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2000 - 2009


John E. Bassett becomes the eighth president of Clark University.

Clark's International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department is established to foster environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well being in both the developing and developed world. In 2003 the Department celebrated the inauguration of 10 Hawthorne Street as its new home.

The first annual Fall Fest showcasing undergraduate research and creative work is held.

Susan Hanson is the first female geographer elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hanson received the National Geographic Society's Van Cleef Medal for outstanding work in urban geography in November 1999.


Senator John Kerry leads a town meeting in Tilton Hall in October to discuss the Sept. 11 attacks.

Worcester Education Partnership (Worcester Public Schools and Clark's Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education) receives an $8 million "Schools for a New Society" grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


The opening of the Traina Center for the Arts, named for former president Richard Traina and his wife Polly, is celebrated with a week of special events in October. The Center building is the former Downing Street School.

The first annual International Gala is performed.


The Thomas M. '62 and Joan E. '60 Dolan Field House opens in May with a special event during Reunion Weekend. The project also involves the reconfiguration and renovation of the athletic fields and the Corash Tennis Courts.

Russia's former foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev addressed Clark students in Razzo Hall on the subject of the Iraq war. The following month the Clark community held a teach in and panel discussion on the War.


University Park Partnership receives the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.

The Office of Academic Advancement is established to assist domestic students of color and first-generation college students with academic planning and retention.


The Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience opens in January, and would later receive LEED GOLD certification, the first building in the city of Worcester to do so.

Changing the World: Clark University's Pioneering People, 1887-2000, by former Clark president Richard P. Traina, is published.

The first Academic Clark Excellence (ACE) Summer Institute offers its pre-orientation program for domestic students of color and first-generation colege students. ACE supports participants through graduation from Clark University.

The first annual Hervey Ross '50 Oratorical Contest is held in the Traina Center for the Arts

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer II, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority that was in charge of reconstruction of the government in Iraq, speaks with Clark Students on Monday, April 18 about the war in Iraq.

Deval Patrick, later Governor of Massachusetts, campaigns in Razzo Hall on October 6, 2005.

Former Ambassador Joe Wilson, husband of CIA operative Valerie Plame of the Plame Affair, addresses the Clark student body.


Clark launches the Difficult Dialogues initiative with major funding from the Ford Foundation.

The Steinbrecher Fund for undergraduate research is created.


The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is established thanks to a generous founding gift (the largest to that date in Clark's history) from two Clark alumni, William '76 and Jane '75 Mosakowski.

Clark signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, becoming a charter signatory to this national initiative.

Blackstone Hall, a Silver-LEED-certified, apartment-style residence hall, opens.

Clark's International Development, Community and Environment Department is chosen to be the coordinating unit for United Nations aids2031, a global consortium seeking solutions to the AIDS crisis.


On February 4, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses an audience of approximately 3,500 in Kneller Athletic Center. Daughter Chelsea Clinton visits Clark three weeks later.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis delivers the Presidential Address for the Mosakowski Institute's inaugural conference "University Research and the American Agenda."


Academic Commons at Goddard Library opens. Extensive renovations of the University's main Robert H. Goddard Library have created a cutting-edge facility offering centralized academic and research support services for the entire campus community. The Academic Commons project includes redesign of existing space and the addition of 11,000 square feet achieved by enclosing the plaza level.

The "Freud Revisited: 1909-2009" conference is held, with Sigmund Freud's granddaughter, Sophie Freud, delivering the President's Lecture.

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise co-sponsors the LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) Conference at Clark University.

Clark's Climate Action Plan is announced in December 2009 laying out the strategy through which Clark will achieve climate neutrality by a target date of 2030.