President Jennifer J. Raab highlights successes of Arts Across the Curriculum
In her Spring 2012 Open Line, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab describes the achievements of the Arts Across the Curriculum initiative:
"We are dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the Hunter experience, across every discipline and campus. This past fall, with the support of a $100,000 planning grant from the Mellon Foundation, we launched Arts Across the Curriculum (AAC), an interdisciplinary initiative that has already proved an enormous success. The AAC faculty planning committee, chaired by Professor of English Rebecca Connor in conjunction with Project Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley, has sponsored artist lectures, multidisciplinary presentations and performances, and faculty forums. This semester, Hunter is offering nine Arts Across the Curriculum pilot courses that incorporate a study of the arts into subjects from astronomy and chemistry to religion and European history. The AAC course "Distinguished Living Writers,'' developed in collaboration with Hunter's MFA program in Creative Writing, gives students the rare opportunity to not only study the works of extraordinary living writers, but also meet and interact with them. We have partnered with several cultural institutions and organizations throughout New York City, including the Rubin Museum, the Society of Illustrators, and the Creative Coalition. The AAC website will go live in March; in the meantime, please look for email announcements about upcoming AAC-sponsored events, including presentations by filmmaker Chantal Akerman and neuroscientist David Eagleman, a faculty summit, and a performance of short operas written, composed, and performed by Hunter students and faculty from across the disciplines. Our planning year culminates with a proposal for a much larger grant and a multi-year initiative. The success of this ambitious proposal hinges upon broad participation by faculty from all of Hunter's disciplines and schools. We thank those faculty members who have generously shared feedback, ideas, proposals, and syllabi with Project Director Meyers-Kingsley and Professor Connor."