Bridging the Divide: April, 2018

What is it:

Bridging the Divide is a five week-community-building arts and humanities workshop focusing on the experiences of war.  It brings together veterans and civilians –  groups who don’t often have a chance to exchange ideas with one another.  By reading, viewing and discussing great works of literature and art 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.


Each class will be led by experienced teachers and taught in a seminar format, in which all students are expected to participate.  We will begin with a 20-30 minute discussion on visual art, and the remainder of the two-hour session will be spent discussing a selection of literature, poetry and short stories.


Who we are:

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


Ann Murphy taught literature and Peace Studies at Assumption College and teaches writing and is the Assistant Academic Director of the Clemente Course.


Ruth Rohde has master’s degrees in social work and creative writing and leads monthly book discussions on literature and the experience of war for employees at the Bedford VA.


When is it

The workshop will be held on five consecutive Mondays from April 2 to April 30 from 7-9 pm in the evening.


Where is it (and how to get there)

The class will be held in the Codman Square Health Center in the Boardroom (downstairs next to the Pharmacy).  Codman Square Health Center is at 637 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.   Directions by car or MBTA can be found on the Codman Square website here.


How to apply

If you are interested, please fill in the online registration form.

One of us will follow up with a telephone call.



If you have more questions, please feel free to email us at