ITALIC (Immersion in the ARTS: Living in Culture) is an arts-minded, residence-based academic program for first year students. Using art as the frame for discussing big ideas, frosh who participate in this yearlong academic program will be part of a tight-knit community, living together, attending classes, and making art in Stern Hall’s Burbank House residence.

ITALIC is built around a series of big questions about the historical, critical, and practical purposes of art. The yearlong experience also fosters close exchanges between students and faculty, guest artists and scholars outside of class over meals, in hands-on arts-making workshops, and on excursions to arts events.

In ITALIC you’ll look closely at the integration of arts across the university and in the world outside, examining how art can illuminate or challenge existing categories of knowledge—history, politics, and culture, particularly since the 19th century. Immersed in the arts, you’ll analyze major works of the visual, performing and filmic arts, sharpen your perceptual skills, and tap into your own channels of creative expression. Turning an aesthetic lens on life’s ordinary and exceptional features, ITALIC asks: How do the arts provide new ways of thinking about our world and ourselves?

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