Overview

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. Through a combination of site visits, interaction with artists in a variety of disciplines, assigned reading, and in-class group and discussion, students will employ critical thinking skills in an immersive experience of the city which will serve as a model for viewing the world at large.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will interact with guest speakers, which may include intellectual, artistic and activist leaders as well as professionals who report, document, and critique modern cultural movements and events.

• Through this course, students will transcend the role of tourist or neighbor to explore New York City with the eye of a cultural anthropologist and the critical analysis of a journalist. In the exploration of local culture, students will go on site visits to discover the broad diversity of a city where 40% of the population was born outside of the United States.

• Students will engage in intellectual discussions with peers and experts. The course will encourage students to strengthen their communication and critical thinking skills.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Museum of the City of New York, Lincoln Center Film Society, Langston Hughes House and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Veronica Chambers (Author & Columnist, The New York Times), Roberta Zeff (Editor, WELL, The New York Times), Claire Demere (Executive Development, Pretty Matches), Kendal Henry (Director of the Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs) and Anne Hamburger (Founder & Producer, En Garde Arts).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: July 19 - July 31

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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