“Re-vision—the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction—is for women more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival. […] We need to know the writing of the past, and know it differently than we have ever known it; not to pass on a tradition but to break its hold over us.”
--Adrienne Rich, "When We Dead Awaken"
Emory's Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts is one of the country’s oldest interdisciplinary doctoral programs and home to various interdisciplinary majors and minors. As an institute, the ILA is in some ways like other departments, but the ILA is unique in fostering interdisciplinary collaborations across the campus, through courses taught by faculty from other departments, public colloquia, and other interdisciplinary initiatives. In 2010, the ILA became the home of the Sustainability and Development Studies Minors, for example, whose core faculty span over a dozen departments.
Undergraduate interdisciplinary study proceeds on the hypothesis that some, if not all, subjects require methodologies, evidence, or texts drawn from more than one discipline, if they are to be understood deeply. Three pillars structure each student's experience in the undergraduate programs of the ILA:
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