Free Minds Dallas
Free Minds Dallas was launched in 2014 by the Foundation for Community Empowerment working to identify systemic problems endemic to the distressed South Dallas area. Frazier Revitalization participates as a community quarterback – coordinating and guiding the activities of neighborhood stakeholders that lift up people and cultivate places so Frazier can be a thriving community.
Clemente is based on the conviction that by studying the humanities, individuals who have been denied access to economic, cultural and social opportunities develop the critical, reflective, and creative skills that empower them to work effectively toward improving their own lives and those of their families and communities.
Clemente provides free, accredited college courses in the humanities to those marginalized by economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Using the Socratic method, the Clemente Course provides a rigorous education in literature, philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing.
The experience of Clemente students around the world has demonstrated that through the dialectics of learning, in a caring and respectful classroom, participants develop crucial tools to set in motion personal and societal change, and are empowered to participate more fully in civic life.
John Douglas Macready | Course Director
Ph.D. University of Dallas
Professor of Philosophy, Collin College
Teaching Area: Critical Thinking/Philosophy