Humanistic Inquiry Articles & Blogs

Isabelle Zoeckler sits in the Academic Commons at Clark University with a laptop open in front of her.
October 4, 2017
Isabelle Zoeckler ’17 is mastering the ability to use past experiences as a stepping stone to future success. “During each of my internships, I’ve been able to build my skills,” says the fifth-year student in Clark’s Master's in Professional Communications Program. “My biggest take-away from my collective internship...
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September 19, 2017
Associate Professor John Garton, art historian and painter, returned from Italy this past summer with an idea for an exhibition. But when his show opened last week at the Traina Center for the Arts, there wasn’t an artifact or canvas in sight. “On Roman Time: Minute by Millennium” comprises 28 photographs Garton took while...
Higgins School - Clark University
September 13, 2017
This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities dialogue symposium “Common Pursuits/Public Good” will consider how the arts and humanities contribute to the public good through acts of advocacy and teaching; creation and critique; contemplation and scholarship. “A commitment to the public good premises a system...
Chukwuma Egbuzie speaks to another Clark University student while holding a pen in one hand and an iPhone in the other
September 12, 2017
Chukwuma Egbuzie ’19 believes everyone has a story to tell. He spent this summer documenting the tales of Worcester’s diverse citizens through photography. Egbuzie, an economics and screen studies double major, crafted the digital marketing project — “Global Citizens of Worcester” — during an internship with the...
Casey Bush and Eva Kor talk to each other in office - Clark University
August 31, 2017
Casey Bush ’19 remembers when she first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust. She was in fifth grade, reading “Number the Stars,” a novel about a 10-year-old Danish girl who teams up with the Danish Resistance to help her Jewish friend and others flee the Nazis in Copenhagen.
Crystal Hill stands on a deck overlooking the countryside in Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Crystal Hill ’20 was one of 11 students who spent nine days in Cuba earlier this summer for the course Youth Culture in Cuba: A Service and Learning Opportunity. The group toured organizations that provide opportunities for Cuban youth to express themselves creatively, socially, and politically. Hill, a women’s and gender...
Clark students stand in a line in front of the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana, Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Cuba has often been referred to as an island nation that is “stuck in time.” However, Crystal Hill ’20, a women’s and gender studies major, was pleasantly surprised to notice that while the city of Havana included classic '50s Cadillacs and relics from years past, it also contained billboards about modern-day social...
Adam Katzman stands in doorway at The Blue Lab, with associates at desk in background
August 15, 2017
Adam Katzman ’18 came to Clark University with a passion for American government and politics. After three years with the Student Council, internships with a state representative and a congresswoman, and a fellowship with a Boston-based political campaign incubator, he’s in the thick of it. Katzman spent the summer as a...
Melike Sayoglu standing amid bookshelves in library
July 28, 2017
Melike Sayoglu M.A. ’12 came to Clark University in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, to study for a master’s degree in English. Now a doctoral student here, she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship to support her dissertation work during the...
Adelaide Petrov-Yoo, Clark University
June 5, 2017
Studying abroad in Jordan her junior year gave Clark University history major Adelaide Petrov-Yoo ’17 the chance to learn Arabic and better understand the roots of the Middle East conflict. After returning to Clark in fall 2016, the New Yorker applied that knowledge to write her honors thesis focusing on the Soviet Union’s...
Amy Yeager talks in front of her artwork of internal organs from a cat dissection
May 31, 2017
After living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and Senegal, where she attended small international schools, Amy Yeager ’17 thought Clark University might be a good fit. “Clark was small with a significant international community, so I thought the transition wouldn't be so difficult,” she says. “When I got my acceptance...
Emily Langley speaking at the podium at Clark University
May 31, 2017
As a history major at Clark University, Emily Langley ’17 became interested in studying the roles of the American and Vietnamese women who served during the Vietnam War. One thing was missing, however: primary source material about the Vietnamese women who served. So Langley took matters into her own hands. “When the...
Lisa Musumba sitting outside at Clark University
May 30, 2017
Clark University undergraduate Lisa Musumba ’19 of Nairobi, Kenya, has found a way to apply her multicultural experience and interdisciplinary education to help Spanish-speaking children in Worcester celebrate their heritage. Musumba, who is majoring in media, culture and the arts and minoring in English and Spanish,...
Marisa Natale Seated at a table in the library
May 30, 2017
Marisa Natale ’17 had never considered a major in history, let alone pursuing a doctorate in the discipline. With the encouragement of her academic adviser, Nina Kushner, however, the Clark University graduate is now applying to Ph.D. programs to study Middle Eastern history from the perspective of gender. Natale decided...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
Hollywood star Lauren Adams looks on while student actor and director interact
May 19, 2017
Students in the spring Advanced Digital Production course at Clark University might have felt a little intimidated when they heard who would be critiquing their semester-end film projects: a Hollywood actor and two professional filmmakers. But they soon learned how valuable such an experience could be. “In critiquing...
Clark University associate professor Kristina Wilson, center, with "Cyanotypes" exhibit co-curator Nancy Kathryn Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Hannah Jaffe '16.
May 17, 2017
Kristina Wilson, associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University, received a prestigious Award for Excellence in recognition of her groundbreaking new scholarship as co-curator of "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," a unique and popular exhibition...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
Despoina Lioliou talks to two middle-school students in the classrom
May 8, 2017
For three hours each week, Clark University students bring a world of poetry into Worcester classrooms — with the impact extending far beyond the city limits. The In Our Own Words program pairs Clark undergraduates with 25 seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Claremont Academy to translate poetry from around the world...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...
Psi Chi students seated with professor adviser
May 4, 2017
Clark University’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology, has been selected for the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. The award is presented annually to recognize a chapter for its significant and demonstrable team leadership. The Clark chapter will receive a $2,000 prize and a...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
May 2, 2017
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of an...
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May 2, 2017
It’s spring, and soon parents at high school graduation ceremonies will be beaming to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Not so long ago, many of them sat anxiously in school guidance offices, driven to ensure their children chose the right colleges, filled out the proper forms, wrote the best essays, took enough...
Undergraduate and elementary students sitting on the floor in a classroom
April 24, 2017
On a chilly, gray day inside an Atwood Hall rehearsal space, children call “¡Hola!” to one another as they run through the door, flinging their coats onto the floor in a colorful heap. They’re rushing to grab a snack and join the group of Clark University student volunteers gathered in the space filled with salsa music and...

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