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Founded in 1952, Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA) was one of the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in the United States. Today, the ILA provides a unique, intellectual environment for the pursuit of research projects that cut across conventional academic boundaries. The Institute has a tradition of fostering emergent fields of study and has encouraged the practice of new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. It provides a challenging space for both faculty and students to pursue theoretically sophisticated and methodologically innovative studies of history, culture and society. Read More

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Recent ILA graduate Jean-Paul Cauvin has been awarded a postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania.The University of Pennsylvania launched the Integrated Studies Program. The program is "designed around the idea that no single discipline or perspective can be applied to complex problems; instead, students tackle problems using multiple disciplines and approaches." As a graduate of the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Jean-Paul is no stranger to interdisciplinary work. Please read more about Jean-Paul Cauvin and his work at:

We are pleased to announce that two of our graduate students will have articles published in Volume 6 of Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin while our esteemed Professor Sander Gilman will have the honor of writing the introduction. Sasha Klupchak's article "What makes Max Cleland an 'Esquire Man'? The Vietnam War veteran as the self-made American man," and Meredith Kooi's article "Watching 'Touch': Exploring Dance as a Possibility of Bodily Permeation and Posture" will appear in the publication's 2014 Winter edition.

Mary Battle has won the 2012 International Award for Excellence from the Inclusive Museum Journal for an article she published while she was a PhD candidate at Emory. Please take a look at the following link:

IDS major Kevin McPherson recently published "COMT Genetics: How Scientists and the Media Promote a Heteronormative Binary" in the Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal please take a look at the following link:

Congratulations to all our new Doctors of Philosophy who participated in our Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremonies: Leigh Miller, Mashadi Matabane, Jean-Paul Cauvin, Josef Horacek, Harold Braswell, Angela Ragan, Anson Koch-Rein, Jennifer Sarrett, Claire Clark, Megan Friddle, Ronald Joseph Orr, Michael Hall.

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