International and Domestic Travel
The Americas Scholars investigate their yearly theme by traveling as a group during January to an international or domestic location. Group members prepare a project based on their explorations and share it with the Gallatin community.
Examples of past travel locations and themes:
- Cuba: "The Effects of Economic Embargo"
- Hawaii: "Colonialism and Indigeneity"
- New Orleans: "The Social Production of Natural Disaster"
- Brazil: "Consumerism"
Americas Scholars 2013-14
"Puerto Rico and New York: Culture and Community"
This year the Americas Scholars will investigate the relationship between Puerto Rico and New York by considering various connections between Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in New York City. What roles do literature, art, and music play in defining and sustaining a sense of community in both places? How is Puerto Rican culture defined and mobilized in New York and in Puerto Rico? To what extent are cultural connections maintained between New York City and Puerto Rico? Does cultural exchange happen in both directions? How do activism and politics connect and/or divide Puerto Ricans in New York and Puerto Ricans on the island? The group will travel to Puerto Rico in January 2014 and will spend time in San Juan, Ponce, and Vieques.