Examine the interplay of gender and sexuality in the context of New York City — the center of multiculturalism — and explore its impact on communities across the country.

This course will explore gender and sexuality studies in relation to the concept of identity. By placing an emphasis on identities that have traditionally been marginalized or disparaged, this course seeks to think about and approach identity from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. New York City will also be used as a lens through which students can explore how historical and current attitudes toward gender and sexuality have impacted the development of the self. In this course students will discuss and consider questions such as: What is gender? What is sexuality? How do we recognize and maintain our identities? What social movements started in New York City and how have they impacted other communities or cities?

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

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.

• Reflective of a college-level course, students will survey and analyze gender and sexuality theory in relation to identity and representation. Students will be enabled to produce work on course topics both at the personal and societal level, delving into current challenges on a variety of topics.

• A truly cosmopolitan urban center, New York has a rich culture of attracting residents from all over the world and all walks of life. In this course, students will have a chance to meet with community organizers, activists and cultural movers and shakers, visit culturally significant places and hear about what types of careers can be pursued in this area.

• This is a new course. Possible site visits include: Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, James Baldwin residence, Mattachine Society, Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse and Chelsea. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• This is a new course. Possible speakers include: Jeffrey Henson Scales (New York Times Photography Editor), Jackie Molloy (Photojournalist) and Megan Rossman (Filmmaker & Professor, Purchase College).

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: June 7 - June 19

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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