Call for Applications: Spring 2021 Side-Car Courses

Call for Applications: Spring 2021 Side-Car Courses

October 13 - November 16, 2020

We invite applications from Emory College faculty members interested in developing a side-car course as part of a team that includes a faculty member in another department or discipline and two IDEAS fellows. Each faculty member in the team receives $1000 (before taxes).

Welcome Message to First-Year and Transfer Students

Welcome Message to First-Year and Transfer Students

Our Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) welcomes first-year and transfer students to Emory and overviews our majors. Whether you are interested in declaring a major in the ILA or in taking an IDS or AMST course, this will give you an quick overview.

First-year students' stories of a pandemic: Study seeks data to help them flourish

First-year students' stories of a pandemic: Study seeks data to help them flourish

Dr. Robyn Fivush is among researchers from five universities across the country collaborating on a study focused on narratives written by first-year college students from last fall about their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The longitudinal study will follow the students for a year or more to track their psychological well-being and academic performance.

 Emory community shares 'Stories from the Pandemic'

Emory community shares 'Stories from the Pandemic'

Living through a pandemic affects people in many different ways. Read or listen to stories about dealing with COVID-19, or become part of Emory’s history by sharing your own experiences through the new “Stories from the Pandemic” website.

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on what she has learned from teaching IDS 220

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on what she has learned from teaching IDS 220

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush writes in her Psychology Today blog The Stories of Our Lives about what she has learned while teaching IDS 220 "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" during spring semester of 2020. "They came to class from all over the world, from all their individual time zones, from as close as Atlanta and as far away as Bangkok. They engaged in deep discussions about how the pandemic changed their understanding of what it means to be human, to forge connections, to care about others, to live in cities during a time of crisis, and to be aware of one’s own mortality."

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on how stories help us cope

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on how stories help us cope

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush writes in her Psychology Today blog The Stories of Our Lives about how during social distancing, family stories will keep us close. "These are unnerving times and all of us are struggling to make sense of the COVID-19 crisis. Experts are providing excellent advice on how to practice self-care, how to keep your families safe, how to talk with your young children about what is happening, and I encourage you to take advantage of all of these sources of information. But here is one more thing you can do—tell family stories! " (Photo: IDS major Erin Oquindo participates in an IDEAS Fellowship Story Circle event, Aubrey Graham Photography)

Emory mourns sudden passing of ILA alumnus and Rose Library curator Pellom McDaniels

Emory mourns sudden passing of ILA alumnus and Rose Library curator Pellom McDaniels

The ILA mourns the death of alumnus Pellom McDaniels, who received his ILA PhD in American Studies in 2007. Dr. McDaniels was a valued member of the Emory community, serving most recently as curator of the African American collections at Emory's Rose Library. We send our thoughts to his family and many friends.

IDS major David Kulp selected for 2020 Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship

IDS major David Kulp selected for 2020 Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship

Four outstanding graduating seniors from Emory University will spend the next year at the University of St Andrews in Scotland through the prestigious Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship program. Emory College of Arts and Sciences students Sarah Hunter, David Kulp, Samah Meghjee and Adesola Thomas will join the community of more than 300 scholars who have participated in the program since its founding in 1976.

ILA Student contributed to The Washington Post

ILA Student contributed to The Washington Post

If you know me well, you know that I collect “kippahs.” In fact, I have a collection of over 200 kippahs, also known as yarmulkes. They include bulk-ordered bar and bat mitzvah kippahs, kippahs from Kippa Man (a store in Jerusalem) and cherished friend-made, hand-crocheted kippahs. Some days I choose to wear a light-colored kippah, other days, a Batman logo kippah. I wear my rainbow kippah to Pride parades and my Emory University kippah to school events.

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on how family stories help children weather hard times

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on how family stories help children weather hard times

In times of great stress, stories sustain us, says Robyn Fivush, director of the Family Narratives Lab in Emory’s Department of Psychology. Family reminiscing is especially important, says Fivush, who is also director of Emory’s Institute for the Liberal Arts. When children learn family stories it creates a shared history, strengthens emotional bonds and helps them make sense of their experiences when something senseless happens — like the current global pandemic.

Call for Applications: Fall 2020 Side-Car Courses

Call for Applications: Fall 2020 Side-Car Courses

April 6 - April 24, 2020

We invite applications from Emory College faculty members interested in developing a side-car course as part of a team that includes a faculty member in another department or discipline and two IDEAS fellows. Each faculty member in the team receives $1000 (before taxes).

2020 ILA Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium

2020 ILA Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium

At the end of each spring semester, the ILA hosts their Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event is an integral of the undergraduate experience in the ILA.

To the ILA Graduating Class of 2020

To the ILA Graduating Class of 2020

The faculty and staff of the ILA share their warm wishes to the Interdisciplinary Studies and American Studies Class of 2020.

To the IDEAS Class of 2020

To the IDEAS Class of 2020

The faculty and staff of the ILA share their warm wishes to the IDEAS Fellowship Class of 2020.

IDEAS Fellow Kira Tucker named 2020 Lightkeeper of Emory

IDEAS Fellow Kira Tucker named 2020 Lightkeeper of Emory

The Lightkeeper of Emory recognizes a senior who works to make the world a better place without seeking attention or accolades for his or her actions. The award, established by the Order of Ammon, was first given in 2019.

Fall 2020 Sidecar Courses

Fall 2020 Sidecar Courses

Our Fall 2020 offerings of sidecar courses are now live in the Course Atlas. From climate change and COVID-19 to Beowulf and Greek dramas, these 1-credit interdisciplinary courses bring together faculty across various departments in the College.

IDEAS Fellow and IDS major Prasanna Karur creates PlayGround podcast

IDEAS Fellow and IDS major Prasanna Karur creates PlayGround podcast

How can we rediscover our inner child? IDEAS Fellow and IDS major Prasanna Karur explores this question in his podcast PlayGround with guests' childhood adventures and passions to understand how our inner child impacts our lives today. Through each episode and conversation, Prasanna works toward making this world more of a PlayGround, with an emphasis on the play.

Spring 2020 IDS Special Topics course allows students explore Atlanta's cultural history first-hand

Spring 2020 IDS Special Topics course allows students explore Atlanta's cultural history first-hand

The city of Atlanta is right at Emory’s doorstep. Yet, very few courses have been offered that allow students to learn about the city firsthand. Hoping to remedy this, I designed and taught IDS 385: Atlanta Urban and Cultural History this spring.

Congratulations to ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2020

Congratulations to ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2020

Congratulations to the ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2019: Fatima Elfakahany, Mariam Hassoun, David Kulp, Erin Oquindo, Andy Paul, and Kira Tucker.

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on the importance of sharing family stories

ILA Director Dr. Robyn Fivush on the importance of sharing family stories

We’re losing generations of family history because we don’t share our stories. But here's how to get your kids, siblings, and parents talking.

IDEAS Fellow Mariam Hassoun interviewed for #IAmEmory

IDEAS Fellow Mariam Hassoun interviewed for #IAmEmory

Academic powerhouse and Oxford Continuee, Mariam Hassoun EC ’20 describes her passion for making a positive impact on the world! Our Video Team explores her dedication to serving her community through Model UN and the IDEAS Fellowship. This May 2020, Mariam plans to graduate with a degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, but the incredible work she is doing academically will be her legacy.

ILA Faculty featured in "The Secret Benefits of Retelling Family Stories"

ILA Faculty featured in "The Secret Benefits of Retelling Family Stories"

Children learn about family history and identity through stories told by older generations.

IDEAS Fellow Namrata Verghese publishes debut collection of short fiction

IDEAS Fellow Namrata Verghese publishes debut collection of short fiction

In The Juvenile Immigrant, her sparkling debut collection of short fiction, Namrata Verghese explores the disorders and triumphs of Indian immigrants, especially Malayalees, in America.

IDEAS Fellow Lydia Abedeen Selected for 2019¿2020 ARL Fellows for Digital and Inclusive Excellence

IDEAS Fellow Lydia Abedeen Selected for 2019¿2020 ARL Fellows for Digital and Inclusive Excellence

IDEAS Fellow Lydia Abedeen was among 12 undergraduates chosen by the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Selection Committee to participate in the 2019¿2020 fellowship.

Leigh Schlecht wins national leadership award

Leigh Schlecht wins national leadership award

Leigh Schlecht, an ILA and IDEAS Fellowship alumna, has been named one of Omicron Delta Kappa¿s (ODK) Leaders of the Year for her work in journalism, speech and mass media.

About to publish her first book, Emory College graduate creates understanding through stories

About to publish her first book, Emory College graduate creates understanding through stories

When Emory College of Arts and Sciences senior Namrata Verghese graduates May 13, she leaves a legacy of leadership in the liberal arts that helps other students discover new insights through interdisciplinary study.

ILA Alumna Rosemary Magee Wants Her Estate Gift to Inspire Others to Do the Same

ILA Alumna Rosemary Magee Wants Her Estate Gift to Inspire Others to Do the Same

Rosemary Magee's (82PhD) 40-plus years at Emory included teaching courses in English, interdisciplinary studies, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies; serving as senior associate dean for resources and planning of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, as well as university vice president and secretary; and directing the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

Claiming Our Unladylike Story

Claiming Our Unladylike Story

February 28, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Anthro 105

Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, founders and hosts of the podcast Unladylike, investigate how sisters are doin' it for themselves in spite of all those unwritten but all-too-real expectations of how we should live our lives.

 Recent IDEAS alum is Emory's first winner of prestigious scholarship to study for two years in France

Recent IDEAS alum is Emory's first winner of prestigious scholarship to study for two years in France

Jacob Kasel 18C will study for two years in France as the first Emory University winner of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship.

Congratulations to ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2019

Congratulations to ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2019

Congratulations to the ILA students named 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2019: Claire Barnes, Matthew Heldman, Julianna Nikodym, Zachary Raetzman, Leigh Schlecht, Namrata Verghese, and Madelyn Zapata.

Exhibit by ILA alum Dr. Fahamu Pecou featured at Michael C. Carlos Museum

Exhibit by ILA alum Dr. Fahamu Pecou featured at Michael C. Carlos Museum

January 19 - April 28, 2019

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance by Dr. Fahamu Pecou explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in the US. The exhibit is on display from January 10 - April 28, 2019.

Two ILA students chosen as Bobby Jones Scholars for year of study in Scotland

Two ILA students chosen as Bobby Jones Scholars for year of study in Scotland

ILA students Farah Al Chammas and Claire Barnes are among four outstanding graduating seniors chosen to study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland through the prestigious Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship program next year.

2019 ILA Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium

2019 ILA Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium

April 30, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Callaway, S420

All ILA juniors present research proposals; ILA Honors recipients present research results. Attendance at the Symposium is mandatory for all ILA majors. Lunch and snacks will be served.

2019 Newsletter

2019 Newsletter

Read our 2019 newsletter.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

See the ILA courses offered in Spring 2020. Whether you are looking to fulfill requirements or discover a few passion electives, our interdisciplinary course offerings have something for everyone.

Spring 2020 Sidecar Courses

Spring 2020 Sidecar Courses

The Spring 2020 sidecar courses are now live in the Course Atlas.

Open Class with Dr. Cornel West

Open Class with Dr. Cornel West

On December 6, 2019, students in IDS 385W Tales of Citizenship: 19th Century Russian and American Writing had the rare privilege of sitting with Dr. Cornel West at their seminar table in the ILA’s new Learning Commons in Callaway Building.

IDEAS fellows among finalists from Emory for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

IDEAS fellows among finalists from Emory for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

IDEAS fellows Leigh Schlecht and Namrata Verghese join two other Emory students as finalists for the 2019 Rhodes Scholarship, the largest cohort of Rhodes finalists for the university in at least 30 years.

ILA alumna named in 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

ILA alumna named in 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Laura Asherman 10OX, 12C is named among the 2018 Class of Emory's Office of Alumni Engagement awards program which annually spotlights selected alumni for having made a significant impact in business, research, leadership, public service and/or philanthropic endeavors.

New "Ideas" - The 2018 Fellowship Retreat

New "Ideas" - The 2018 Fellowship Retreat

Elizabeth Crusey 20C reflects on the 2018 IDEAS Fellowship retreat.

Poet Richard Blanco visits Emory and the ILA

Poet Richard Blanco visits Emory and the ILA

Lydia Abedeen 20C reflects on U.S. Inaugural Poet (2012) Richard Blanco's visit in October 2018.