Liberal Studies Events

The Core Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on building a community of scholars, and co-curricular activities are an essential part of our community. While Core Program students participate in many NYU activities and organizations, those sponsored by our program augment our curriculum and bring faculty and students together outside the classroom. Our colloquia, websites, and faculty-sponsored student organizations help students make connections among their Core Program courses and between our curriculum and the cities in which they are studying it. Through co-curricular activities, we bring intellectual theory into contact with daily experience.

Annual program-wide events bring renowned scholars and artists to speak to Liberal Studies students. Recent visitors include Yale art historian Timothy Barringer, philosopher Peter Singer, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Student organizations like the Cinema Club, the Economics Club, and the Politics Club offer smaller, regular forums for speakers and discussion on topics as diverse as film, international markets, and global current events. And our paper and web-based student publications such as the West 4th Street Review literary magazine and the NYU Global Express magazine provide forums for student voices.

The following is a sampling of regular co-curricular activities.

The Liberal Studies Colloquium
The annual Liberal Studies Colloquium brings students and faculty together to discuss a topic related to all of our core courses. The day-long event includes keynote addresses by academics distinguished in their fields followed by small, discussion-centered breakout sessions; it is also accompanied by a web module of faculty-authored reference documents available on the Virtual Commons Blackboard site. Find the 9th Annual Colloquium web module here.

Liberal Studies Lecture Series
Each year Liberal Studies organized and sponsors a lecture series that features prominent speakers on issues relevant to the study and celebration of great works traditions in cultures around the world.

Liberal Studies Faculty Readings
The faculty of Liberal Studies is a community of active scholars and thinkers, with countless publications to their names. Every semester, Liberal Studies professors with recent publications are invited to read publicly from their works to an audience of Liberal Studies students.