“Interdisciplinarity” in the News

Posted: May 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In January 2010 Steve Jobs launched IPad (over 1M have been sold already), ending his presentation with the statement that “we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, to be able to get the best of both, to make extremely advanced products from a technology point of view, but also have them be intuitive, easy to use, fun to use, so that they really fit the users – the users don’t have to come to them, they come to the user.” Some commentators were surprised by his statement but to those of us steeped in the concept of interdisciplinary studies the merging of technology and the liberal arts is nothing new.

MRI of Brain while reading

Then in March, an article in the NYTimes discussed a relatively new movement in literary studies – Neuro-Literary Criticism – in which science and literature are combined in order not only to lend “unexpected insights into individual texts,’ but also to acknowledge how “fiction gives us insight into evolution.”
It is clear that crossing traditional academic boundaries is not simply a fad. It is the primary reason that CUNY Baccalaureate has existed for 39 years, supporting students in the breaking down of academic barriers in their quests for a better understanding of the world and of themselves.

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