WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE HUMANITIES?
The course is based on the idea that the insights and skills offered by studying the humanities can provide us with crucial tools for gaining power over our living conditions, integrating of our past with our present, and becoming more active in our communities.
By reading, viewing, and discussing great works of history, philosophy, art, and literature CVI students will come to understand themselves and their war, combat, and military experiences in ways that can heal and mend divides that often separate us.
WHAT WILL CLASS BE LIKE?
The class will be led by the academic director, Dr. Edward Durgan, and faculty from a range of disciplines. We will begin each evening with a few minutes of checking in to see how everyone is doing. After check-ins, we may conduct a writing exercise or begin reading and discussing one of our texts together. What follows will vary from class to class, but expect to read and talk about our encounter with such texts as:
- Plato, Republic
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
- Pericles, “Funeral Oration”
- Frederick Douglass, “What to a Slave is the 4th of July”
- Homer, The Odyssey
Rest assured, there will never be a quiz, test, or exam in class. Your performance will be assessed through your class participation and written assignments.
WHERE AND WHEN WILL CLASSES BE HELD?
Classes will be held virtually via Zoom web conference software until such time as we are able to resume meeting in person. Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:00 pm PT to 7:30 pm PT. Classes for the fall quarter will begin October 5 and end December 10. Regular attendance helps build classroom community, and it is mandatory to earn the college credit offered by Antioch University.
IS IT REALLY FREE?
Yes! Taking Clemente courses do not affect your GI bill status. We receive funding from various sources that cover all costs.
WHO CAN APPLY?
US veterans from all branches, regardless of discharge status, gender, or deployment. Spouses and dependents may apply too.
You do not need a high school diploma, GED, or college experience to apply. Applicants should want to help build a community of veteran scholars through reading, discussion, and bearing witness to one another’s encounter with the course materials.