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Americas Scholars 2013-2014 Blog

The Narrating the Puerto Rican Diaspora blog was created by Noella Richman and Megan Malloy, 2013-2014 Americas Scholars. The blog features contributions by Noella and Megan as well as guest blog posts from other scholars.

Americas Scholars in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Americas Scholars in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Americas Scholars in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Americas Scholars in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Americas Scholars

Americas Scholars in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Americas Scholars in El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico


The Americas Scholars Program brings together high-achieving juniors and seniors 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, cultural activities, and international or domestic trips with Gallatin faculty members.

A Year-long Program

Throughout the academic year, Americas Scholars explore a particular theme through bi-weekly meetings with a Gallatin faculty mentor. 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. Americas Scholars members must attend and participate in all Americas Scholars functions.

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 or Domestic Travel

The Americas Scholars investigate their yearly theme by traveling as a group during January to an international or domestic location with the Gallatin faculty mentor and a program administrator. Upon return, group members prepare a project based on their explorations and share it with the Gallatin community.

Americas Scholars 2015-16

Cuba: "Labor, Daily Life, and Creative Expression"

Americas Scholars members will engage with the following questions: What activities does daily life include in Havana (for example, acquiring and cooking food, work, leisure, social interaction) and how do people go about participating in them? How do people navigate the possibilities and limitations? How is daily life impacted by gender, race, class, education, and religion? How do different communities and relationships within communities impact daily life? In what ways are forms of creative expression part of daily life or ways to navigate its possibilities? In what ways are work and creativity not isolated realms but integral to daily life and to each other?

Examples of past Americas Scholars travel locations and themes:

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

Americas Scholars Puerto Rico Trip, January 2014

Americas Scholars Tour of East Harlem, Fall 2013

Selection Process and Requirements

Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 are invited to apply during the Spring semester. Selection is based on a student's academic record, his/her demonstrated academic and personal interest in global matters relating specifically to the Americas (Central America, South American, the Caribbean, and North America including the US), and his/her demonstrated commitment to civic engagement.

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.

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(212) 995-4265 fax

Faculty Profile

Valerie Forman

Valerie Forman
Americas Scholars Faculty Mentor, 2015-16

Valerie Forman’s research and teaching interests lie in the literature and culture of 16th- and 17th-century England and Europe, the early modern Caribbean, early modern drama, early modern women writers, early modern economic history and political theory, and Marxist theory. more>


Rahul Hamid

Rahul Hamid
Americas Scholars Administrative Director, 2015-16

Rahul Hamid is a cinema scholar and film critic. His teaching interests include Iranian cinema, silent film, narrative, modernism and cinema, post-colonial studies, genre theory and food studies. more>

Audio Player

Radio Vieques interview

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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