Explore diverse neighborhoods and cultural hubs to examine the eclectic expressions of New York — a cosmopolitan city with influence.

The culture of New York City is as eclectic as it is influential. With its stunning diversity of ethnicities and sheer size, the Big Apple has established itself as an incubator of cultural movements that have swept the nation and the world. From modern dance to figurative expressionism to the Beat Generation and the African-American Renaissance, time and again the expressions of the city have become the expressions of our wider culture.

In this course, students will critically examine the current culture of New York City. Site visits will immerse students in diverse neighborhoods to explore the culture through music, food, street art and other manifestations of everyday existence. Readings and classroom discussion will challenge students to analyze the unique nature of the city’s culture, why it matters to its inhabitants and how some aspects of this current culture may translate to the future culture of the nation or world.

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Tours of neighborhoods known for their cultural diversity and immigrant populations
  • Live musical performances
  • Restaurants and ethnic food markets
  • Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Previous speakers in courses with related themes have included:

  • Mallika Rao, journalist David Gonzalez, reporter, The New York Times
  • Sara McElroy, architect RAE, street artist

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 21 - August 2

LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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