The Albert Gallatin Scholars (AGS) program offers selected entering Gallatin undergraduate students of exceptional ability an enriched educational and cultural experience that includes special seminars, intellectual mentoring, and international travel opportunities. The program also offers access to cultural and social pursuits made possible by Gallatin's location in one of the great artistic, financial, and media capitals of the world: New York City.
Membership in AGS is extended during the Gallatin admissions process. Entering first-year students are invited to participate in the program based on their academic record and extracurricular achievements in high school; there is no application. Students may remain in the program throughout the course of their undergraduate education at Gallatin, provided they maintain a 3.5 GPA at NYU and participate regularly in scheduled meetings and activities.
Each year, AGS explores a broad intellectual theme through biweekly seminars with a Gallatin faculty mentor. Scholars meet with guest lecturers and discuss the politics, art, language, economics, environment, and culture of the country they will visit. Short readings are required for most meetings. Throughout the year, Scholars also attend concerts, plays, gallery openings, films, and lectures that stimulate intellectual curiosity. Gallatin subsidizes entry fees for most events.
Scholars are also encouraged to make a meaningful contribution to community or public service by choosing or creating a volunteer project that benefits others and promises to be personally valuable and intellectually enriching. Some examples include volunteer work with Campus Harvest, Grand Street Settlement, the NYU Anti-Hunger League, Words Without Borders, and the Bowery Mission.
Scholars may participate in two international study trips with the group during their undergraduate years; generally, they can choose which trips. To prepare for travel, Scholars study the culture, history, and economy of the country in the biweekly seminars. Gallatin subsidizes the cost of international travel, with Scholars usually contributing between $400 and $500 of their own funds.
South Africa: "Globalization and Contemporary Art"
Scholars will examine how globalization has been historicized and theorized, and how what is normatively labeled the “global south” fits in this discourse alongside art practitioners who are either stationed in the so-called “global south” or whose work deals with the politics of globalization, and how the "global south" is situated therein. The seminar will focus on the role and history of the fine arts in South Africa, with special attention paid to the role of artists, writers, and curators post 1994.
Upon return from the international study trip, Scholars produce Mosaic, a publication featuring their scholarly essays and creative pieces reflecting on the trip.
Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
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AGS Faculty Mentor, 2015-16
Meleko Mokgosi is an artist who works within an interdisciplinary framework to create large-scale project-based installations. His practice addresses questions of nationhood, anti-colonial sentiments, and the perception of historicized events. more>
AGS Administrative Director
Patrick McCreery's teaching and research interests lie in the areas of sexual politics, family life, and social space in the United States. more>