The Americas Scholars brings together high achieving students at Gallatin who are interested in matters related to the Americas—understood quite broadly to include the U.S., other parts of North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Americas Scholars members partipicate in academic seminars and cultural activities with Gallatin faculty members.
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.
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.
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 traveled to Puerto Rico in January 2014 and spent time in San Juan, Ponce, and Vieques.
Selection for the Americas Scholars is based on the student's academic record at Gallatin and demonstrated interest in the Americas through academic and extra-curricular pursuits. Suitable candidates are invited to apply during the end of the spring semester.
Questions about the Americas Scholars? Please contact Gallatin Global Programs.
During the January 2014 trip to Puerto Rico, several scholars participated in a radio program hosted by Robert Rabin on Radio Vieques.