The Clark Honors College values debate in the public space, and inaugurated its summer reading program in 2009. All incoming freshmen read an assigned book and participate in an online forum facilitated by CHC student leaders and faculty. Upon arriving on campus in the fall, students engage with the book through dialogue with their peers, guest speakers, and other enrichment opportunities.
In 2009, CHC student Alex Goodell CHC ‘11 brought to the CHC an initiative to introduce incoming freshmen to debate in the public space. The CHC Common Reading program incorporates the reading of an assigned book with an online forum where students identify, discuss, and debate issues raised in the book. The class of 2013 found the forum’s discussion socially, personally, and academically effective: it helps to forge a sense of CHC community.
This summer, the CHC is pleased to present Michele Norris' The Grace of Silence. Incoming CHC freshmen will receive a complimentary copy at IntroDUCKtion in July, and are expected to read the text and contribute meaningfully to the online forum before New Student Orientation (NSO) in September.
Grow with the conversation! Contribute to the Common Reading online discussion forum here.
In Fall 2012, over 180 incoming freshman class of the Robert D. Clark Honors College moved into the brand new Global Scholars Hall. For these students, the GSH offers a dynamic learning environment consisting of many varied living and learning spaces as well as five co-located language immersive programs (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French). The GSH also features its own Resident Scholar and Undergraduate Services Libriarian. Other building highlights include a learning commons, five incorporated classrooms, a multipurpose performance room with elevated stage, study rooms, a presentation practice room, and the Fresh Marketcafe. To explore further, visit the Global Scholars page.