“Literature is the question, not the answer.”
"Art is a way of recognizing oneself."
"To create one's own world in any art takes courage"
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon, and by moonlight.”
“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”
"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end."
“Curiosity is a moral responsibility.”
“fatti non foste a viver come bruti
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza”
“Wie es ja das grösste Glück sein kann, das Unglück gut zu beschreiben.”
“What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?”
“We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the products of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.”
– Kofi Annan
The Humanities Department functions like a small liberal arts college within the Eastman School of Music by offering students a broad range of intellectually stimulating courses in numerous academic disciplines, including Anthropology, Art History, American Studies, English, English as a Second Language, Film Studies, French, German, History, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Visual Cultural Studies, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies.
The vibrant intellectual culture of the Humanities Department fosters a rich liberal arts education that supports Eastman students’ professional aspirations. The department’s full time faculty provides students with thorough knowledge of texts and ideas, skills in critical analysis, and tools for clear expression. Students may explore diverse fields or pursue focused study in one area with the possibility of earning a minor or major.