Honors Ideas and Culture
Honors Program Presentation

Marist College is ideally situated to take advantage of intellectual and cultural opportunities in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Each semester the Honors Program schedules lectures by top scholars and professionals. Honors students also frequently visit cultural sites, museums, and theatrical performances.

This semester, the Honors Program has traveled to the Wassaic Project, a community-based arts project in the Hudson Valley, to discuss how arts can change communities. Students have also visited the studio of a prominent contemporary artist. The Honors Program also regularly invites academics to speak with students about their research.

In addition, the Honors Program routinely schedules events that highlight important contemporary issues. Recently the Honors Program hosted events with oncology surgeons on the ethics of surgery, an talk on contemporary art with a Wall Street Journal art critic, and discussed the life of a opera singer with a mezzo-soprano who routinely performs at the Metropolitan Opera.  

The cultural and intellectual mission of the honors program is especially evident in Prof. John White’s honors opera seminar. In addition to learning about the history and aesthetics of opera, honors students attend five operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Recently honors students have visited the following sites as co-curricular and extra-curricular activities:

  • Gettysburg, PA
  • Tenement Museum, New York City
  • Metropolitan Opera, New York City
  • Broadway, New York City
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