Welcome to the Jefferson Clemente Course: a Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities

  • The  Jefferson Clemente Course is an affiliate of the Clemente Course in the Humanities®, a nationally acclaimed, free, college-level course in the humanities for low income students.

The course is based on the belief that anyone, if given the opportunity and support, can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to enrich and transform his or her life.

All tuition, books, childcare and transportation costs as needed are FREE to qualified students.


Watch a short film about our course. 


Bard CollegeOur Course is accredited by Bard College.  Successful students receive transferrable college credits.



For more information:

Lela Hilton, Academic Director  hiltonl@olympus.net or 360-732-0007


Remembering Earl Shorris:  1936-2012

Earl Shorris meets with students and faculty from the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.