LEVEL: Undergraduate & Graduate, NYU and non-NYU students
TOPICS: Literature, art, food, African American studies, and more
DEADLINES: Round 1: Dec. 5 | Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship) | Round 3: March 6
Meet Prof. Priest and learn more about the course!
Location: 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building)
Dates and times TBA
James Baldwin in Paris
It is often claimed of Paris that the color blindness of its citizens and politics created a haven for African American expatriates. It is certainly true that some of the most important political, philosophical, literary and artistic works of African American culture arise from an encounter with the City of Light, but contained within these works is not "racelessness" but a pronounced sense and articulation of what it means to be a Black American.
From the written works of Harlem Renaissance writers Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Countee Cullen that fomented the Negritude movement, to the performances of Josephine Baker, to the art of Henry Ossawa Tanner and Beauford Delaney, to the music of jazz musicians Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Bill Coleman, to the political philosophies and writings of W.E.B Dubois and James Baldwin, Paris's influence on the creation of African American culture has been profound. Less noted is the degree to which the African American presence in Paris influenced international art and political thought, from the use of African cubism among European artists to the shaping of the philosophies of thinkers like Sarte, Camus and de Beauvoir.
We will focus on Paris as a site of exchange—as an intersection through which pass influential ideas, forms and actions. We will consider the degree to which the encounter with Paris paradoxically made African American writers and artists more aware of and intent upon defining and articulating their Americanness, and finding in it a foundation for increased political activism and shaping of a Pan-African sensibility and community. This class will examine the literature, art, food, geographies and politics of African American expatriates in Paris, paying particular attention to the ways that the view from another shore shaped political thought and activism arising from a deepened awareness of national and international identity that Paris inspired.
Trips to explore the richness of African American life in Paris will include walking tours of "Black Paris," visits to the Louvre and other museums that hold African American art, restaurants that were centers of African American culture in Paris, and even gravesites where expatriates are buried, and which raise crucial questions about the meanings of "home." Students will have plenty of time to use the ideas and works in the course to create their projects and pursue their own ideas.
Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities foundation requirement.
Undergraduate & graduate students, NYU and non-NYU schools
Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2017 term
● Online application [coming Fall 2016]
● Personal statement
● Transcript (non-NYU students only)
● Reference contact information (faculty member or primary academic adviser)
Round 1: Dec. 5 Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship)
Round 3: March 6
Students are admitted on a rolling basis and the program may fill quickly. Early application is encouraged. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Admission decisions are based on strength of students' academic performance and the personal statement, as well as space remaining in the program.
Personal Statement: A 250-word statement addressing academic reasons for wanting to participate in this program as well as any experience living or traveling in another country.
Transcript: Required for non-NYU students only (Gallatin's Office of Global Programs will review transcripts for NYU students in Albert). An unofficial electronic transcript may be submitted through the online application (preferred); emailed as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org; or delivered to Gallatin Global Programs, 411 Lafayette St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10003.
Interview: Not required for program admission, but some final candidates may be contacted for an interview as needed.
Note: fees below are from 2016; update coming soon
Tuition, 4 credits: $3550
NYU Registration & Services Fee: $680
Program Fee: $850
Other Costs to Consider:
Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.
Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.
Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.