ClarkNow Articles & Blogs

Miles Davis portrait
April 1, 2016
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...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
March 30, 2016
Session Two of the March 23 Climate Change Teach-in at Clark University was organized around the question, How do we choose to respond?  The session comprised nine conversation groups or panels. One panel, Making Black Lives Matter on Earth, examined racial justice and environmental movements, revealing connections and...
Clark University Climate Change Teach in
March 30, 2016
"What is it about humans?" The question rings true of just about anything people do, but it has special resonance when considered in the context of our planet's fate.
Paper ball and a paper ball earth
March 30, 2016
Audience members at the "Disposable Goods, Disposable People, Disposable Planet" panel at March 23 Climate Change Teach-In raised the question "What makes a good life?" in relation to cultural values.
Climate change panel at the Climate Change Teach-In at Clark University
March 30, 2016
The stakes are high. The planet is changing profoundly. What does it mean, what is possible, and what is needed? Clark University's second Climate Change Teach-In on March 23 brought the campus together for a deep consideration of the challenges to the planet's health. The day featured a variety of teach-in sessions and a...
Writing a different future - Climate Change Teach-in on Speculative Fiction
March 30, 2016
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...
The Gala Effect
March 28, 2016
The International Students Association (ISA), a student initiative at Clark University, will showcase a rich variety of entertainment from the many cultures represented within Clark’s community during the annual International Gala, on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Kneller Athletic Center, Downing Street. For...
Clark University Katlyn Greger stands by a portion of her mural at the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury
March 25, 2016
For Clark University junior Katlyn A. Greger, artistic interests transcended into effective practice when she was given the opportunity to create a mural for the Worcester County Food Bank. The biology and studio art double-major was initially recognized for her creative abilities while interning with North Grafton-based...
Esteemed social entrepreneur Catalina Escobar ’93 will speak at Clark’s Commencement, May 22. She is pictured here at the Juanfe Foundation in Colombia, which she created and directs.
March 24, 2016
The 112th  Clark University Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 22, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The procession from the Kneller Athletic Center will begin at noon, followed by a University-wide ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker is Catalina Escobar, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez...
TCK Conference
March 24, 2016
Navigating the being of being more than one particular thing. For Teja Arboleda '85, keynote speaker of the annual Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads Conference held on Feb 27 at Clark University, these words described his own journey through multi-national, multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural identities. As one of...
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
March 23, 2016
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 Al-Khatahtbeh, 23, now the CEO and editor-in-chief, founded the...
Matt Maranz story about Friday Night Tykes
March 17, 2016
Matt Maranz spent a chunk of his summer in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, a tradition-rich region northwest of Pittsburgh that has been the breeding ground of NFL stars like Joe Namath and Mike Ditka. As the producer of the Esquire Network’s documentary TV show “Friday Night Tykes,” which devoted its first two seasons to...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
March 16, 2016
Ben Bagdikian ’41, who died March 11 at the age of 96, enjoyed a storied career in journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize, reported on prisons, poverty and civil rights, and defied the federal government by helping publish the Pentagon Papers, thus securing one of history’s greatest victories for freedom of the press.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
March 14, 2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren poses for a photo with Lee Gurel ’48, prior to the Senator giving the 2016 Gurel Lecture. / Photo: Matthew Healey It was not a religious revival, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren did ask for one “amen” from the podium in Clark University’s Atwood Hall. Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic decision...
Skye Wingo - Clark University
March 8, 2016
Skye Wingo learned many things while studying abroad in Japan during his junior year, perhaps none more important than this: impossible dreams can come true. “Being a student in Japan was … a dream I called impossible. Once it hit me that I was actually attending classes, the classes I had only seen on TV or read in books...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
March 7, 2016
Clark University's Mock Trial Team heads to the American Mock Trial Association Sub-National Tournament for the third consecutive year following their outstanding performance at the 2016 New Haven Regional Tournament at Yale University.
March 3, 2016
Twelve Clark University students accompanied Professor Mark C. Miller of the Political Science Department to Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 and 29 to hear oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. The trip was funded in part by the Barry ’62 and Elaine ’65 Epstein Pre-Law Fund, the June Patron ’65 Endowed Fund, the Law...
Clark University Climate Change Teach-In is March 23
March 1, 2016
Naomi Klein delivered the Feb. 26 President’s Lecture, which kicked off the University’s second annual Climate Change Teach-In to be held March 23. The Teach-In is a campus-wide event exploring the climate crisis and possible responses to it through a series of panels, presentations and dialogues. "Climate change is a...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren will speak at Clark University in March
March 1, 2016
Senator Elizabeth Warren will speak at the Sixth Annual Lee Gurel '48 Lecture at Clark University, part of the inaugural Gurel Symposium on Education, titled "NEXT GEN LEARNING:  Opportunities for urban education in the new federal law." The free, public event is slated from 10 to noon, Monday, March 14, in Atwood Hall.
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 29, 2016
On Leap Day in 2012, Clark University celebrated the official launch of its pioneering model for higher education known as LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice). Today, the first students to experience LEEP throughout their four years as "Clarkies" are preparing to graduate, making this February 29th seem an...
Model UN team at Clark University
February 26, 2016
A delegation of 20 members of Clark University's Model U.N. Team recently participated in the 62nd session of the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference (HNMUN 2016); several returned with awards for their performance in highly competitive committees. Pingzhen Hu ’16 (left) and Doga Bilgin ’16 were both awarded...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 26, 2016
John ADEkoje Clark Arts is proud to present “The American of Wisconsin and the Story of Two Lovers by a Bridge,” a new play from Boston playwright — and Company One Theatre (founded by Clarkies) board member — John ADEkoje. The play centers around Gebnga, a Nigerian stand up comedian trying to find his way in Lacrosse,...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 25, 2016
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of, is kicking off Women’s History Month at Clark University. Al-Khatahtbeh, 23, who founded the website as a 17-year-old, plans to discuss how the site has been a forum for serious discussion about the intersection of Islam and Muslim women’s feminist...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 24, 2016
Clark University junior Alicja Gancarz has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Boston (PBK-Boston), a local affiliate of the nation's oldest and most distinguished collegiate honorary society, in recognition of her strong academic record and for her exemplary essay describing how she...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
February 22, 2016
Clark University is number 23 on the Peace Corps' 2016 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Clark is ranked on the list of small colleges and universities, with 8 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. Since 1961, 255 Clark alumni have served in the Peace Corps; this is the second straight...