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28 Aug
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Aug 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM-12:15 PM


BA Convocation

Convocation is a key event during Welcome Week. Built around the discussion of shared texts, Convocation is a moment for all entering first-year Gallatin students to come together and explore interdisciplinary approaches to issues that will be at the  forefront of their studies for the next four years. This year, all incoming students to NYU will be reading the same required text: Tara Westover's memoir Educated. All incoming Gallatin students will receive a copy of Educated in the mail.

You are also expected to read and should be prepared to discuss several short supplementary readings: Joan Didion’s “On Keeping a Notebook”; Frederick Douglass’s letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe; Gertrude Mossell’s “A Lofty Study” and Mary Pember’s “Death by Civilization.”

The essays are available as PDFs on the First-Year Gallatin Students Portal, To access the PDFs, go to the portal and click on “Required Summer Reading.”

Send along any questions you may have about Gallatin Orientation Week to the Office of Student Life by writing to



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