult in today’s polarized landscape. Enter Assistant Professor Heather Silber Mohamed’s Introduction to American Politics course, where students took on personas of legislators to do just that during a 2½-hour...
Globe in hands
Mother Nature has a new, powerful ally — a group of 21 Americans ages 8 to 19 who filed a lawsuit against the federal government for, they say, not acting quickly enough to stop global warming. Our Children’s Trust, a climate advocacy group for all generations, according to its website, filed the suit on behalf of the...
Miles Davis portrait
If you’ve spent any length of time on Clark’s Worcester campus since 1994, you’ve probably walked by famed jazz musician Miles Davis a hundred times and not realized it. A colorful painting of the famous trumpeter hangs tucked away in a corner of the first floor of the Higgins University Center, on the wall above the...
Writing a different future - Climate Change Teach-in on Speculative Fiction
In his 2006 film "Children of Men," director Alfonso Cuarón lays out a bleak vision of the future: nearly two decades of human infertility have left society angry, violent and hopeless. But tucked into the “extras” on the DVD of the movie is a documentary that may be even more bleak than the movie itself because it...
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
The world can be a noisy place, but what happens when, out of all of those voices in traditional and social media, you can’t find one with which you identify? That was the issue Amani Al-Khatahtbeh faced and set out to resolve with her website MuslimGirl.net. Al-Khatahtbeh, 23, now the CEO and editor-in-chief, founded...
Théodore Chassériau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Witches cursed, ghosts haunted, guilty hands were stained with stubborn blood, and once again, as he has on countless stages for almost 400 years, the murderous Macbeth met the fate he deserved. It all took place in Shakespeare & Company’s 2016 touring production of “Macbeth” in Atwood Hall, Feb. 3-5. The...
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Jennifer Abrams Jennifer R. Abrams ’91 graduated from Clark with a degree in art history and urban geography and has been on the move since. She’s worked for Calvin Klein, Armani, The Limited and Ann Taylor, and prior to her career in fashion worked at Christie’s, the Guggenheim Museum and the Phillips Collection....

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