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Founded in 1952, Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA) was one of the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in the United States. Today, the ILA provides a unique, intellectual environment for the pursuit of research projects that cut across conventional academic boundaries. The Institute has a tradition of fostering emergent fields of study and has encouraged the practice of new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. It provides a challenging space for both faculty and students to pursue theoretically sophisticated and methodologically innovative studies of history, culture and society. Read More

Spotlights & Events

The ILA's rising star in the art world, Fahamu Pecou, is currently featured in the Emory News as he talks about how his work challenges the ideal of black masculinity. Please read more at the link: Artist and scholar: Fahamu Pecou challenges concepts of black masculinity.

2012 ILA PhD Alumna Ann E. Vandenberg has just published in the journal of  International Psychogeriatrics. Her article titled: Public perceptions about risk and protective factors for cognitive health and impairment: a review of the literature deals with the public's perceptions of Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and the risk factors for such cognative diseases. 



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