The M.A. program encourages graduate students to collaborate with one another and participate in the larger intellectual community of the Gallatin School. There are opportunities to connect with graduate students with shared interests at social and academic events throughout the year.
The academic year begins with M.A. Convocation, an event that introduces new graduate students to faculty and other members of the cohort, and helps students think about how to construct a meaningful program of study during their time at Gallatin. Because M.A. students work across disciplines but also across modes of engagement (often combining the theoretical and the practical), convocation provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary study, as well as the relationship between theory and practice.
Gallatin’s Writing Program expands opportunities for studying writing, engages students in a variety of experiential and individualized modes of learning, and focuses writing across, as well as at the center of, Gallatin’s curriculum. The Writing Program sponsors conferences and readings by faculty, students and guests and a Writing Center that employs students, and publishes an annual journal of student writing and visual art, the Gallatin Review. The Writing Program also sponsors civic engagement projects through which students work with adults and adolescents at literacy sites and public high schools, and publishes the Literacy Review, an annual journal of the best writing by adults from about 50 countries. For further information, downloadable texts, podcasts and videos, visit the Writing Program homepage.
In spring 2012, the Writing Program launched Confluence—a new digital platform for student writing, research and art at Gallatin. The work published in Confluence is adapted and reimagined from a variety of sources, including: works printed in the undergraduate print journals (the Gallatin Review, the Gallatin Research Journal, the Journal of Global Affairs), art exhibited in the Gallatin Galleries, performances mounted during the Gallatin Arts Festival and Master's Thesis Showcase, teacher-nominated work, independent projects commissioned by the student editors, and more. Material on the site can be browsed by “section”—the genre of the work; fiction, poetry, video, art portfolios, research, etc.—or by “context”—how the work was generated; through a course, a publication, an arts event, or an independent project. Gallatin graduate students are welcome to contribute work to Confluence and apply for the editorial board.
The Gallatin Arts Festival is a week-long, community-wide celebration of the unique artistry and interdisciplinary scholarship of students at the Gallatin School. The festival features student work and serves as a springboard for action and discussion through the creation and presentation of work and ideas. Students are invited to present a wide range of media, including performance, dance, film, installation, painting, photo, video, sculpture, intervention and other forms of activism. Gallatin graduate students are encouraged to submit work to the festival.