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Gallatin Americas Scholars

Americas Scholars in El Yunque

Gallatin Americas Scholars in El Yunque Rainforest

The Americas Scholars Program brings together high-achieving students at Gallatin who are interested in matters related to the Americas—understood quite broadly to include the US, other parts of North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Americas Scholars participate in academic seminars and cultural activities with Gallatin faculty members.

Group Meetings and Activities

Throughout the academic year, Americas Scholars explore a particular theme through bi-weekly evening meetings. The majority of Americas Scholars activities will take place during this time, although some activities such as dinners and performances may occur at other times.  

Examples of Americas Scholars activities:

  • Attending lectures and readings on topics related to the Americas
  • Visits to museums, dance performances, musical performances, and other cultural events
  • Independent research and collaborative group projects

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:

  • Puerto Rico: "Puerto Rico and New York: Culture and Community"
  • Cuba: "The Effects of Economic Embargo"
  • Hawaii: "Colonialism and Indigeneity"
  • New Orleans: "The Social Production of Natural Disaster"
  • Brazil: "Consumerism"

Americas Scholars 2014-15

Details coming soon.

Americas Scholars Puerto Rico Trip January 2014

Americas Scholars Tour of East Harlem Fall 2013

Selection Process and Requirements

Selection for the Americas Scholars is based on the student's academic record at Gallatin, demonstrated commitment to civic engagement, and interest in the Americas (demonstrated through academic and extra-curricular pursuits). Qualified candidates are invited to apply during the end of the spring semester.

Once accepted to the program, Americas Scholars are expected to:

  • Earn a minimum semester GPA of 3.5 during each term of membership.
  • Register for and participate actively in their group’s bi-weekly seminar, which is 0 credits and graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis. The majority of group activities will take place during these meeting times, although some activities such as dinners and performances may occur at other times.
  • Contribute toward the cost of travel (special provisions such as payment plans are available if financial circumstances warrant; please do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying).

For more information, contact Gallatin's Office of Global Programs at gallatin.global@nyu.edu or 212.998.7133.

Faculty Profile

Michael Dinwiddie

Michael Dinwiddie
AS Faculty Mentor, 2014-15

Michael D. Dinwiddie’s teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theater history, dramatic writing, filmmaking and ragtime music. more>


Amy Spellacy

Amy Spellacy
AS Administrative Director

Amy Spellacy’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, literature of the Americas, U.S. Latino/a literature, and transnational literary and cultural studies. more>


Scholars on Radio Vieques

During the January 2014 trip to Puerto Rico, several scholars participated in a radio program hosted by Robert Rabin on Radio Vieques.

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Radio Vieques interview

Scholars in Vieques

Scholars in Vieques

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