News and Events
The Core Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on building a community of scholars. 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 such as the address by the author of the Freshman Reading and the Core Program Student-Faculty Colloquium bring renowned scholars and artists to speak to our students. Recent visitors include Yale historian Jonathan Spence, philosopher Peter Singer, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Student organizations like the Liberal Studies Cinemathèque, 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 Student Life blog provide forums for student voices.
The following is a sampling of recent co-curricular activities.
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.
The 2008 Liberal Studies Lecture series, entitled 40 Years After Tet: The Memory of Vietnam, was organized and moderated by Master Teacher Rolf Wolfswinkel. Presenters included Tony Williams, Susan Farrell, and Professor Wolfswinkel.
Critically acclaimed author Susan Choi gave a reading from her latest novel, A Person of Interest, followed by a Q & A session for Liberal Studies Creative Writing students in April 2008.
Liberal Studies student Devon Irete was a freshman in Florence during the academic year 2007-08 when she organized her classmates into a production of the Greek comedy Lysistrata. After a semester of rehearsals, the final production took place in May, outdoors on the Villa La Pietra grounds.