Clemente Course in the Humanities
The Clemente Course is an accredited interdisciplinary humanities course for underserved 10th and 11th grade students who are part of the AVID program. Taught primarily by college professors, the course is intellectually rigorous, focusing on significant multicultural works using primary documents, group discussion, writing, and group projects as the basis for learning, and is consistent with Utah’s new Common Core curriculum. The pilot course is underway at East High School in Salt Lake City. Stay tuned for information about this life-changing course and the terrific students who have decided to be involved.
The Venture Course in the Humanities provides adults facing economic barriers with a chance to start college. Modeled on the Clemente Course in the HumanitiesSM, created by educator and journalist Earl Shorris in 1995 and now an international movement, Venture is a year-long, introductory humanities course taught by university and college faculty in Salt Lake City, Ogden and southern Utah (Cedar City region).
Venture includes sections in literature, American history, art history, philosophy, and writing/critical thinking. Successful students of Venture in Salt Lake City receive credit from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In Ogden, Weber State University provides credit for Venture. In southern Utah, Venture students receive credit from Southern Utah University.
In Salt Lake City, Venture is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center (1234 S Main St).
In Ogden, the Venture Course meets 6:00-8:00 p.m. from September through April on the campus of Weber State University.
In southern Utah, Venture is held on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Residents of Ogden wishing to apply for Venture should contact Tonia Wilson, 801-589-1324 or firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online or by mail through the links below:
Residents of Salt Lake City should contact Jennifer Bauman, 801.635.7915, email@example.com or apply online or by mail through the links below:
Residents of Cedar City should contact Lindsay Fullerton, 435-590-6430, firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online or by mail through the links below:
Curious about Venture?
"Read an essay from a Venture alumnus about the profound effect the course has had on his life”: Essay
Click an icon below to watch an 11 minute streaming video featuring interviews with graduates of the first Venture Course in the Humanities.
Or read a Deseret News feature article about Venture by Elaine Jarvik
Or, to hear Jeff Metcalf, English professor at the University of Utah and on the Venture faculty, talk about his experience teaching Venture students, click here.