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"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: 

  • a critical perspective on the history, inter-relationship, and contested nature of disciplinary boundaries, specifically with reference to social structures of education and higher education
  • a focus on writing as a crucial dimension of fully engaged reading, understanding, and public scholarship, specifically as embodied in the Writing and Research Lab initiative that has served over 100 students per semester since its inception in 2008
  • vibrant co-teaching as a model and embodiment of interdisciplinary inquiry and learning at the undergraduate level: IDS and AMST courses invite and regularly involve fully engaged co-teaching (e.g. in IDS 200 Interdisciplinary Foundations & IDS 205 Interdisciplinary Science), team-designed curricula (e.g. in AMST 190 Citizenship) and porous classrooms that invite relevant scholars from across the Emory campus, Atlanta, and beyond (e.g. IDS 250 Ethics of Leadership). 
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