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The Art of Freedom

Teaching the Humanities to the Poor
The Art of Freedom
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WW Norton
Seeking answers to the toughest questions about poverty in the United States, Earl Shorris had looked everywhere. At last, one resounding answer came from a conversation with a woman in a maximum-security prison: the difference between rich and poor is the humanities. Shorris took that idea and started a course at the Clemente Family Guidance Center in New York. With a faculty of friends, he began teaching the great works of literature and philosophy—from Plato to Kant, from Cervantes to Garcia Marquez—at the college level to dropouts, immigrants, and ex-prisoners. From that first class came two dentists, a nurse, two PhDs, a fashion designer, a drug counselor, and other successes.Over the course of seventeen years the course expanded to many U.S. cities and foreign countries. Now Earl Shorris has written the stories of those who teach and those who study the humanities—a tribute to the courage of people rising from unspeakable poverty to engage in dialogue with professors from great universities around the world.This year, in a high school on the South Side of Chicago, a Clemente Course has begun that may change the character of public education in America and perhaps the world.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the author's observations of circumstances reflected in a maximum-security prison and subsequent launch of a humanities college course for dropouts, immigrants and former inmates who eventually became high-achieving contributors to society, tracing how his course expanded throughout the world to help combat poverty-related imprisonment rates. 10,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A conversation in a prison cell sparks an ambitious undertaking to attack the roots of long-term poverty.
The idea came from a woman in a maximum-security prison: the difference between rich and poor is the humanities. The writer took that idea and started a course at the Clemente Family Guidance Center in New York. With a faculty of friends, he began teaching the humanities at the college level to dropouts, immigrants, and ex-prisoners. From that first class came two dentists, a nurse, two PhDs, a fashion designer, a drug counselor, and other successes.

Over seventeen years the course expanded to many U.S. cities and foreign countries. Now Earl Shorris has written the stories of those who teach and those who study the humanities—a tribute to the courage of people rising from unspeakable poverty to engage in dialogue with professors from great universities around the world.

This year, in a high school on the South Side of Chicago, a Clemente Course has begun that may change the character of public education in America and perhaps the world.

Book News
Author Shorris (1936-2012) was awarded the National Humanities Medal for founding the Clemente Course in Humanities, Inc. Here, he offers a memoir of teaching humanities to impoverished populations, which began with his work at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center in New York in 1995, teaching literature to immigrants and ex-prisoners. He tells of the struggles and rewards of teaching and his guidance to founders of the Clemente Course in different areas of the country and the world. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the author's observations of circumstances reflected in a maximum-security prison and subsequent launch of a humanities college course for dropouts, immigrants and former inmates who eventually became high-achieving contributors to society.

Authors: Shorris, Earl, 1936-2012
Statement of Responsibility: Earl Shorris
Title: The art of freedom
teaching the humanities to the poor
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 302 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Humanities Study and teaching United States Education, Humanistic United States Poor Education United States Adult education Study and teaching United States
Indexed Term: Humanities and the poor Clemente course in the Humanities
Topical Term: Humanities
Education, Humanistic
Poor
Adult education
LCCN: 2012034389
ISBN: 9780393081275
0393081273
Branch Call Number: 001.3071 S
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