Clemente Veterans Initiative Bridging the Divide Course

The Clemente Veterans Initiative (CVI) is offering a free, online course, Bridging the Divide, to all veterans of any age, any gender, any discharge status, and from any service branch.  Friends and family members of veterans are also welcome to join.

This is a free, accredited, college-level course in the humanities — music, film, literature and art — offered to veterans and civilians. Anyone who completes the course will be eligible for 3 college credits from Bard College, NY for free.

The class will be take place twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 ET, for 13 weeks. Each class will be led by experienced teachers and taught in a seminar format, in which all students are expected to participate.  There will be no classes during the week of April 18 (Boston Public School vacation week).

By reading, viewing and discussing great works of humankind inspired by military conflicts throughout history, participants will have an opportunity to create conversational bridges to help mend the divides that too often keep us apart.


Jack Cheng is an art historian and former Academic Director of the Clemente Course in Boston, a college-level introduction to the humanities for lower-income adults.

Jim Dubinsky is a veteran with a PhD in literature who has taught at West Point and currently teaches writing at Virginia Tech.

If you have questions, please feel free to email them at [email protected].

Click here for the online registration form.