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Lily Marks ’15, Meghan O’Sullivan’15 Named NY6 Think Tank Fellows


Lily Marks ’15 and Meghan O’Sullivan ’15 have been selected as NY6 Think Tank fellows. The NY6 Think Tank is community of professionals and students from the six member schools who wish to disrupt—rethink and rewrite—public conversations on the state of the arts and humanities.

The NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium members are Hamilton College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Colgate University, Union College and Skidmore College.

The Fellows Program offers students an opportunity to participate in the NY6Think Tank. The theme for 2015 concerns the surprising ways in which the Arts and Humanities are transforming and being transformed by our rapidly changing world. 

Students will create and publish their own projects through multimedia outlets of their choice for which they will receive a $500 stipend of upon successful completion of the project. The program began Feb. 5 and continues through May 1.

In her application Lily Marks, a comparative literature major wrote,“My proposed project would examine connections.  The more I learn about the world, the more the borders between art and science, literature and law, or even poetry and math reshape.  Arts and humanities bleed into every other aspect of human life, and my project would demonstrate this.  I plan to write a series of essays addressing these connections.  Each short essay would juxtapose two seemingly distinct fields, and discuss the how they influence, shape, and inform one another.   I plan to use a blog or website in order to reach the widest possible audience.”

Meghan O’Sullivan, a comparative literature and public policy major wrote, “I am a self-proclaimed public radio and podcast addict, and would love to use this medium in order to spur conversations on public education policy as relates to the arts and humanities. I'd like to look at how public education is re-examining the arts and humanities, and how the arts and humanities are affecting public education, and create podcasts as well as photographs and short written pieces about this.”

 The students will be mentored by  comparative literature professors Nancy and Peter Rabinowitz.

The goal of the NY6 Think Tank is to reinvigorate national dialogues about the value of the Arts & Humanities, to change public opinion by thinking outside the box, listening and speaking to various audiences, discovering and applying ideas from other fields and spheres, and expressing ourselves publicly through highly visible, traditional and non-traditional outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, videos, blogs or other digital platforms.

Established with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the
New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. Through the sharing of expertise and resources, the Consortium enhances options for students, faculty, and staff, while reducing colleges' individual and collective operating and capital costs.

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