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NYU Gallatin began in 1972 as the University Without Walls (UWW) and has grown to reflect and respond to the changes presented to our students and alumni. Over the years, Gallatin has become academically dynamic, enabling its bright, self-directed, and highly motivated students to take initiative in designing their own educations. As the School enters its 50th year, join us to honor and celebrate all that Gallatin has made possible during the past five decades!

Gallatin Timeline

Key dates that have shaped the growth and expansion of Gallatin over the past fifty years

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Gallatin, 50 Years in Photos

Snapshots of Gallatin history from its earliest days to the present

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Gallatin, A History in Documents

Historical documents that trace Gallatin's path from its early days as the University Without Walls to the formation of the Gallatin School

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Gallatin Deans

Dean Susanne L. Wofford (2007-)

Susanne L. Wofford, scholar of epic poetry and of Renaissance and early modern literature, was appointed the Dean of Gallatin in 2007. Under Dean Wofford’s leadership, Gallatin has continued to grow as a top-tier institution in the field of individualized study. During her tenure, Dean Wofford has nearly tripled Gallatin’s full-time faculty, expanding Gallatin’s research profile and strengthening curriculum in ancient studies, architecture and urban design, history of science, and legal and human rights studies, among others.

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Interim Dean Ali Mirsepassi (2005-2007)

Sociologist and scholar of Iranian history and Middle Eastern culture, Ali Mirsepassi, was appointed Interim Dean of Gallatin from 2005-2007. Mirsepassi is the Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. In 2010, he founded the Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU, which he also directs.

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Dean e. Frances White (1998-2005)

When Dean Koppenaal retired in 1998, e. Frances White was appointed as dean. A professor of history and Black Studies, White was the School’s first female and first African American Dean. She prioritized the hiring of new full-time faculty, diversified the Gallatin faculty and the student body, and led the School’s efforts for a major expansion of the Gallatin building that tripled the footprint of the School. White was Dean of Gallatin through 2005 and went on to serve as NYU’s Vice Provost for Faculty Development from 2005 to 2008.

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Dean Richard Koppenaal (1992-1998)

When Dean Herbert London retired in 1992, Richard Koppenaal was appointed Dean of Gallatin. During Dean Koppenaal's tenure, Gallatin attained School status in 1995. Koppenaal began at NYU in 1964 as a Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science (CAS) and later became the Chair of the Psychology Department and Dean of CAS.

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Dean Herbert London (1976-1992)

Herbert London was named Dean of the Gallatin Division in 1976. During his tenure, London designed the combination of internships, work in civic organizations, experiential learning, and the study of the classics of the Western canon that became trademarks of the Gallatin curriculum. In 1990, Dean London, with support from the first five faculty members--Sharon Friedman, Laurin Raiken, Bella Mirabella, David Moore, and Steve Hutkins--proposed that the Division be granted full school status. Dean London passed away in 2018.

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Past Events

Mar 5

Without Walls: The Gallatin Fashion Show

Hybrid

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Mar 8

A Celebration of Writing at Gallatin: Readings by Faculty, Students, and Alumni

Zoom

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Apr 7

Writing Program Marathon Reading

Lobby (Wendy and Jerry Labowitz Lounge)

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Apr 22

Gallatin Celebrates 50: Earth Day 2022

Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts / Zoom

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Apr 29

Gallatin Celebrates 50: A Symposium of Gallatin’s History

Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts / Streaming

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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