U of U Professor Jeff Metcalf Helped Develop Utah's Local Clemente Branch, Venture.
In the last week of August William Adams, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was on campus as the guest of Dean Dianne Harris, and he and Dean Harris participated in a downtown event, sponsored by Utah Humanities Council, on the future of the humanities. This Labor Day weekend, Prof. Adams was in the news announcing that the Clemente Course in the Humanities (including the local Venture Program) would be one of the organizations receiving the 2014 National Humanities Medal: “The recipients of this medal have sparked our imaginations, ignited our passions, and transformed our cultural understanding. They embody how the humanities can serve a common good.”
Jeff Metcalf is one of the original faculty members of the Clemente Venture Course, in which he continues to teach. As Jeff describes it, “The Clemente Venture Course is a free, interdisciplinary humanities course offered by Utah Humanities to adults ‘of modest means who dare to dream.’ Venture introduces students living on low incomes to philosophy, art history, literature, American history, and critical writing/thinking. Founded by social justice advocate Earl Shorris, these courses, taught by faculty from the University of Utah and Westminster College, give students new ways of thinking about their lives and their world, developing their ability to think critically and empowering them to take more control of their future.”
For more information about the Clemente Venture Course, visit Utah Humanities.